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(2003), PG-13 -- God made the husband the head of the wife, but the wife is the neck.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Columbia Pictures Corporation, Revolution Studios, Red Om Films
Distribution (US): Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director(s): Mike Newell
Producer(s): Richard Baratta, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Joe Roth, Paul Schiff, Deborah Schindler
Written by: Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal
Cinematography/Camera: Anastas N. Michos
Music: Rachel Portman
Film Editing: Mick Audsley
Casting: Ellen Chenoweth, Susie Farris
Production Design: Jane Musky
Art Direction: Patricia Woodbridge
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Katherine Watson (Julia Robert) is a progressive graduate of the University of California - Berkeley and brings to Wellesley College some new ideas ... and methods. Never mind that Wellesley has been set in tradition for nearly a century, educating women only in being the best they can be in terms of productive and supportive partners in marriage and mothers. Watson, being the "free-spirited" and "independent" agent she is, cultural and administrative friction is inevitable.
The statement of this movie is that Wellesley standards for their students was that all women of the time were to be groomed as intellectually stifled "Stepford wives." Watson was to teach them that was not good enough, that anything would be better.
While Mona Lisa Smile was free of violence, one of the characters, Betty Warren (Kirsten Dunst) was walking ruthless vengeance and hatred. Dunst did a very good job of it, too. [Isa. 13:11]. One girl, Giselle Levy (Maggie Gyllenhaal), who was the exceptionally promiscuous (maybe vulnerable?) one, willing to bed just about any male professor available, showed some unexpected color. When Warren became particularly acidic, instead of beating the stuffing out of Warren, Levy embraced her to soothe her anger. And not in a sexual manner as might be expected with the previous hints at lesbianism picked by secular reviewers as well. Joan Brandwyn (Julia Stiles) was the real surprise. As the one who was initially most likely to embrace Watson's new age teachings and as the one who was Yale law school bound, Brandwyn was the one who saw the benefits of the greatest and most important job on the planet. She elected to become the housewife and mother Wellesley tradition cherished.
There is no greater job than the one you mothers have. Our future depends on you. God indeed instructs children to honor their father's commands, but He instructs them to heed your teachings. [Prov. 6:20] Yes, God made the husband the head of the wife [Eph. 5:23], but the wife is the neck who can turn the head any which way she chooses. Mothers and potential mothers, please do not let this Mona Lisa Smile (and soap opera) kind of tripe in entertainment make you think you are any less than you are. Mothers shape the world. One child at a time.
Sorry this is so short but financial matters are getting desperate and I must shorten the time needed to prepare these reports. Fortunately, the shortening of the Summary/Commentary has no effect on the heart of the CAP Analysis Model -- the Findings/Scoring section.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Single Christian Network
Kids, Teens and Home Vertical Portal
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|