MONA LISA SMILE (2003) GEM, 8.40PM, PG, DRAMA

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

Women in 1950s Amer­ica were never to ques­tion their house­wife sta­tus quo. En­ter Ju­lia Roberts, a fem­i­nist art his­tory teacher at one of the top girls’ col­leges in the coun­try, armed with a knowl­edge of Jack­son Pollock paint­ings and a de­sire to lib­er­ate the minds of her prissy pupils. As ex­pected, she runs into some re­sis­tance, prin­ci­pally from snob Kirsten Dunst. With tal­ented co-stars Ju­lia Stiles, Mag­gie Gyl­len­haal and Gin­nifer Good­win, it’s a shame the trite script lacks the en­ergy and pas­sion of a Pollock paint­ing. Also stars Dominic West and Mar­cia Gay Harden. ★★★

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