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Playing Mona Lisa

Playing Mona Lisa
Playing Mona Lisa
Playing Mona Lisa
  • R
  • 1h 37m
  • 2000
Common Sense Media Iconage 17+
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Claire's (Alicia Witt) life goes on a downward spiral right after graduation. Her boyfriend breaks up with her, her piano teacher (Harvey Fierstein) is fed up with her lack of concentration and her apartment is condemned after an earthquake. With no place to go, she must move back in with her dysfunctional family, an eclectic group of relatives. A story telling matriarch (Marlo Thomas), spirit-seeing patriarch (Elliot Gould), picture-perfect sister (Molly Hagan) and a meddling aunt (Estelle Harris). After several weeks of moping at home, Claire's best friends, Sabrina (Brooke Langton) and Arthur (Johnny Galecki), convince her that partying is the best solution for a broken heart. And in spite of trying to play it cool like "Mona Lisa", Claire meets Eddie (Ivan Sergei), a self-proclaimed heir to a fish market, who sweeps her off her feet. Life, however, takes an unusual twist when a few uncanny family and friends secrets are revealed.
© 2000 Two Goldsteins Productions, LLC. and Buena Vista Television. All Rights Reserved.

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Common Sense Says
Funny movie for older teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Claire experiences depression, causing her parents to worry if she'll ever be herself again. Claire's friends believe women must play games to attract men. A gay man who's in denial about his sexuality gets engaged to a woman to keep up appearances. A man implies that he's smarter than the woman he likes because she's a cheerleader. Occasional mild to moderate profanity, with one extreme expletive. Many characters drink excessively, smoke, and use drugs. A character puts drugs in the party food. An engaged character cheats on her fiance. Lots of sex talk, including discussions of orgasms, orgies, and penises. Claire pretends that she has slept with women to impress men. Several female characters dress provocatively, and we see Claire in her underwear. Some passionate kissing. Claire's friend kicks Claire's cheating boyfriend in the groin.

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Positive Messages
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:October 27, 2000
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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