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Pretty Woman was made in 1990, so it is a very old film, but in my opinion still one of the best in its genre! I think it is one of those films that toys with your emotions on every level. The dvd version of the film was released in 2001.
This is the film that made Julia Roberts what she is today I think. She really has excelled herself in this, just the pure charisma and emotion she shows through the whole film is truly outstanding. I think she is a fantastic actor anyway, but this was 100% her making.
~~An overview of the film~~
The film is a about a young woman, who has turned to prostitution as a way of making money. She meets a man, who wants to spend a week with her as his "employee" and she agrees to the tune of $3000, which she is thrilled about. Vivian, which is Julia Robert's character, is sent out to buy new clothes to go out to dinner in, but the ladies in the shop are very rude to her because she is still dressed as a hooker. The hotel manager ends up helping her by sending her to one of his friends who is in clothing, who promptly helps her to find a dress. During the week, she falls in love with Mr.Lewis, which is the guy who employed her, and he feels the same way!
This is a brilliant film, full of drama. I would say it was a love/romance film, but with a twist. It would be suitable for anyone who enjoys a good story. As it is an old film, it can be picked up relatively cheap, around £4 including delivery! I highly recommend this film!
Recently I have seen many reviews for classic films and although it could be argued by many that this is not a classy film, for many my age it has an almost cult feel about it. Being released in 1990, this film was definitely a feature of my teenage years. I haven't watched it for a few years, but I have watched it so many times its embarrassing, my husband used to audibly groan when it was advertised on television, as he knew I would insist on watching it.
The film is a modern day fairy tale, Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) is a hooker, who is asked by Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) for directions when he gets lost. It leads to an interesting proposition for Vivian to stay with Edward in his hotel and to be his escort to his many functions. This classic tale sees Cinders transformed into the Princess in a modern setting, but showing surprising self respect despite her current career choice.
The film is full of vibrant music, the most memorable is obviously Roy Orbison belting out "oh, Pretty Women". For me, the other main song has to be "It must have been love" sang by Roxette. Hearing either song transports me to this film.
This film lasts 119 minutes, was directed by Garry Marshall, and Julia Roberts received a best actress award in the 48th Golden Globes Awards. Obviously both Richard Gere and Julie Roberts are stars in many films but Julia was just aged 21 when this was filmed. They were back together in 1999 in "Runaway bride".
The film seems to make the rounds on terrestrial television, although I haven't seen it recently. However to purchase this DVD from Amazon for £3 with free delivery. On ebay bidding stars at 50p.
I'm sure there is many out there who would score this film as a 1 star however this film was a bit part of my late teens / young adult life, its a film that never fails to cause a little cry (pathetic I know) and is a true chick flick therefore apologies but its getting the full house of stars from me.
RELEASED: 1990, Cert. 15
RUNNING TIME: Approx. 120 mins
DIRECTOR: Garry Marshall
PRODUCERS: Arnon Milchan & Steven Reuther
SCREENPLAY: J F Lawton
MUSIC: James Newton Howard
Richard Gere as Edward
Julia Roberts as Vivian
Laura San Giacomo as Kit
Jason Alexander as Philip Stuckey, Edward's lawyer
Hector Elizondo as Barney, hotel manager
FILM ONLY REVIEW
Vivan is a Hollywood street hooker, who whilst on the beat, is called over by Edward, a very smart, rich-looking man in a flash car who is on a business trip. He asks her for directions, and it suddenly dawning on him that she is a hooker, offers her a substantial amount of money to spend the night with him, then to stay for a week, acting as his escort....with no sex involved.
Vivian agrees, and from that point onwards, her and Edward's relationship travels down some (for them) unexpected and rather pleasant avenues.
Meanwhile, Edward carries on with his business wheeling and dealing, taking on near-bankrupt companies, breaking them down, and selling the smaller elements at a huge profit....and, he isn't short of a bob or two, which Vivian discovers as he lavishes her with expensive clothes and dinner at posh restaurants.
Pretty Woman is a fairly light-hearted comedy romp, which I was rather nervous about watching (never having seen it before until recently), simply because I do have a problem with Julia Roberts...I'm afraid she irritates the hell out of me most of the time.
