‘I don’t want any romantic hassles this week,’ says tycoon Edward (Richard Gere) as he waves his wad at hooker Vivian (Julia Roberts). Big mistake, as Vivian might say. Romance blossoms as the pair spend the week in LA; she shopping and warming the bed for him; he furrowing his brow over a deal. This re-release makes no bones about its old-school set-up, but this damsel in distress is a feisty entrepreneur ready to rescue her knight in shining armour right back. Sharp dialogue and great chemistry help make it a slick comedy that still stands up. Elements are dated: the soundtrack is full of karaoke classics and the wardrobe screams late ’80s. Greed is good, too: money solves most of Vivian’s problems and even the romantic conclusion is a result of business-like negotiation. But this is a thoroughly enjoyable, character-driven romance that puts most current-day chick flicks – including Garry Marshall’s ‘Valentine’s Day’ – to shame.
Sunday February 14 2010
Cast and crew
Richard Gere Julia Roberts Ralph Bellamy Jason Alexander Laura San Giacomo Alex Hyde-White Hector Elizondo
This film is THE chick flick film of all time. I adore it. The scene when she goes shopping, but no one will serve her because she's too rough, is just brilliant. Can't get enough of this film, and it comes with an unbeatable 80s soundtrack to boot.