[Flirty Friday] Pretty Woman

As I wasn’t very well last week and lacked the energy to do anything except sit on the sofa, this week’s edition of Flirty Friday is what I would have posted. Next week will be a double bill to catch up on my lost week.

Pretty Woman (1990)
Dir: Garry Marshall
Starring: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts

IMDb: “A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets… only to fall in love.”

The first Gere/Roberts offering – they would reunite nine years later for Runaway BridePretty Woman stars Richard Gere as Edward Lewis, a businessman who pays Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) to escort him to a number of social events.

The film was a box office success and, according to Box Office Mojo, has amassed a worldwide total lifetime gross of $463,406,268 (approx £294,207,522).

It also received many nominations, including a Best Actress in a Leading Role Oscar nomination for Roberts. Though she missed that, she did take did home the Best Actress award at the 48th Golden Globes.

Aside from Gere and Roberts’ chemistry, there is one other reason why I enjoy Pretty Woman so much: Hector Elizondo as the kindly hotel manager Barnard ‘Barney’ Thompson. At first Barney does not take to Vivian, knowing full well that she is a prostitute hired by one of the guests. However, he soon takes her under his wing and teaches her some valuable lessons on how to fit in with Edward’s world, including which cutlery to use and when.

Elizondo would reprise this kindly teacher role again in The Princess Diaries.

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3 thoughts on “[Flirty Friday] Pretty Woman”

  1. Haven’t seen this movie in ages. Obviously the movie that made Julia Roberts the queen of rom-coms for the next 15 years. That box office total is incredibly impressive, given that it was 1990 and heck, even today very few rom-com manage to come close to that kind of number.

  2. I’ll admit – I love this film! I’ve said how much I despise today’s rom-com’s but I think they give the genre a bad name. It isn’t a bad genre, it is just full of bad films and Pretty Woman is an example of the genre getting it right.

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