This is quite a sleek production of a film, despite the storyline being somewhat predictable. Although it is intended to have its comedy elements, it didn't really make me laugh as my sense of humour runs along a completely different path.
Julia Roberts acted the part of Vivian pretty well....it isn't her acting that I have the problem with....it's just her, but she did deliver the goods to at least reasonable standard. I did rather like Richard Gere's portrayal of Edward, the calm, laid-back rich man who'd not been too lucky with romance, and who just wanted a pretty woman to be by his side for a week. Jason Alexander played the part of Philip Stuckey, Edward's slimeball lawyer quite well, although I wanted to flatten the character as he really gave me the creeps. My two favourites though were Hector Elizondo as Barney, the diplomatic hotel manager who made sure that Vivian was well looked after in Edward's absence.....and, Laura San Giacomo as Kit, Vivian's bubbly hooker friend.
The music to Pretty Woman is quite good, obviously utilising Roy Orbison's song part way through the film, then at the end as its closing theme. Much of the other music is very listenable to, including Roxette's It Must Have Been Love, but not something that I'd buy, as to me it came across as just what it is, a score written for a film.
Although Pretty Woman isn't quite my bag when it comes to films that I can really sink into and enjoy at any level, I did find it reasonably entertaining and was able to happily sit it through until the end, although I did feel it was a little too long. Perhaps I'd have felt more comfortable were the running time reduced by twenty or so minutes.
It was quite interesting to watch the various 'tests' that Edward put Vivian through, whether such was planned or incidental, and the way she responded to them, there being a huge contrast between them as people and their day to day lifestyles....but, thinking about it, were they professionally not so far apart from one another as seems on the surface? For instance, Edward screws flagging companies for large sums of money, and Vivian screws her clients for far smaller sums....just that Edward does it in a smart suit and around a board of executives table, and Vivian does it by hanging around on street corners offering her services. Maybe that was where they had a connection of sorts as people, or am I looking too deeply into grey areas of the film that might not even be there? Whatever, I found it an interesting comparison, even if it has come straight out of my imagination and possible misconception.
Pretty Woman is a typical sort of rom-com of the type that I usually give a wide berth to, but it isn't quite as bad as some others that I've seen. I did gain a degree of entertainment from the film, although my attention began to flag a little towards the end, largely due to being able to predict what would happen.
Overall, Pretty Woman isn't quite my type of film and I don't think I'd watch it again, but it did pass the better part of an evening for me in a vaguely pleasant way. I have a suspicion that it probably would appeal to women more than men, or are there any males out there who can prove me wrong?
I'd imagine that up until yesterday evening, I was probably one of the very few people on the planet who hadn't seen this film, but if there is someone out there who hasn't indulged yet, then I'd say from my own standpoint, that it is a pleasant, mostly light-hearted, well-constructed romp which could be a bit sharper on the comedy stakes, but the dialogue is perfectly acceptable as is the acting, and maybe it's the type of film to watch when you're feeling a bit tired, needing to be entertained, not wanting to go to bed and can't summon up the energy required to get stuck into anything too heavy/demanding.
At the time of writing, Pretty Woman can be purchased from Amazon as follows:-
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why does everyone love this film? Its about a rich man who uses prosititutes!! No matter how you look at it, from the man or the womans viewpoint, this is not a romantic film, why do all women think it is?
From the mans point of view, he finds a woman who is presumably desperate form money, and is thus a prosititute, and she loves hanging around with the rich guy who buys her whatever she wants, and gives her a better life. So she is a gold digger? To combat this they have made it clear to you that she doesn't kiss. Oh thank god. She is a woman of virtues then. We can overlook everything else, what a woman, a pillar of society, I wish my daughter would grow up to be like this. I am being sarcastic here...
Fromt the womans point of view, all he wants is to own the woman, buy her and change her to how he wants her to be.
Nightmare film. Don't hold it up as a benchmark for romanticism or you will have a bad love life..
