Pretty Woman (1990)

Pretty_Woman“I’m gonna treat you so nice, you’re never gonna let me go. ” – Vivian

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Theater in 1990, cable, video, DVD and 3 Jun 2015)

Brief Synopsis – A businessman in LA for the week decides to hire a call girl to spend time with him while he is there.

My Take on it – I recall seeing this movie in the theater when it came out and remember hearing how amazing a movie it was.

The truth is that time has downgraded and transformed this movie into ‘only’ a good and not great one.

As much as I liked it back then, it just really isn’t as good as it use to be.

I liked how the story is a modern day fairy tale where Cinderella is seeking Prince Charming and the way they are transformed into modern equivalents of their social statures from the story.

The plot is interesting and the dialogue works extremely well with characters from divergent worlds trying the learn the lingo and nuances of the other world.

The problem I have is with the mediocre chemistry between the two leads. They get by, but I can’t truly believe that their characters work well together.

The soundtrack is unbelievably catchy and I once again found myself singing along with Roxette, Roy Orbison, Go West and Peter Cetera even after so many years.

Bottom Line – Modern day Cinderella story that works in almost every way. Chemistry between Gere and Roberts is ok, but I can’t say its close to perfect. Amazing soundtrack that still resonates 25 years later. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The movie was initially intended to be a dark drama about prostitution in Los Angeles in the late 1980s/early 1990s. The relationship between Vivian and Edward also harbored controversial themes, including the concept of having Vivian addicted to cocaine; part of the deal was that she had to stay off it for a week. She needed the money to go to Disneyland. Edward eventually throws her out of his car and drives off. The movie was scripted to end with Vivian and her prostitute friend on the bus to Disneyland. These traits, considered by producer Laura Ziskin to be detrimental to the otherwise sympathetic portrayal of her, were removed or incorporated into the character of Vivian’s friend, Kit. These “cut scenes” have been found in public view, and some were included on the DVD released on the movie’s 15th anniversary. One such scene has Vivian offering Edward, “I could just pop ya good and be on my way”, indicating a lack of interest in “pillow talk”. In another, she is confronted by drug dealers outside of The Blue Banana, and rescued by Edward and Darryl. One example of a changed plotline was when Edward breaks into the bathroom to find Vivian flossing her teeth instead of doing drugs as he had feared. In the original script she was doing drugs. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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10 thoughts on “Pretty Woman (1990)

  1. WHOA you’ve seen this almost a dozen times, that’s like me w/ Not Another Happy Ending, ahah. I’ve only seen it a couple of times but yeah I really enjoyed it. The chemistry between Richard and Julia are palpable.


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