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Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

I knew that the first review we got of this film was going to include a reference to DEAD POETS SOCIETY. It was pretty much inevitable. I liked the script for what it was, though, and thought it had a strong point of view. Did Diz, our lovely guest reviewer, think it was worthwhile? Let’s see...


I know it's a girly movie but here's my review of Julia Robert's next movie "Mona Lisa Smile". I don't know if you care much about this movie but 'they' were planning on releasing this as a holiday box office hit. Wow, could they be more wrong. Here's the review I gave my friends- they all call me Disney69. :)

"Mona Lisa Smile" is Julia Roberts newest movie to be released during the holiday season. For some odd reason, I was lucky enough to view this movie.

It's still in the final editing stage and one scene hasn't been shot yet. I took ALL of this into consideration while writing this. Since I wasn't allowed the adequate time to put in my views to the prominent people, I'll do it here for you fine folks.

"Mona Lisa Smile"

It's unfair to say that this stars Julia Roberts, even though she plays the lead. The girls (Julia Styles, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kirsten Dunst- to name a few) really stole the show with their obvious connection. Ah, but the plot you ask? Here's what IMDB says: "This is the story of a free-spirited Berkeley graduate in 1953 who takes a position as a teacher at the women's college, Wellesley. "

Katherine Watson (Julia Roberts) is an art teacher who teaches 20th century artists in the 1950's. She brings to the classroom the controversial Pollack and Picasso so you can image what the school board thought. Katherine tries to open the minds of her female students to their possibilities and not to what 'society' tells them they must be i.e. a good wife for your husband. This movie is no "Dead Poets Society".

Blah, blah, blah... right? You are correct! Julia gets on screen, it's all good but when she opens her mouth she wreaks of the 21st century while the others around her don the speech, manners and garb of the proper era. Julia doesn't even TRY to appear to be brought up in the same time period. The costumer either didn't care to make Julia fit into the time (was going for “a woman before her time” look) or got shot down by SOMEone because everyone else around her was perfectly dressed! Who was even MORE out of place than Julia? Tori Amos as the singer of a big band. That was weird. Talk about uncomfortable looking.

Okay, okay, relationships. The love story comes out of nowhere, both of them! Julia doesn't seem to connect with her men or the students who DO admire her. The ONE character you can see Robert's being best friends with is fired from the college in the first 30 minutes of this 2 hour movie! The girls on the other hand seem that they've been best friends since birth.


I did like in the end how Julia Styles' character puts it in Julia Roberts' face that she's happy and content with the role that society has put upon her and she willingly turns down Yale and her career as a lawyer. I also liked when Maggie Gyllenhaal's bitchy character for once has the right to be a complete bitch to Kirsten Dunst but doesn't and helps her friend. (Maybe that's the girly factor in me coming out)

*****SPOILER OVER*****

This is not the most terrific movie but MAYbe with some deleted scenes and characters... it will be worthy of a Holiday Release as they are planning now.

Best Regards,


Thanks, Diz. It’s got a great young cast of actresses, and I’d be hard-pressed not to watch something with both Maggie Gyllenhaal and Kirsten Dunst. YUM AND YUMMER, so to speak.

"Moriarty" out.

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