(film only review)
I watched the film in the early 1990s when it was released. I remember that I enjoyed it and I also remember that I didn't think one profound thought about it. Last week I watched it again and since then have thought many profound thoughts about it. It was an assignment for a seminar at uni I attend with the title 'Pygmalion: The Reception of Ovid's Myth in Drama, Narrative Fiction, and Film'. I was surprised to see this film title on the schedule but know now that it makes perfect sense to include it. But the Greek myth of Ovid and Galatea is not the only layer the film has, there's more to it. Its multilayeredness and ambiguity together with the charisma of the actors may be responsible for its huge success which surprised the Hollywood production company Touchstone Pictures and director Garry Marshall.
Edward Lewis (Richardf Gere) is a stinking rich businessman whose speciality is to buy firms on their way down to bankruptcy for cheap money, cut them into small sections and sell them off at a high price. Once when in LA for business he gets lost and asks a young woman, Vivian Ward, (Julia Roberts) for directions. He's so absorbed in the car he doesn't know how to drive that he doesn't notice at first that she's a hooker. When he realises it, he engages her for one night to keep him company in the penthouse suite of a posh hotel and then for a whole week. He gets an attractive companion he can show off with at social meetings and she 3000 $, a good deal for both. How the relationship develops and changes the two people is the content of the story.
The general plot line is predictable because Pretty Woman belongs to the genre of RomComs which has a long history in Hollywood. I think every film buff knows American screwball comedies which usually contain two interrelated topics, namely the taming of a recalcitrant or frivolous woman through an attractive and humorous man but also the reverse situation. The man, too fixed on job and career falls in love with an 'easier', fun-loving woman who helps him break out of his shell and enjoy life. Katherine Hepburn comes to mind with various attractive partners. But I must admit that on the humour scale Pretty Woman is not top notch, script writer J.F. Lawton doesn't have witty one-liners flying to and fro all the time. An occasional smile is all I can work up.
A reason may be that Vivian is no real partner for Edward, neither socially nor intellectually. It's easy to understand why feminists have been against the core message of the film. Vivian in herself is nothing, she only becomes a partner for Edward through his doings. Like Pygmalion he molds the object of his desires after his wishes and only when she's passed the exam so-to-speak, something serious can develop. He does this with the help of his credit card which some critics see as a phallic symbol (a bit far-fetched in my opinion). But he's got the money = power, there's no denying that by accepting both, Vivian becomes his dependant servant. Even if she goes back to college and works on her education as she plans to do in the future, she'll never be on a par with the man. Having licked blood (i.e., tasted the good life) she can't go back to her own people, either. This means she'll be an outsider for the rest of her life. "Happily ever after"? I'm not so sure. Just try to imagine a sequel and you'll realise that something is rotten here.
Edward is only interested in enhancing Vivian's outward appearance, unlike Higgins in Shaw's Pygmalion he isn't interested in educating her or too insensitive to see that she wants help. She decides herself that she needs a guiding hand in order not to put her foot in too much and turns to Barney (Héctor Elizondo), the hotel manager. He's the first man who takes her seriously and doesn't patronise her. Elizondo plays the character convincingly. We can assume that Barney hasn't only worked in posh establishments as a hotel manager and thus has accumulated a profound knowledge of humankind.
With this he stands in stark contrast to Edward who doesn't know the people whose lives he destroys and doesn't care. If the kill is quick and rewarding, he's happy. Richard Gere is good in this rôle, I even find him a bit too good as the cold fish. I remember an Italian student who visited us once and when a film with this actor was on TV, sat glued to the box. I mocked her and said, "Gere obviously has the certain something". She turned to me with glowing cheeks and said, "He's got the certain everything." I used to think that he was quite Ok but was never a fan of his. Maybe because I've watched the film more critically now I think that his acting ability in Pretty Woman leaves a lot to be desired. Although he develops feelings for Vivian, discovers that he's got a human heart after all and can even feel sympathy for a business partner, he acts and looks more or less the same all the time. It's clear that Mr Morse (Ralph Bellamy) whose firm he wants to buy, dissemble and sell is an ersatz father for him. Some kind of emotion would be adequate when he finally realises this, but we don't get any from Richard Gere.
