Mona Lisa Smile
2003
At Wellesley College in 1953, the all-female student population constitutes the best and the brightest, yet they're still measured by how well they marry -- until the arrival of a professor who threatens to upend the status quo.

Scott Hardie: “It was ok.”

Meh. I want to say that this is an affecting, well-acted drama about the dim prospects for well-educated women well into the middle of the 20th century, with certain sharp moments and pretty New England scenery, which is all true. But it's also overzealously liberal and reductive to type, with no use for its characters beyond the predictable lesson that each one exists solely to impart, and the main love story is a real yawner. These actresses can handle (and deserve) much better material.

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