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Pretty Woman

The movie is about the unlikely romance between a Hollywood prostitute and a wealthy businessman. It opens with Edward Lewis, a successful businessman and corporate raider, taking a detour on Hollywood Boulevard to ask for directions.
Incidentally, he meets Vivian, a beautiful prostitute, who is willing to assist him in getting his destination. Impressed with her, Edward hires Vivian to stay with him for a week as an escort for social events and agrees to pay her $3,000 and give her access to his credit cards. The week transforms Vivian from a whore to Hollywood socialite, and Edward from a ruthless businessman to a compassionate partner. But it is not only about amazing transformations, for later, the two fell into a strong sweet emotion that shall hurt them both. Vivian longs for a “fairy tale” that Edward hesitates to give. How much can each give up? Is everything worth giving up? And will the “fairy tale” have a happy ending?

Though the movie centers about love, it tackles a very sensitive social issue, prostitution, which it expresses in a light, comic, and likeable manner. It was originally conceived to be a dark drama about the subject. Well, the change proved to be effective as the movie was successfully accepted by the audience. Scenes after scenes are really engaging and exciting, filled with hilarious or romantic lines. I particularly love the bath tub scene where Vivian sings “Kiss” while teasing Edward. The movie is really a fairy tale, but a fairy tale that is possible in the real world. More than love, the movie touches the human nature of compassion, change, and redemption.

The actors are brilliant as well, particularly Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. The couple is very charismatic, natural, and appealing. They were not really the first choice for the film, especially Roberts who was not popular that time. Christopher Reeve, Al Pacino, Winona Ryder, Molly Ringwald, Meg Ryan, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daryl Hannah were some of the few who were offered the title roles. After the movie’s success, many stars expressed regret for turning down the role. Both Gere and Roberts were nominated as best actor and best actress for the Golden Globe Awards, and Julia herself finally won the title in the 63rd Academy (Oscar) Awards.

The movie ranked #1 on its opening week, and held the spot for four non-consecutive weeks. It became the fourth highest-grossing film of the year in the United States and the third highest-grossing worldwide. The film’s soundtracks also did well. It featured the songs “Oh, Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison which inspired the movies’ title, and Roxette’s “It Must Have Been Love” which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June 1990.

The movie received mixed reviews from critics. It received an average score of 51 out of 100 on Metacritic. Despite some negative reviews, the movie remains to be one of the well-loved classics of all time.

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