We get more from Julia Roberts. The way the hooker is sashaying up and down the sidewalk on her long legs is unforgettable. She looks like a giraffe gliding through the savannah. Her long legs (3.60 ft each) are later put to therapeutic use in a famous bath tub scene which is one of the funny moments of the film. Of course, dressed up in the most expensive clothes and jewellery, Julia Roberts is also impressive. But it's not only the outfit that changes, Vivian changes as well. Not without problems thanks to Edward's insensitivity. We can understand that watching the actress, her body language (no more long, giraffe-like steps, more short, lady-like ones) and her facial expressions which is the way it should be. In my opinion she far outshines Richard Gere. I can imagine several other actors in the rôle of Edward Lewis but no other actress fitting the shoes of this Cindarella as well as Julia Roberts does.
The topic of prostitution must be mentioned as well. The title of the film could also have been Happy Hooker. If it weren't for Vivian's flatmate (Kit de Luca) who offers a glimpse into a life with pimps and drugs, we might think that being a hooker isn't so bad after all. As if finding a fairy tale prince were a realistic option for a 'pretty woman walking down the street'!
All things considered I'm of the opinion that in this film a well made, shiny surface covers a disturbing message. If it weren't for Julia Roberts, the song Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison and Gerry Marshall's jaunty directing, three stars would be enough. If you think I'm making too much of a harmless, little film, let me tell you that subtle messages can have as much impact as ones transmitted with a sledgehammer.
Film only review.
Vivienne is well and truly fed up. As she is going out one evening she spies her landloard downstairs and heads back into the flat to dodge him. She goes to the bathroom and lifts up the cistern taking out a plastic tub. She pulls out $20, not what was in there last time she checked. She storms out to go and find her flatmate who had spent the money on drugs.
After a serious talking to, the pair head out to work, which happens to be walking the streets hoping a man will take an interest with them and pay for some of their services. A brand new lotus pulls up alongside Vivienne and she gets in...but what will happen?
I'm sure most people have heard of this film and because it is such a modern day classic I did have high expectations of it. I'm glad to say I was not disappointed. The film was such an enjoyable film to watch, the plot flowed really well and there was always plenty going on so I was not at all bored. I was surprised at how well the film held my attention because I often get bored during films but this was not the case with Pretty Woman.
I really liked both of the main characters, Vivienne was instantly loveable and over the film you get to see the true Vivienne and not the street walker. She is a lovely girl who is lots of fun and very down to earth. Ed is also a wonderful character and I had a lot of respect for him throughout the film, he was a successful business man and was very kind to Vivienne and a complete gentleman.
With two big names such as Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in this film I was expecting the acting to be of a top standard and I'm glad to say that it was. I did worry that I would liken Julia Roberts to her other characters in other films but I didnt - I saw her only as Vivienne.
I think that this film definitely does deserve its modern day classic status and I would certainly watch it again, and if I ever have a few spare pounds I imagine I will buy the DVD as I think its one of those ones you would go back to time and time again.
The film was released way back in 1990.
It stars Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.
It runs for 119 minutes.
A really fun watch which I recommend.
After watching this again last night for the first time in about three years, I've decided that this is one of my all time favourite movies.
Edward, played by Richard Gere, is a ruthless billionaire who makes his money by buying companies and selling them off piece by piece. Travelling to Los Angeles in a flash car he borrowed from his co-worker, he comes across Vivian (Julia Roberts) a prosititute loitering on the side of the road.
He pays her $20 to let her direct him to his swanky hotel, and is caught offguard by her intriguing and endearing character. Once at the hotel, he asks her to stay the night.
The next morning, he asks her to stay with him for the week to accompany him to business events for a price of $3000.
She says yes, and so begins their romance. Vivian is harshly judged by all of Edward's acquaintances to begin with due to her wacky character and revealing clothes, but after Edward takes her to Rodeo Drive to buy some new, more demure outfits, she begins to be accepted by everyone. During her stay, she learns to fit in with everybody in Edwards world, and it leads to a surprising twist between the two; love.
This is an endearing love story like no other. Its a truly unforgettable movie full of great acting and fantastic overall mise-en-scene. A must see movie for all die hard chick flick fans!
I am yet to meet someone who claims not to like Pretty Woman. I definitely can watch this film over and over again because I think that it captures the real essence of a modern Cinderella story. The sizzling chemistry between Julia Roberts and Richard Gere has certainly seemed to have made history. I have watched both of them again in The Runaway Bride, but they did not share an ounce of the electric chemistry that they do in Pretty Woman.
