History Film / MonaLisaSmile

6th Apr '17 1:19:01 PM Mdumas43073
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* SeeminglyWholesome50sGirl: The most prominent example is Giselle, a straight-A student by day, and a FemmeFatale by night.

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* SeeminglyWholesome50sGirl: SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl: The most prominent example is Giselle, a straight-A student by day, and a FemmeFatale by night.
6th Apr '17 1:18:13 PM Mdumas43073
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In [[TheFifties 1953]], a 30-something grad student from UCLA named Katherine Watson (Roberts) accepts a teaching position at a liberal arts college for women in Massachusetts. Katherine's teaching style is unorthodox, as is her ardent feminism, and while she is welcomed by some of her students and colleagues, she also ruffles a lot of feathers - particularly of the college president and of the head of the alumnae association.

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In [[TheFifties 1953]], a 30-something grad student from UCLA named Katherine Watson (Roberts) accepts a teaching position at a liberal arts college for women in Massachusetts. Katherine's teaching style is unorthodox, as is her ardent feminism, and while she is welcomed by some of her students and colleagues, she also ruffles a lot of feathers - -- particularly those of the college president and of the head of the alumnae association.
6th Apr '17 1:14:54 PM Mdumas43073
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A 2003 drama starring Creator/JuliaRoberts, Creator/MaggieGyllenhaal, Creator/KirstenDunst and Creator/JuliaStiles. A 30-something grad student from UCLA named Katherine Watson (Roberts) in 1953 accepts a teaching position at a liberal arts college for women in Massachusetts. Katherine's teaching style is unorthodox, as is her ardent feminism, and while she is welcomed by some of her students and colleagues, she also ruffles a lot of feathers - particularly of the college president and of the head of the alumnae association.

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A 2003 drama directed by Mike Newell, starring Creator/JuliaRoberts, Creator/MaggieGyllenhaal, Creator/KirstenDunst and Creator/JuliaStiles. A Creator/JuliaStiles.

In [[TheFifties 1953]], a
30-something grad student from UCLA named Katherine Watson (Roberts) in 1953 accepts a teaching position at a liberal arts college for women in Massachusetts. Katherine's teaching style is unorthodox, as is her ardent feminism, and while she is welcomed by some of her students and colleagues, she also ruffles a lot of feathers - particularly of the college president and of the head of the alumnae association.
27th Sep '16 2:44:44 PM leraluna
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* BreakTheHaughty: Betty, so much.

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* BreakTheHaughty: Betty, so much.Betty and her journey as a Stepford Wife after a lavish wedding ceremony and a FairytaleWeddingDress [[spoiler: her hubby neglects her and eventually cheats on her]].



* TheFifties

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* TheFiftiesTheFifties:



* FreudianSlip: Katherine calls Paul "Bill" revealing that she's not into him anymore.

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* FreudianSlip: Katherine calls Paul "Bill" revealing that she's not into him anymore.** Rather ironically, Giselle herself as an Electra Complex as an excuse for her developing a taste for older men.



* GoodBadGirl: Giselle.
* HandsomeLech: Bill Dunbar

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* GoodBadGirl: Giselle.
* HandsomeLech: You'll never see Bill DunbarDunbar without a chick on his side.



* HumansAreFlawed: Bill tries to play this card after [[spoiler:Katherine finds out that he lied about being a war hero]]. He even goes as far as comparing his situation to Joan's. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]

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* HotForStudent: While of Dunbar's affairs it's openly mentioned only the one with Giselle, it's heavily implied he has slept with other students as well.
* HumansAreFlawed: Bill tries to play this card after [[spoiler:Katherine [[spoiler: Katherine finds out that he lied about being a war hero]]. He even goes as far as comparing his situation to Joan's. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]



** Actually {{subverted}}, as she gets drunker and admits he dumped her.



* ReallyGetsAround: Giselle.

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* OedipusComplex: Giselle's father left his family, and it's implied that is the reason why she seeks sleeps mostly with older men.
* ReallyGetsAround: Giselle.Giselle has a quite lively love life, with an OedipusComplex as her FreudianExcuse.



* SchoolNurse: Amanda Armstrong.

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* SchoolNurse: Amanda Armstrong.Armstrong, who is quite forward-thinking in discreetly supplying contraceptives to the students.
* SeeminglyWholesome50sGirl: The most prominent example is Giselle, a straight-A student by day, and a FemmeFatale by night.



* StayInTheKitchen

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* StayInTheKitchenStayInTheKitchen: The generic expectation is that the college will prepare the girls for [[MrsDegree their future role as housewives]] and when it's not blatantly stated, it's strongly suggested.


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* WrongNameOutburst: Katherine calls Paul "Bill" revealing that she's not into him anymore.
24th Sep '16 5:29:00 PM nombretomado
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* HighConcept: Has been referred to as a GenderFlip of ''DeadPoetsSociety'' by some reviewers.

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* HighConcept: Has been referred to as a GenderFlip of ''DeadPoetsSociety'' ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'' by some reviewers.
25th May '16 3:26:22 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* TroubledAbuser: Betty, after [[spoiler:her husband start cheating on her]] and even before. She tends to bully people who don't fit in the society as well as her, but is in turn treated similarly by her mother. It's also implied that even Mrs. Warren, a bitch as she is, had a miserable married life herself and that's the reason she's constantly pressuring her daughter into trying even harder to fit the ideal.

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* TroubledAbuser: Betty, after [[spoiler:her husband start starts cheating on her]] and even before. She tends to bully people who don't fit in the society as well as her, but is in turn treated similarly by her mother. It's also implied that even Mrs. Warren, a bitch as she is, had a miserable married life herself and that's the reason she's constantly pressuring her daughter into trying even harder to fit the ideal.
16th Feb '16 9:25:10 PM shamblingdead2
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* FreudianExcuse : Betty accuses Giselle of having an Electra complex.
16th Jan '16 3:17:53 AM erracht
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* BrokenAesop: Joan [[spoiler:decides to get married rather than go to Yale]] and is happy to have done so. She tells Katherine that being a housewife doesn't mean that she doesn't have any depth or value. That's a fair point, although it might have worked better coming from a character other than Joan, a straight A student and ExtracurricularEnthusiast who actually wanted to "have it both" ''and'' had been implied to repress the desire to continue her education in order to fit the conventional role of a staying at home wife. In this context her final decision seems more like conforming than anything else and her husband's jokes about how [[spoiler:it was impossible for Joan to go to Yale because then the dinner wouldn't be at 5]] don't make it any more comfortable.

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* BrokenAesop: Joan [[spoiler:decides to get married rather than go to Yale]] and is happy to have done so. She tells Katherine that being a housewife doesn't mean that she doesn't have any depth or value. That's a fair point, although it might have worked better coming from a character other than Joan, a straight A student and ExtracurricularEnthusiast who actually wanted to "have it both" ''and'' had been implied to repress the desire to continue her education in order to fit the conventional role of a staying at home stay-at-home wife. In this context her final decision seems more like conforming than anything else and her husband's jokes about how [[spoiler:it was impossible for Joan to go to Yale because then the dinner wouldn't be at 5]] don't make it any more comfortable.
16th Jan '16 3:06:15 AM erracht
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* TheMourningAfter: Nancy gets drunk at Betty's wedding and reveals how much she mourns her boyfrien who died in WorldWarII.

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* TheMourningAfter: Nancy gets drunk at Betty's wedding and reveals how much she mourns her boyfrien boyfriend who died in WorldWarII.
16th Jan '16 2:53:32 AM erracht
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The film reads a lot like a gender-flipped ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety''.


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* SpiritualSuccessor: to ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety''.
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