Mona Lisa Smile / Americas Sweethearts

Starring: Julia Roberts

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MONA LISA SMILE: Academy Award -winner Julia Roberts (Best Actress in a Leading Role, Erin Brockovich, 2000) leads an all-star cast featuring Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhall and Marcia Gay Harden. MONA LISA SMILE is a funny, inspiring and uplifting film about an art history professor with a lot to teach about life and much to learn about romance. AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS: Gwen (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Eddie (John Cusack) are AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS...the country's favorite couple, on-screen and off. But when their very public romance turns into a very private breakup, only veteran press agent Lee (Billy Crystal) and Gwen's assistant, Kiki (Julia Roberts), can help Gwen and Eddie show some love while they promote their last film together. But the press junket is in a resort hotel miles from anywhere. And while Lee and Kiki frantically try to keep the media away from the real story and keep Gwen and Eddie from revealing their secret, Kiki finds something entirely unexpected in this romantic comedy about true love, happily ever after and other Hollywood endings.System Requirements:Run Time: 217 min.Format: DVD MOVIE

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 202079086
UPC 043396137523
UPC 14 00043396137523
Format DVD
Release Date 3/15/2011
Keywords
Divas
Filmmaking
Hollywood
Period Piece
Social Issues
Editors Note
Note MONA LISA SMILE: Mike Newell's (HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE) drama is a pretty period film that combines a quaint pedagogical tale with a feminist dissection of traditional female roles in 1950s society. Julia Roberts leads an impressive cast of top young actresses including Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kirsten Dunst, and Julia Stiles. Roberts is Katherine Watson, a revolutionary art-history teacher at Wellesley College in 1953. Though she has true admiration for her intelligent all-female students, she is perturbed that their interest in finding husbands takes precedence over their studies. Determined to instruct them in feminist values and teach them to be independent--defying the college's emphasis on breeding good wives, mothers, and homemakers--Watson is deemed subversive by the administration. Even Watson's identity--from California, over 30 years old, and unmarried--is problematic. And when she turns her class on to modern art rather than teaching the recommended classical curriculum, Watson is severely chastised by the staunchly conservative students and faculty.^Beautiful photography of the picture-perfect Wellesley campus combined with a perpetual parade of lovely period costumes makes MONA LISA SMILE a visual delight. Strong performances by each of the actresses, including Dunst uncharacteristically cast as a prim and proper prude, and Marcia Gay Harden as a boring tv-addicted spinster, only add to the splendor of this enjoyable film.^AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS: Gwen (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Eddie (John Cusack) are AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS, two wildly popular celebrities who share their love on and off the screen in this farcical romantic comedy. But a messy breakup sends Eddie to a New Age Hollywood healing center and Gwen into the arms of her current affair, a Spanish hunk short on charm (Hank Azaria). When their relationship troubles begin to threaten their superstar celebrity status and the release of their final film together, the studio heads call in legendary press agent Lee Phillips (Billy Crystal) to take charge of the troubled film's press junket. Julia Roberts costars as Kiki, Gwen's personal assistant and sister who has always lived to please her demanding diva sister. Once overweight and severely self-conscious, Kiki's life revolves around her sister's ridiculous demands in this sendup of ego-driven movie star vanity, penned cleverly with cynical insider wit by Crystal and Peter Tolan. Phillips manages to gather the warring superstars and gaggles of press together at a remote desert location for the all-important press junket where his best-laid plans begin to unravel in this hilarious parody of the movie industry replete with neurotic actors, eccentric crazed directors (Christopher Walken in a gem of a cameo), maniacal studio heads, and gossip-starved press who will do anything or anyone for the next big story.
Actors
Julia Roberts
Cast & Crew
Billy Crystal - [Sweethearts] Actor
Catherine Zeta-Jones - [Sweethearts] Actor
Hank Azaria - [Sweethearts] Actor
Joe Roth - [Sweethearts] Director
John Cusack - [Sweethearts] Actor
Julia Roberts - [both] Actor
Julia Stiles - [Mona Lisa] Actor
Kirstin Dunst - [Mona Lisa] Actor
Maggie Gyllenhall - [Mona Lisa] Actor
Mike Newell - [Mona Lisa] Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 13752
UPC 00043396137523
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 217 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Awards
Golden Globe (2004) Elton John (music), Bernie Taupin (lyrics) , Nominee, [Mona Lisa] Best Original Song - Motion Picture For the song "The Heart Of Every Girl".
Reviews
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review [Mona] "Irritating" doesn't begin to describe Julia Roberts as Katherine, an art-history prof who arrives at Wellesley in 1953. She's in her prime and eager to teach Stepford girls to be fem-bots. Did she have access to the see-the-future machine that Ben Affleck invented in Paycheck? Smirky Katherine seems to know every step in the women's movement from the last fifty years.
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Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review [Mona] The movie, directed by Mike Newell, may be a little too aware of its sexual politics and might have been more absorbing if Katherine and her students were fighting their way together out of the chains of gender slavery. But the characters involve us, we sympathize with their dreams and despair of their matrimonial tunnel vision, and at the end we are relieved that we listened to Miss Watson and became the wonderful people who we are today.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource USA Today
Review [Sweethearts] "Life is a cookie," pronounces Alan Arkin's wellness guru near the start of the underachieving romantic comedy America's Sweethearts. Let us take that deep thought a step further and say this movie is a cookie. A slightly stale generic-brand cookie. Too often it crumbles, especially given the powerhouse talent (Julia Roberts! Catherine Zeta-Jones! Billy Crystal! John Cusack!) striving to keep this screwball confection from falling apart.
ReviewDate
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Reviewer Susan Wloszczyna
ReviewRating 6
Features
DVD, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Roberts,Julia
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Catherine Tunnacliffe, EYE Weekly [Mona] ...the film is hugely impressive.
David Levine, filmcritic.com [Mona] ...an excellent message for young women that should be embraced...
James Berardinelli's ReelViews [Sweetheart]...caustic and hilarious...
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone [Sweetheart] Catherine Zeta-Jones is gorgeously bitchy.

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