Vivian is a prostitute. Along with her best friend, and mentor, Kit, she spends the night walking across Hollywood Boulevard in search of clients. Edward is a rich businessman who leaves a perfectly pampered, and sheltered life- to such an extent that he has no idea how to drive a shift-geared car, having rode in limos all his life. One day, Edward, driving his friend's manual car, stops by Hollywood Boulevard and asks Vivian for directions. The latter jumps in the car and offers to drive him to his hotel if he's willing to pay her which he does. Once at the hotel, Edward asks Vivian to spend the night with him...and then asks her if she's willing to spend an entire week with him...
The plot is quite limited and simple, and definitely predictable. There are some places, especially near the ending, where I was a little unsure of what would happen, but it was an overall predictable story, especially since it didn't even try to mask the fact that it is a classic rags to riches film. However, like I mentioned before, the real special element was mainly in the way that Julia Roberts and Richard Gere related to each other in the film. I have watched my share of romantic movies, but I have rarely seen such powerful chemistry between actors before. Their body languages and general gestures were definitely synchronized to each other.
The theme of prostitution could be said to add a more serious dimension to the film, but personally, I found that this rather faded in the background as the budding relationship between Vivian and Edwards blooms in front of our eyes. The musical scores are extremely touching, and in perfect pace to the happenings in the film. Of course, the iconic shopping scene served to add some fun to the film as a whole!
Richard Gere as Edward Lewis
Julia Roberts as Vivian
Ralph Bellamy as James Morse
Jason Alexander as Philip Stuckey
Jon David Carson as Mark Roth
Laura San Giacomo as Kit
Alex Hyde White as David Morse
Amy Yasbeck as Elizabeth Stuckey
Hector Elizondo as Bernard
This is a highly recommended films for those who love romantic comedy. If you ask me, you can't get more romantic than Pretty Woman!
I only got the chance to see the Pretty woman last year and it is now one of my favorite films of all time! Amazing performances from Richard Gere and Julia Roberts! (Julia Roberts won an Oscar nomination for her performance!) Amazing soundtrack and another good story line! A huge must see
Edward Lewis is a wealthy business man who decides to take a road trip in Los Angeles, until he reaches the place of the Hollywood walk of fame and sees a line of prostitutes, this is when he meets Vivian Ward, an attractive, but unlikely girl who believes that Edward is the man of her dreams so Edward then offers Vivian money to stay with him off the week (he offers her three thousand dollars!) - she happily excepts! Edward then gives Vivian every thing she wanted : a new home, new clothes, take her out to posh restrurants and all the polo and horse riding games she wanted! Vivian was living the dream until a slight downfall happens when Edward meets James Morse, then Edward decides he rather be working than making money. Has Vivian loss her prince Charming? Will she get her happily ever after? Find out in this romantic comedy with performances that will make you laugh and cry!
Edward Lewis : Richard Gere
Vivian Ward : Julia Roberts
Ralph Bellamy : James Morse
Philip Stuckey : Jason Alexander
Kit de Luca : Laura San Giacomo
David Morse : Alex Hyde White
Elizabeth Stuckey : Amy Yasbeck
certificate : 15
director : Gary Marshall
run time : 119 minutes
Overall, I just love this film it is one of the best films of the 90s and all girls should love this and if any girl hasn't seen this - what planet have you lived on cause you need to see this before you die every girl has too! five out of five stars!
Pretty women is the 1990 American comedy starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. The film was written by J F Lawton and directed by Garry Marshall. Pretty women was on of the highest grossing films in the 1990's and has gone onto become the most financially successful romantic comedy of all time.
Edward (Richard Gere) is a ruthless wealthy business man who takes over companies for a living. Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) is a prostitute working on Hollywood Boulevard. The two most unlikely people meet when on a Los Angelas business trip Edward decides to hire a prostitute and picks up Vivian. They spend the night together and Edward soon realises that there is more to Vivian and he is pleasantly surprised and finds himself wanted to spend more time with her. Could this be Vivians night in shinning armour?
