History Film / MonaLisaSmile

18th Sep '17 9:04:05 PM Angeldeb82
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* AlphaBitch: Betty is this [[spoiler: until her CharacterDevelopment.]]

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* AlphaBitch: Betty is this [[spoiler: until her CharacterDevelopment.]]CharacterDevelopment]].



* BuryYourGays: Amanda's long-term girlfriend dies [[HideYourGays offscreen]] before the film's plot starts.

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* BuryYourGays: Amanda's long-term girlfriend dies [[HideYourGays [[HideYourLesbians offscreen]] before the film's plot starts.



* CooldownHug: Giselle gives one to Betty [[spoiler: when she finds out that her husband cheats on her.]]

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* CooldownHug: Giselle gives one to Betty [[spoiler: when she finds out that her husband cheats on her.]]her]].



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



* YourCheatingHeart: Sadly [[spoiler: Betty's husband doesn't turn out to be so reliable to her.]]

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* YourCheatingHeart: Sadly [[spoiler: Betty's husband doesn't turn out to be so reliable to her.]]her]].
1st Sep '17 11:44:42 PM tv1995
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* RacistGrandmother: Or mother in this case. Betty's mother doesn't like Giselle because she's jewish.

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* RacistGrandmother: RacistGrandma: Or mother in this case. Betty's mother doesn't like referred to Giselle because she's jewish.as a racial slur for being Jewish.
1st Sep '17 11:42:48 PM tv1995
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* It'sAllAboutMe: Betty's mother concerning Betty's marriage to Spencer. She insisted that Betty be the perfect wife and refuses to take her back when her marriage goes south. After Spencer cheats on Betty, she tells Betty to try and make her marriage work for a year and not to tell anyone so that it doesn't damage her mother's reputation. Betty eventually tells her off and divorces Spencer anyways.

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* It'sAllAboutMe: ItsAllAboutMe: Betty's mother concerning Betty's marriage to Spencer. She insisted that Betty be the perfect wife and refuses to take her back when her marriage goes south. After Spencer cheats on Betty, she tells Betty to try and make her marriage work for a year and not to tell anyone so that it doesn't damage her mother's reputation. Betty eventually tells her off and divorces Spencer anyways.
5th Aug '17 11:29:02 AM tv1995
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* AFriendInNeed: Giselle and Betty for most of the movie are at each other's throats until [[spoiler: Giselle finds out that Spencer cheats on Betty]]. Not only she doesn't mock her, but she's the one who fixes her.

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* AFriendInNeed: Giselle and Betty for most of the movie are at each other's throats until [[spoiler: Giselle finds out that Spencer cheats on Betty]]. Not only she doesn't she mock her, but she's the one who fixes her.



* It'sAllAboutMe: Betty's mother concerning Betty's marriage to Spencer. She insisted that Betty be the perfect wife and refuses to take her back when her marriage goes south. After Spencer cheats on Betty, she tells Betty to try and make her marriage work for a year and not to tell anyone so that it doesn't damage her mother's reputation. Betty eventually tells her off and divorces Spencer anyways.



* RacistGrandmother: Or mother in this case. Betty's mother doesn't like Giselle because she's jewish.



* YouCantGoHomeAgain: When Betty's marriage goes wrong, her mother doesn't want to take her back because her husband's house is her home now.

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* YouCantGoHomeAgain: When Betty's marriage goes wrong, her mother doesn't want to take her back because so that she can trap Betty into her husband's house is marriage. She eventually calls her home now.mother out on that and tells her she is renting an apartment in Greenwich village with Giselle, someone her mother can't stand.
26th Jul '17 3:17:02 PM tv1995
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* EthicalSlut: While Giselle has affairs with older, often married men, she's the one who discovers Spencer is cheating on Betty and even helps make it right. Despite her liberal views, she is not a bad person.


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* HeelFaceTurn: Betty spends the entire beginning of the film insisting women observe their place as wives and mothers, even publicly attacking Amanda Armstrong and Katherine Watson for not having the same standards. After her marriage fails, she changes her standards by divorcing her husband and renting an apartment with Giselle. She even was considering law school, something she was against when Joan was considering it.
15th May '17 6:22:05 PM Seraphine
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* AlphaBitch: Betty is this [[spoiler: unless her CharacterDevelopment.]]
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: When the film came out, Wellesley College alumnae were not happy about how their school was protrayed, insisting that while it was indeed typical at the time to get married after you graduated, the overall environment at the school was not as snobbish and politically conservative as in the film and they did not wear girdles to class or attend lessons on "poise and elocution".

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* AlphaBitch: Betty is this [[spoiler: unless until her CharacterDevelopment.]]
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: When the film came out, Wellesley College alumnae were not happy about how their school was protrayed, portrayed, insisting that while it was indeed typical at the time to get married after you graduated, the overall environment at the school was not as snobbish and politically conservative as in the film and they did not wear girdles to class or attend lessons on "poise and elocution".



* BreakTheHaughty: 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]].

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* BreakTheHaughty: Betty and her journey as a Stepford Wife after a lavish wedding ceremony and a FairytaleWeddingDress [[spoiler: only for her hubby neglects to neglect her and eventually cheats cheat on her]].



* 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.

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* HotForStudent: While Giselle is the only one openly mentioned to be part of Dunbar's affairs it's openly mentioned only the one with Giselle, affairs, it's heavily implied he has slept with other students as well.



* TheMourningAfter: Nancy gets drunk at Betty's wedding and reveals how much she mourns her boyfriend who died in WorldWarII.
** Actually {{subverted}}, as she gets drunker and admits he dumped her.

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* TheMourningAfter: Nancy gets drunk at Betty's wedding and reveals how much she mourns her boyfriend who died in WorldWarII.
UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
** Actually {{subverted}}, {{subverted|Trope}}, as she gets drunker and admits he dumped her.



* WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant: Most of the characters in the movie except for Giselle and a briefly-seen black student (a non-speaking part). [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since the setting is an UsefulNotes/IvyLeague in TheFifties so a multiethnic university is almost unthinkable.

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* WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant: Most of the characters in the movie except for Giselle and a briefly-seen black student (a non-speaking part). [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] {{Justified|Trope}} since the setting is an UsefulNotes/IvyLeague in TheFifties so a multiethnic university is almost unthinkable.



* YourCheatingHeart: Sadly [[spoiler: Betty's husband doesn't turns out to be so reliable to her.]]

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* YourCheatingHeart: Sadly [[spoiler: Betty's husband doesn't turns turn out to be so reliable to her.]]
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.
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