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Pretty Woman (DVD)
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Pretty Woman (DVD)
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!
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