This is one of my most favourite romantic comedies of all time and always leaves me with a big smile on my face. It's a cross between a modern day Cinderella and My Fair Lady. It's a modern day fairy tale but the maiden in distress in a prostitute and the the prince charming is a ruthless business man.
Julia Roberts was not the first choice for this movie and a lot of the other actresses that were offered this role were reluctant to take it because of the prostitution content. I'm so glad Julia Roberts was brave enough to take a chance with this role because I just couldn't see anyone else playing Vivian. I think she more than earned her success in this role because it could have easily harmed her career. You just can't help but fall in love with her character and you just want her to get her man. There is very natural screen chemistry between Julia Roberts and Richard Gere and the film would not have worked as well otherwise. This is one of those ageless movies that will be around for a long time.
Pretty woman had its 20th anniversary yesterday, on Valentines Day. My local cineworld cinema was showing this iconic film on the big screen to commemorate the anniversary and I of course had to go along.
As it was released in 1990 I was only 5 at the time and so didn't get to see it at the cinema. I absolutely couldn't wait to watch it as it is one of my favourite movies of all time!!
Richard Gere plays Edward Lewis, a successful business man who is driving down Hollywood boulevard looking for directions. He stops and asks Vivienne Ward, a prostitute and she eagerly offers to help him in return for some money.
When they get to his hotel, he decides to ask her to stay the night with him and he will pay her.
It becomes clear though that Edward isn't Vivienne's usual kind of client when he wants to just talk to her to start with. Vivienne, played by Julia Roberts, is pretty, fiery and soon Edward is asking her to stay for the whole week.
Edward takes Vivienne to business dinners and other events and soon starts to fall for her. He gives her money for clothes and when the sales woman are horrible to her he makes sure he goes back and gets her the treatment she deserves. When Edward tells his lawyer Philip that Vivienne is a prostitute he then has to come to her rescue when sleazy Philip tries to take advantage of her.
This is the ultimate love story. Vivienne is smart and stuck in a job far beneath her. Edward realizes this and gives her a sense of worth she had lost somewhere. Edward meanwhile can never hold down a long term girlfriend as he can't open up or commit but Vivienne manages to break through his defences.
I have this on dvd and it is one of my favourites that I watch regularly. I think this film appeals to both men and women and in fact was recently voted the most romantic film of all time!
Pretty Woman was released back in 1990 and it's hard to believe it was nearly 20 years ago now. I watched the movie again recently on DVD and still found it very enjoyable. It is a romantic comedy starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. This succeeded at the time in making this type of film genre popular again.
Richard Gere plays Edward Lewis who is suave and sophisticated businessman on a trip to L.A. He ends up getting lost near Hollywood Boulevard and asks a hooker for directions back to his Beverley Hills hotel. That hooker is Vivian played by Julia Roberts. She decides that she will offer to take him wherever he needs to go. Her personality soon rubs off on him and they hit it off. So much so that Edward is so taken by her charm that he hires her for the whole week to do anything he needs doing. So she is sort of like an escort for him for the entire stay in L.A. In return for her time and effort she gets unlimited use of his credit card to buy clothes and is taught by him how to eat at a fancy restaurant.
For Edward he enjoys her company and this works both ways as he gets someone who can do his chores and accompany him to dinner and meetings with clients and for her she gets much needed money out of it and some new clothes to boot.
And of course the inevitable happens and she starts to fall for her rich benefactor. And so their relationship blossoms into something more despite the warnings of Edward's friends and colleagues, but this is a man who thinks he knows what he wants and can get anything he wants almost with money. That is not always the case though!
I guess when I was looking at it the story is fairly unlikely that this scenario would happen and Vivian is extremely well groomed and nice for a streetwalker. However, I found the whole movie entertaining and both Richard Gere and Julia Roberts are very funny. The script itself is witty and the whole thing is very easy to watch. It is almost like a modern day cinderalla and there are many ups and downs as you might expect before we find out if they do actually get together. If you've never seen it then I'm surprised but would recommend it as it's one of the classic films of the last couple of decades
It's the modern day fairytale that I'm sure secretly we all wish for and one where Julia Roberts manages to make prostitution look glamourous. Yes, we've all seen it, Pretty Women, probably on of the best loved chick flicks of our generation.
