Wednesday, January 29, 2014

01/29: Pretty Woman

One of the greatest and acclaimed romantic comedy/tales of the last 25 years still shines today. I'm not sure what it was, but a lot of people may believe it was the chemistry between Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. This, by the way, was known as Roberts' breakthrough movie that made her a household name (even though she was in 'Mystic Pizza' two years before). Or maybe it was the unlikely pairing that proves opposites do attract. After all, you had a very successful NY businessman with MONEY who is interested in a L.A. prostitute. Not enough said?

Most of us who have walked past prostitutes on the street who are sober they usually look down on them. Dressed cheap, and ready for, well, you-know-what. Of course, Edward Lewis (Gere) takes her out for the night and she ends up staying in his hotel room, where she seemingly feels like home. It's nothing like the trashy apartment her and her prostitute friend reside. I would imagine to Vivian (Roberts) this was a step up from her lifestyle.

But her clothes, oh those clothes! A lot of people will not forget that 'scene' where she goes to an upscale dressy shop and she comes in her 'street clothes', and probably knows what happens. They even show it at the beginning of 'Romy and Michele's HS Reunion'! They soon become attached to each other as she stays with him for the week, while they both try to hide Vivian's lifestyle.

Despite the somewhat-vulgar street scenes, this should be looked at as a cute love story with a happy ending. Who knows if anything like this happens in real life, but you never know.

My rating: 7 out of 10

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