Have you seen the movie Mona Lisa Smile? I missed this one when it first came out, which is kind of surprising given its stellar cast (Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, and Maggie Gyllenhaal to name a few). It’s a look at 1950s life at a women’s college, and I thought it would make the perfect Blogthings quiz, since so many of the characters are interesting and likable.
The best way that I could describe Mona Lisa Smile is that it’s like Dead Poets Society, except with women. And if you ask me, Julia Roberts is just as engaging as Robin Williams was in her own way. This movie is a great look at what life was like for women at a women’s college in 1953 – a world that we are all far away from at this point! It’s such a great escape to watch, but I’d also say it’s quite a thought provoking film as well.
Clearly, Mona Lisa Smile is the perfect movie for anyone interested in coming of age stories, feminism, or history. But something that surprised me is that it’s also a great movie for people interested in art. Just as the world was changing for women and college in the 1950s, the world was changing for art as well. Very fascinating stuff.
Are you a fan of Mona Lisa Smile? Then take my latest quiz: What Mona Lisa Smile Character Are You? What do you think of your result? Is it accurate? Did this quiz spark your interest in the movie – or help you look at it through new eyes.
What other coming of age type movies have you enjoyed? Let me know, and maybe I’ll write a quiz about them!