Pretty Women is now nearly 20 years old but still of one my favourite films, it has some classic lines and a really heartwarming story. It was released in 1990 and according to an article I read, the film was a critical success and became one of 1990's highest grossing films, and today is one of the most financially successful entries in the romantic comedy genre, with an estimated gross of $464 million USD.
What I didn't know initially is that it was intended to be more of a hard hitting drama about prostitution in New York but then turned into a romantic comedy. I'm not sure it would have worked as well or been continually successful if it had of stayed as a drama but who knows.
I think the reason why this film works is that deep down, every woman if pressed would admit that they would love to be whisked away from their life by a millionaire who buys them clothes and treats them well but in the end realises that they love them for who they are and not what they are or what they do.
Julia Roberts who won a Golden Globe ward for this film plays Vivian, a hooker who has a chance meeting with Edward, the millionaire in Beverly Hills. He needs someone to attend functions with him whilst he is in town with no strings attached and agrees to pay Vivian for her time. Of course, it helps that Vivian is drop dead gorgeous, with legs that seem to go on for miles and a killer body. Would the same thing of happened if Vivian was ugly and a bit skanky, no but then this is Hollywood!
Edward is not the kind of man to pick up hookers, he is just a no nonsense business man who wants things done now and cannot be bothered with attachments of the female kind. However, he soon becomes enamoured with Vivian. I think the reason why he falls for her is that she is the first woman he has met that does not seem in awe of him or his job and will tell him exactly what she thinks. Edward as we know is played by Richard Gere, he has that suave, sophisticated look about him in this movie and although he is not my type he still looks quite cute and you could imagine yourself falling for him.
The film is mostly set in Beverly Hills and so we see the nice side of LA and Hollywood, not the seedy side that Viv is used to working in. Some of my favourite scenes are the ones where Edward gives her money to go and buy fancy clothes. Cue the Pretty Woman song by Roy Orbison and you have part of the main soundtrack. It must be so fun to be able to dress up like that and have all the shop staff wait on you hand and foot and she does come away with some wonderful outfits, even if they are a bit 90's!! The shopping doesn't go smoothly in the beginning though and one of my favourite lines includes the part where she goes back to the snooty lady in one of the boutiques, this time all dressed up and asks her if she remembers her from yesterday and then tells her she's made a "big mistake, big, huge!"
It ends well and in my opinion is a classic that continues to entertain to this day.
Pretty Woman was one of those films that everyone but me seemed to have seen, my mum always went on about how it was one of the best films ever and such a great chick flick. As I'm a really big chick flick fan I decided it was about time to watch it the other night when it was showing on ITV2 and I didn't regret it!
Its not the most usual theme for a comedy as it centres around prostitution in amongst the life of the rich and famous in Hollywood. Julia Roberts plays Vivian Ward, a prostituted working the streets of Hollywood. Its just an average night when Edward Lewis (played by Richard Gere) is looking for his hotel in a borrowed car, while driving down Hollywood Boulevard he stops to ask Vivian for directions, and ends up taking her back to his hotel. Needing an escort to his works functions over the week, he offers her $3,000 to stay with him for a week and she accepts. The rest of the film shows their relationship and how they change each other. Will they ever be more than business partners?
originally it was intended to be a dark drama, with a totally different ending and I'm really glad that they changed this!
It was the two leads Julia Roberts and Richard Gere that really made this film in my opinion, the chemistry between them was so genuine and apparently there was quite a few improvised scenes. Indeed people thought Julia Roberts' performance was so good that she gained an Oscar for it. There was many people considered for both roles before Gere and Roberts were finally chosen but I really cant see anyone else in those roles.
With it being a chick flick type film it could fit into many different categories, there are some funny moments and good quotes but as well there is the more drama side with serious things happening and some touching moments.
Its one of the most successful films, certainly one of the most successful chick flicks, of all time. It was Pretty Woman that really catapulted Julia Roberts to fame, and she later went onto make another film with Richard Gere as the chemistry had been so good. It made over $450 million on a budget of $13 million, and got mostly good reviews from critics and audiences, going down as what some would call a cult film. Its been so popular for ten years now, and I imagine it will be just as popular in another ten years!
Edward Lewis: So what happens after he climbs up and rescues her?
