"But you don't have to choose."
"No, I have to. I want a home, I want a family, that's not something I'll sacrifice."
"No one's asking you to sacrifice that, Joan. I just want you to understand that you can do both."
"You think I'll wake up one morning and regret not being a lawyer?"
"Yes, I'm afraid that you will."
"Not as much as I'd 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. This must seem terrible to you."
"I didn't say that."
"Sure you do. 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."
~Julia Stiles and Julia Roberts, Mona Lisa's Smile
I love this movie more and more the more that I see it. (Of course, this was only my second viewing, but even so.) I love the different characters. They're so diverse and interesting. Julia Roberts isn't stunning but it's interesting to see her idealistic dreams and the way everyone keeps pulling them down around her. I love Julia Stiles' character, especially the above dialogue. I like Connie a lot, too, the way she thinks so little of herself. And G'iselle is so strong and independent. And Nancy is such a sad person, it just makes you want to cry or cringe depending on what she's doing at the time. The way she reverts into her patterns and rituals so that she doesn't have to think about what she isn't. And I even like Betty, in the end. The way that she finally finds strength.
I just realized. This movie is kind of like Dangerous Minds, but in the end they give her paint-by-numbers instead of candy bars. Eh, they don't call her the light either but they chase after her on bikes so that's pretty much the same thing. Actually that last part is a lot closer to the guys standing on their desks at the end of Dead Poet's Society.
Hey, cool, that was directed by a guy.
Well, I should probably go to bed now.