Set in 1953, Katherine Watson is a free-spirited graduate of UCLA who accepts a teaching post at Wellesley College, a women-only school where the students are torn between the repressive mores of the time and their longing for intellectual freedom.
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"INT - DUSTY WAREHOUSE. Julia Roberts unveils a drab Pollock painting. Her students, who still have some common sense left, forcefully try to learn a valuable lesson about art. Closeups of messy paint drips. Cue the violins." Another pretentious and "progressive" anti-50s anti-traditionalism Hollywood film about how getting married and becoming a housewife and a mother is the worst thing to happen to a woman.
julia roberts shines beautifully with a wild heart that is her own guide at a time when women should just display good manners and obey men. and then there is the boring kirsten dunst, who surprisingly didn't put me off. a timeless film that just might teach you a lesson.
Heavy-handed hitting of the major points of oppression of White women in midcentury America. A 'Dead Poets Society' for women, if you will. Yet between the ensemble cast (complete with Tori Amos cameo) and Julia Roberts' character's working class background, I'm all but smitten.