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Mona Lisa Smile

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and thematic issues.

PG-13 In Theaters 12/19/2003 , 119min.
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Plot & Details

Set in 1953, Mona Lisa Smile tells the story of Katherine Watson (Julia Roberts), a new young art history professor at Wellesley College, an all-female campus with a prestigious reputation for academic excellence. Unfortunately for free-minded Berkeley grad Watson, her East Coast teaching stint comes during a less-progressive time that finds most of her students -- among them Betty Warren (Kirsten Dunst), Joan Brandwyn (Julia Stiles), and Giselle Levy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) -- more interested in nabbing a good husband than achieving scholastic and intellectual growth. Watson challenges her students and the Wellesley faculty to think outside of the current mores of the community and redefine what it means to be a success; meanwhile, she tries to come to terms with her own heart's desires. Mona Lisa Smile co-stars Marcia Gay Harden, Juliet Stevenson, and, as Watson's conflicting love interests, Dominic West and John Slattery.

Awards

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Song Bernie Taupin Nominated
2003 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Song Elton John Nominated

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