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Lisa L. (LisaL) from BLOOMINGTON, IN
Reviewed on 8/18/2011...
Julia Roberts is great as the art history professor trying to instill what we consider "normal" modern-day values into a then not-so-liberted world. While there is factually nothing wrong with honoring a woman as a wife and mother, this movie portrays the downside: when being a wife/motherhood in a 1950s environment is a degrading experience – where the woman is treated like property or a sort of suburbian slave to her career-tracking male spouse.
Whereas motherhood and being a stay-at-home mom is a highly honorable activity, this movie shows the stark contrast of this not being appreciated and elevated to the valuable role it does hold: that of shaping and forming stable children that grow into contributing adults in society.
If you've every scratched your head at some of the youth of today – look no further than the way many kids are now "raised" – the kids with working mothers who haven't had the time and care devoted to them like it was in earlier times. So: This movie does make you think and draw your own opinions. Also has a great sideline romantic aspect.
Thoroughly entertaining. Highly recommended.