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.

The film reads a lot like a gender-flipped ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety''.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* 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".
* 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.
* 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 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.
* BuryYourGays: Amanda's long-term girlfriend dies [[HideYourGays offscreen]] before the film's plot starts.
* TheCameo: Music/ToriAmos as the wedding singer.
* ConsummateLiar: Bill turns out to be one.
* CooldownHug: Giselle gives one to Betty [[spoiler: when she finds out that her husband cheats on her.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Giselle and Amanda.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Both Betty and Katherine.
* {{Feminism}}: Pre-Second Wave, more specifically.
* TheFifties
* FreudianExcuse : Betty accuses Giselle of having an Electra complex.
* FreudianSlip: Katherine calls Paul "Bill" revealing that she's not into him anymore.
* 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.
* GoodBadGirl: Giselle.
* HandsomeLech: Bill Dunbar
* HighConcept: Has been referred to as a GenderFlip of ''DeadPoetsSociety'' by some reviewers.
* HotForTeacher: Giselle had an affair with Mr. Dunbar, and clearly she's still quite smitten.
* 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.]]
* TheIngenue: Connie, and that's why Betty usually picks on her.
* LoveMartyr: Giselle knows full well what kind of a man Bill is, but can't get over him and would be willing to take him back if he was interested.
* TheMourningAfter: Nancy gets drunk at Betty's wedding and reveals how much she mourns her boyfriend who died in WorldWarII.
* 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.
* RealWomenDontWearDresses: Katherine's attitude borders on this till she gets a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* RichBitch: Mrs. Warren and her daughter Betty. Betty gets better, though.
* SchoolNurse: Amanda Armstrong.
* SpiritualSuccessor: to ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety''.
* 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.
* TokenMinority: Giselle is the only Jewish student we get to see, and it's implied that it's one of the causes of her being an outcast.
* 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.
* VictoriousLoser: Katherine at the end of the movie. [[spoiler: She lost her job, her romance with Bill went up in smoke, but she remained true to herself and her principles. As a bonus, her disappointment in Joan settling for life as a happy homemaker, is balanced by the knowledge that she helped Betty, who throughout most of the film had been her most inveterate and effective opponent and upholder of the social status quo, to muster the strength to build her own life in defiance of the rigid norms of the early 1950s.]]
* 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.
* 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.
* YourCheatingHeart: Sadly [[spoiler: Betty's husband doesn't turns out to be so reliable to her.]]
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