History Film / MonaLisaSmile

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''.
2nd Jan '16 3:50:47 PM erracht
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* 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 that they did not wear girdles to class or attend lessons on "poise and elocution".

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* 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 that they did not wear girdles to class or attend lessons on "poise and elocution".
2nd Jan '16 3:49:29 PM erracht
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* AssimilationAcademy: While the school provides young women with an education, it is portrayed as ultimately grooming them toward being proper upper-class housewives.
* BreakTheHaughty: Betty, so much.


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* AssimilationAcademy: While the school provides young women with an education, it is portrayed as ultimately grooming them for the role of proper upper-class housewives.
* BreakTheHaughty: Betty, so much.
31st Dec '15 1:40:30 PM erracht
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: When the film came out, Wellesley College alumnae were not happy about how their school was protrayed, insisting that it was not as snobbish and politically conservative as in the film and that they did not wear girdles to class or attend lessons on "poise and elocution".

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* 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 that they did not wear girdles to class or attend lessons on "poise and elocution".
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