Ensemble chick flicks: ”Mona Lisa Smile”
THE PREMISE A free-spirited, feminist art-history teacher (Julia Roberts) comes to Wellesley College in the 1950s, and changes her students’ lives forever.
THE LEADING LADIES Roberts as The Liberated Chick, Kirsten Dunst as The Conservative Priss, Julia Stiles as The Soul Searcher, Ginnifer Goodwin as The Wallflower, Maggie Gyllenhaal as The Vamp
THE SCOUNDRELS Dominic West as an unscrupulous cad of a professor; Jordan Bridges as Dunst’s philandering hubby
YOU’LL LAUGH… When the normally uptight home-ec teacher (Marcia Gay Harden) gets embarrassingly drunk at a wedding
YOU’LL CRY… When one of the leading ladies rides off into the sunset on graduation day
FUN FACT Despite the presence of box office golden girl Roberts, Smile grossed a somewhat disappointing $64 million domestically.
WHAT EW SAID ”The movie’s a Vanity Fair cover shoot posing as a feminist lesson for postfeminist moviegoers who never understood the big whoop about keeping one’s name after marriage.” (Read the review)