Media Monday…Mona Lisa Smile

I’ve been rolling through a few movies on Netflix that I *know* the hubster won’t enjoy, and Mona Lisa Smile was one of them.  All in all I’d probably give it a 6 or 7 on a scale of 1-10, but that’s more because of pieces of the plot, rather than the performances.

For starters, what a great cast!  Seriously, Julia Roberts, Marcia Gay Harden, Julia Stiles, Kirstin Dunst, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ginnifer Goodwin?

While the premise of the movie was a bit simplistic, I loved the acting.  Julia Roberts was great (altho seemed to almost too reserved, IMO), but the younger women in this ensemble cast really stole the limelight.  I especially loved Julia Stiles’ character, and the fact she could back up the choice she made, even if it didn’t seem like the “right” one.  Kirstin Dunst was great, so good, in fact, I wanted to smack her character through a huge percentage of the movie 🙂  And Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ginnifer Goodwin were just fabulous.  Marcia Gay Harden was also fantastic.

The “romance” in this?  Not so much.  This is definitely a movie about all of these women, so the romantic secondary story seemed almost gratuitous to me…it just didn’t need to be there, and seemed to be more of a way to make Julia Roberts’ character more sympathetic, when she was just fine as she was.

This is a great girls’ night in movie, so butter up some popcorn, grab a few tissues (because the end WILL make you sniffle) and chill with your best girlfriends.

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