12 certificateMona Lisa Smile is a Film programme that first aired in 2003 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

Mona Lisa Smile is a 3 star programme

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Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

Directed by
Mike Newell

Featuring memorable performances from some Hollywood's top actresses, this delightful film - released in 2003 - is about one woman's struggle to bring feminism to a stuffy school for girls in the early 1950s.

Julia Roberts (pictured) stars as Katherine Ann Watson, a spirited feminist graduate who moves to Massachusetts to teach at the prestigious Wellesley College. She's keen to spread her message of female empowerment among the young and impressionable students, who include Kirsten Dunst as Betty Warren, Julia Stiles as Joan Brandwyn and Maggie Gyllenhaal as Giselle Levy.

When they are first introduced to their new teacher, the girls are set in their ways and disinterested. They already have one eye on finding a husband and settling down, which, despite their obvious intelligence, makes their education something of a secondary priority.

This being 1953, Katherine strives to convince the girls that they can become success stories in their own right. What she is meant to be teaching them, though, is art history, and when the school's directors learn what is going on in her classes, they fire out a warning for her to change her unorthodox ways. Katherine bonds with the girls and finds that each of them possesses an incredible inner strength and willingness to learn. Perhaps they will fulfil their potential as individuals after all.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 125 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2003

3/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Filmed in Colour


Image for Julia RobertsJulia Roberts...Katherine Ann Watson
Image for Kirsten DunstKirsten Dunst...Betty Warren
Image for Julia StilesJulia Stiles...Joan Brandwyn
Image for Maggie GyllenhaalMaggie Gyllenhaal...Giselle Levy
Image for Ginnifer GoodwinGinnifer Goodwin...Connie Baker
Image for Dominic WestDominic West...Bill Dunbar
Image for Juliet StevensonJuliet Stevenson...Amanda Armstrong
Image for Marcia Gay HardenMarcia Gay Harden...Nancy Abbey
Image for John SlatteryJohn Slattery...Paul Moore
Marian Seldes...President Jocelyn Carr
Donna Mitchell...Mrs. Warren
Terence Rigby...Dr. Edward Staunton
Jennie Eisenhower...Girl at the Station
Leslie Lyles...Housing Director
Laura Allen...Susan Delacorte