Pretty Woman

"Excellent"

Pretty Woman Review


Every cliché has at least one perfect example: An "Exhibit A" that makes the hidden good side of the cliché come to light and makes the jaded tired old story new again. For the tale of the hooker with the heart of gold, the perfect example is Petty Woman.

You have a dapper, somewhat older wealthy man (Richard Gere), a surprisingly attractive prostitute (Julia Roberts), a toadie type (Jason Alexander) bent on breaking up the high roller and the ho, and the kindly gent (Hector Elizondo) who teaches the trailer trash how to hang with the upper crust.

Pretty Woman is just as much a fairy tell as ever... executed just perfectly enough to make your mouth water. It's candy for your brain.

Despite being pure saccharine, Pretty Woman does it with such style and grace you hardly notice how stupidly it all fits together. Gere and Roberts drip a dapper chemistry, Roberts oozes a saucy spunk, and Gere actually pulls off being both an effective lovesick pretty boy and a cutthroat quick-buck businessman who learns the value of the long-term investment. Elizondo plays the My Fair Lady game as solid as I've ever seen, and Alexander plays the soulless short asshole as only he can.

Pretty Woman is the perfect version of a really bad story, but it's pulled off with a great cast and a solid screenplay. It's held the test of time and has finally become what all the lovesick teens said it was all along: a classic.

The 15th Anniversary DVD a commentary track, deleted scenes, and a handful of archival featurettes.



Pretty Woman

Facts and Figures

Run time: 119 mins

In Theaters: Friday 23rd March 1990

Box Office Worldwide: $463M

Budget: $14M

Distributed by: Buena Vista

Production compaines: Touchstone Pictures, Silver Screen Partners IV

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 62%
Fresh: 34 Rotten: 21

IMDB: 6.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Gary W. Goldstein,

Starring: as Vivian Ward, as Edward Lewis, as James Morse, as Philip Stuckey, as Barney Thompson, as Mr. Hollister, as Kit De Luca, as David Morse, as Bridget, as Elizabeth Stuckey, Judith Baldwin as Susan, as Detective, as Mark

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