Saturday, March 03, 2012

Pretty Woman (1990)

This is a solid movie. Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) is a wealthy businessman who picks up a hooker named Vivian (Julia Roberts) so she can show him where his hotel is located. He likes her companionship enough that he offers to pay her $3,000 to be an escort for the whole week. At a polo match, Edward’s lawyer sees Vivian talking with the grandson of another businessman and he worries that she is trying to gain critical information. Vivian becomes upset at Edward after he admits to his lawyer that she is just a prostitute. Vivian decides that she cannot maintain a longtime relationship, but Edward takes a detour on his way to the airport and confesses his feelings to her, allowing her fairy tale dream to come true.

This is the most successful romantic comedy based on estimated tickets sold, and slightly ahead of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. The 1999 film Runaway Bride re-united Gere and Roberts under the direction of Garry Marshall. The restaurant called "The Voltaire" was shot at the "Rex" restaurant, now called the "Cicada" restaurant. The filming of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel lobby was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. The film features the song "Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison, which inspired the movie's title. The opera featured in the movie is La Traviata, which served as inspiration for the plot.

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