Mona Lisa Smile

Mona Lisa Smile2003

Stars: Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Genre: Drama
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 117 minutes

Julia Roberts's command of the screen is so effortless, it's easy for moviegoers to take her for granted--but we shouldn't. Mona Lisa Smile--about a noncomformist teacher at a private school who encourages students to pursue their individuality--is … more »

Joan Brandwyn:
It was my choice... not to go. He would have supported it.

Katherine Watson:
But you don't have to choose.

Joan Brandwyn:
No, I have to. I want a home; I want a family, that's not something I'll sacrifice.

Katherine Watson:
No-one's asking you to sacrifice that, Joan, I just want you to understand you can do both.

Joan Brandwyn:
Do you think I'll wake up one morning and regret not being a lawyer?

Katherine Watson:
Yes, I'm afraid that you will.

Joan Brandwyn:
Not as much as I regret not having a family, not being there to raise them. I know exactly what I'm doing and it doesn't make me any less smart.

[Katherine looks down]

Joan Brandwyn:
This must seem terrible to you.

Katherine Watson:
I didn't say that.

Joan Brandwyn:
Sure you did. You always do. You stand in class and tell us to look beyond the image, but you don't. To you a housewife is someone who sold her soul for a center hall colonial. She has no depth, no intellect, no interests. You're the one who said I could do anything I wanted. This is what I want.

Katherine Watson:
[hugs Joan] Congratulations. Be happy.

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