Vivian: She rescues him right back.
Basically, if you haven't seen it yet, then you should!
Just to note that this is a review of the film not the DVD. Thanks.
The film begins with Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) working as a prostitute on Hollywood Boulevard, Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) is escaping a party. As he can't reach his car with it being blocked in, he decides to take his lawyer's Lotus instead. He soon gets lost and having difficulty with the car stops on Hollywood Boulevard to try and figure out how to drive it. This attracts the attention of Vivian and her friend Kit, Vivian walks over and offers to give directions, for a fee. She ends up getting in the car and Edward lets her drive it to his hotel as he can't drive it properly.
Once they arrive at the hotel he pays her for the directions, Edward sees her waiting at the bus stop and walks over to her. He ends up asking her to come back to the hotel with him for the night.
The next morning Edward is on the telephone with his lawyer Philip Stuckey, they are completing a takeover of a failing business. Stuckey suggests to Edward that he takes a date to the meeting that is arranged for that night. Edward whilst looking at Vivian says he has someone in mind. Edward then offers Vivian $3000 to spend the week with him. She readily agrees although bartering a bit before finally accepting.
Edward informs Vivian she will need an evening dress for the meeting that they will be attending that night, so he gives her some cash. There is the famous scene where she is turned away from a shop on Rodeo Drive as she is wearing unsuitable clothing.
As the week progresses Vivian and Edward grow closer learning more and more about each other along the way, this helps them in turn to become better people. The question is will they end up together in the end despite their very different backgrounds. I am sure you can guess what happens.
Pretty Woman is a romantic comedy which has the feel of a fairy tale to it with the character of Vivian escaping her current life. I do have to say the ending is quite predictable but not in a bad way, like most romantic films you can see the ending coming a mile away. This film however flows really well and with the two leads working so good together it's the story along the way that counts.
The film has some funny moments especially with a store manager desperately trying to suck up to the two leads to make them spend more money in his store. It is fairly lighthearted despite what Vivian does for a living.
It was released in 1990 so is actually quite an old film now but it will continue to be a movie that I could watch over and over again. The ending without a doubt always leaves me with a warm and fuzzy feeling. The soundtrack to Pretty Woman is also great and adds perfectly to the movie, I especially like "It Must Have Been Love" by Roxette. Along with the song by Roy Orbison which inspired the title of the film.
All in all a great feel good movie that doesn't disappoint, if you haven't seen it, where have you been?
Like a pumpkin that transforms into a carriage, some very shrewd casting (and the charisma of Julia Roberts, in particular) morphed this story of a Hollywood whore into a Disneyfied Cinderella story--and a mainstream megahit. This is the movie that made Roberts a star, her charms helping tremendously to carry viewers over the rough spots in the script (which was originally to be a cynical tale about prostitution called 3000--after the amount of money Richard Gere's character pays the prostitute to stay with him for the week). Gere is the silver-haired Wall Street knight who sweeps streetwalker Roberts into a fantasy world of room service at the Regent Beverly Wiltshire Hotel and fashion boutique shopping on Rodeo Drive. The supporting cast is also appealing, including Laura San Giacomo as Roberts's hooker pal, Hector Elizondo as the hotel manager, Jason Alexander, Ralph Bellamy and Hank Azaria. --Jim Emerson, Amazon.com On the DVD: With a beautiful bubble effect offering a touch of fantasy to the special features menu, the viewer might expect a disc packed with lavish offerings. Unfortunately the extras are a little more spartan than the menu would have us believe, consisting of a theatrical trailer and a cringe-worthy pop video of "Wild Women Do", complete with a bouncing camera and "arty" black-and-white shots. The worst of these features comes in the form of the "production trailer", a useless addition which attempts to briefly summarise the film's underlying themes with inter-cut comments from the actors and directors on the original trailer (already featured in its pure form on the disc) and which offers little additional information of any merit. The disc does, however, come into its own when Gary Marshall takes the helm for the director's commentary: he has an entertaining and amusing narrative style, which is upbeat and direct like his film, and his comments really bring to life the fairy-tale narrative. Add to this a widescreen 1.85:1 presentation, which will make you feel as if Richard Gere has just swept you off your feet. --Nikki Disney