Friday, September 10, 2010
Mona Lisa Smile. C
The model woman in the fifties was an intelligent girl who attended school and then resigned from the studies and work to settle down and raise a family. In Mike Newell's Mona Lisa Smile, Julia Roberts plays a progressive type who teaches a group of students that being a female can mean more than just matching the standards set by society. She's a professor who moves to a very conservative all-girls college to teach art. The girls are used to a textbook education, but this new teacher asks them to see beyond the basics. To discover what art really means. But the movie hardly focuses this, instead going for a more melodramatic romance with too many characters and not enough development. Its also a boring two hours that labels itself as an intellectual film and winds up as a pretty standard chick-flick. As for Roberts, she's her usual competent self, solid but not ground-breaking. The movie ends up faring even less than that.