Mona Lisa Smile
A finishing school disguised as a college??
"A good wife lets her husband think that everything's his idea even when it's not."
It is 1953 and our progressive Californian Katerine Watson (Julia Roberts) goes to work at an exclusive all-female university, Wellesley College, eager to make a difference on the lives of senior college girls. This is the kind of college where you are called "subversive" when you handle things differently and Katerine finds herself in trouble with the conservative head with her unconventional teaching methods and modern way of thinking. It seems Wellesley is more concerned with turning the girls into dutiful, supportive wives and mothers than freethinking career women but Katerine is not willing to accept this and tries to show the girls that you can have both marriage and a career. Contrary to popular belief at the time - your world does not need to revolve around your husbands. Julia Roberts does a decent job as the 1950's art professor, who fights conformity. Maggie Gyllenhaal delivers an amazing performance as Gisele and Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, and Ginnifer Goodwin is very effective as well. I believe in the empowerment of women so the message of the movie resonated nicely with me, and I enjoyed this rather endearing film.