A 2003 drama starring JuliaRoberts, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kirsten Dunst and Julia Stiles. 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.

!!This film provides examples of:

* AlphaBitch: Betty is this [[spoiler: unless her CharacterDevelopment.]]
* BreakTheHaughty: Betty, so much.
* 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 thrives on being challenged.
** Raising a family ''isn't'' challenging?
* BuryYourGays: Amanda's long-term girlfriend dies [[HideYourGays offscreen]] before the film's plot starts.
* TheCameo: Music/ToriAmos as the wedding singer.
* {{Feminism}}: Pre-Second Wave, more specifically.
* TheFifties
* GoodBadGirl: Giselle.
* HighConcept: Has been referred to as a GenderFlip of ''DeadPoetsSociety'' by some reviewers.
* IvyLeague: Takes place at Wellesley College, traditionally a "sister college" to Harvard.
* MRSDegree: Katherine complains that she thought she was educating the leaders of tomorrow, not their wives, as some her students are highly capable but have no personal ambition.
* ReallyGetsAround: Giselle.
* RichBitch: Mrs. Warren and her daughter Betty. Betty gets better, though.
* SchoolNurse: Amanda Armstrong.
* StayInTheKitchen
* StepfordSmiler: "Is Mona Lisa happy? Who cares? The important thing is that she smiles..."
* StrawFeminist: The teacher crosses this line when being too aggressive.
* 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.