Mona Lisa Smile
Source: Catholic News Service
Problematic drama set in 1953 about a free-spirited Berkeley grad (Julia Roberts) who lands a position teaching art history at a conservative all-girls New England college where she locks horns with the rigid faculty over her unorthodox methods, while empowering her students (including Kirsten Dunst and Julia Stiles) to free themselves from the future yoke of domesticity. Directed by Mike Newell, the film eschews character for caricature, advancing a misguided strain of feminism which, rather than fostering a deeper respect for women's dignity, promotes a view of marriage and motherhood as slave-state stumbling blocks to self-fulfillment. An antagonistic attitude toward traditional morality, an implied sexual encounter, as well as minimal crude language and profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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