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Mona Lisa Smile
(2003)
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Conducted by:
David Snell
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Promotional
(December, 2003)
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Promotional release by the studios only. Dozens of copies flooded online auction houses upon its introduction, keeping its value below $50 in many cases.
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Buy it... if your heart melts for every slight variation on Rachel Portman's predictably light and occasionally exuberant thematic non-diversity.

Avoid it... if the perfect chick score for the ultimate chick flick, lead by Portman's trademark strings, woodwinds, and piano, offers nothing to hold your interest.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #537
WRITTEN 2/6/04, REVISED 3/6/09
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Mona Lisa Smile: (Rachel Portman) If the story of 2003's Mona Lisa Smile seems like an all too familiar feminine adaptation of the "outsider teacher breaking conservative school norms to enlighten and progressively guide stifled, young, rich students" mould, then you'd agree with many of the critics who generally brushed the film aside. The project is, in many ways, a gender-reversed version of Dead Poets Society and half a dozen other similar films about conservative boarding schools, and director Mike Newell (who was set to tackle a more famous school in the forthcoming Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) worked to exceed audience expectations by inserting several Academy Award caliber actresses into the cast. As a result, the film was finely crafted, but ultimately left audiences with the "why bother?" question, and Mona Lisa Smile slipped through theatres without much of a struggle. Part of the overwhelming representation of sappy, conservative 1950's life in the film is established by the music used to confidently paint that often majestic picture. In between songs of the era, ranging from traditional to a more defiant collection of "modern" cover versions, is an equally all too familiar, pleasant score by Rachel Portman. To see Portman's name attached to this film warranted an immediate "well, of course" kind of reaction, and her talents are indeed perfectly suited for the lush campus and proper sensibilities of a 1950's female boarding school. While the film does have its emotional ups and downs, it maintains a steady course of guarded optimism, and if Portman addresses any kind of emotion better than all others, it is optimism. After spending a few years finally branching out into genres of films not present in her typecast career up to 2000, Portman fell very comfortably right back into the realm of fluffy chick flick scores in 2003. Given the similarities between all of these projects, one perhaps got the impression that she was simply collecting paychecks in a state of artistic autopilot. In the most basic sense, if Mona Lisa Smile sounds like the variety of chick flick that would bore you to death, then be prepared for a score equal to that task. In every way possible, Portman's music for the film is appropriate and heartening, flowing with ease in between steady statements of an uncomplicated and familiar theme. Unless you are a sucker for every slight variation on that light and occasionally exuberant thematic non-diversity from Portman, then Mona Lisa Smile will drive you nuts.



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388 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.16 Stars
***** 80 5 Stars
**** 91 4 Stars
*** 90 3 Stars
** 68 2 Stars
* 59 1 Stars
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Was the Mona Lisa Smile promo released as a CD-R?
klopjtz - September 7, 2004, at 6:45 p.m.
1 comment  (2230 views)
Mona Lisa's Smile   Expand >>
Anne Teich - July 14, 2004, at 9:44 p.m.
1 comment  (3096 views)
where can i get the disc
Julian J. Mateo-Jimenez - June 22, 2004, at 7:16 p.m.
1 comment  (2219 views)
Cider House Rules
Southall - February 9, 2004, at 9:47 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 31:48
• 1. Opening Titles (2:00)
• 2. Betty Goes to Joan at Night (2:24)
• 3. Amanda is Dismissed (1:33)
• 4. Jackson Pollock (3:19)
• 5. Bike Ride (3:49)
• 6. Giselle Waits for Bill (2:19)
• 7. The Roles You Were Born to Fill (1:34)
• 8. Betty Challenges Katherine (3:54)
• 9. We Will Never Forget You (2:18)
• 10. Why Couldn't You Let Me Be Happy? (1:53)
• 11. Katherine's First Lecture (1:39)
• 12. Paul Leaves (2:08)
• 13. End Credits (2:36)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
There is no packaging on the promo other than a front and back slip covers with basic information on them. A similarly styled "Best Song" promo was issued concurrently with some songs from the film. Both were pressed on silver-colored CDR's.
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