Picture from Mona Lisa Smile
Overall C

In the fall of 1953, a frigid and traditional New England school for young women gets a jolt of warm Californian mind-set. Hired as the new art history teacher, Katherine Watson (Julia Roberts) begins to challenge her female students (Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ginnifer Goodwin) --not in art, but in the traditional roles of womanhood they have learned since childhood.

Violence A
Sexual Content B-
Profanity C
Substance Use C

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content and thematic issues.

Talk to your kids about…

Mona Lisa Smile

This movie and others like it (Far From Heaven, The Hours) depict the 1950’s as a time when many women were unhappy. Do you think that was reflective of all women? Over the last 50 years, choices for women have expanded. Have these increased opportunities made the women of today any happier?

How did Katherine’s dress reflect her attitude toward the more formal mores of the college?