Pretty Woman

Film, Comedy
4 out of 5 stars
Pretty Woman
Photograph: Touchstone Pictures/Buena Vista Pictures

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars
‘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.

By: Anna Smith



Release details

Release date:
Sunday February 14 2010
119 mins

Cast and crew

Garry Marshall
JF Lawton
Richard Gere
Julia Roberts
Ralph Bellamy
Jason Alexander
Laura San Giacomo
Alex Hyde-White
Hector Elizondo
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