Director: Garry Marshall
Cast: Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hector Elizondo, Jason Alexander
Best Actress - Julia Roberts (lost to Kathy Bates for Misery)
Before I begin my review, you have to watch this hilarious YouTube video from Vh1's I Love the '90s (1990 edition) where comedians and d-list stars reminisce about Pretty Woman. It's hilarious. My favorite bit was the one about hookers generally not having as many teeth as Julia Roberts. Also, if you haven't seen the movie, it gives away pretty much the entire movie, but I'm guessing most people have seen it. It's a '90s classic, after all!
The trailer for this movie makes it look like a slapstick comedy. She's a prostitute who doesn't know how to behave in social situations and must learn how to act like a lady! He's the billionaire who can't seem to find love and ends up falling for her! Hijinx ensue!
This film does paint street walkers in a somewhat glamorous light. Now I don't know any prostitutes in real life, but I'm guessing most, if any, don't look like Julia Roberts - because if you looked like Julia Roberts you wouldn't need to be one!
Pretty Woman is not realistic at all. I'm guessing that if a hooker (even if she did look like Julia Roberts) walked into a posh hotel in Beverly Hills like the one in the movie, she would be escorted out in seconds, even if she was with one of their best clients. Also, does the $3000 that Gere offers her to be his "employee" for the week seem a little cheap to anyone else? It doesn't even seem like that much twenty years ago.
I talk about one of the most well-known scenes in the movie: