We are back for our first ‘Friday Night Movies‘ pick for 2024 and tonight, we’re taking a stroll down Hollywood’s memory lane with a true gem – ‘Pretty Woman.
This timeless romantic comedy, directed by Garry Marshall and released in 1990, is the perfect addition to our Friday night lineup. But what makes ‘Pretty Woman’ an absolute must-watch? Let’s dive in without giving away all the secrets.
In the heart of Hollywood, ‘Pretty Woman’ introduces us to Vivian Ward, brought to life by the magnetic Julia Roberts. She’s a spirited young woman navigating life on the vibrant, bustling streets of Los Angeles. But what truly sets her story in motion is her chance encounter with Edward Lewis, portrayed by Richard Gere. Edward is a wealthy businessman who finds himself in need of some ‘unconventional’ companionship.
As for the plot, we won’t spill all the details, but picture this: a chance meeting that leads to something more. ‘Pretty Woman’ is a modern-day fairy tale where love and transformation dance hand in hand, reminding us that sometimes, love can take us by surprise in the most unexpected places.
Julia Roberts as Vivian and Richard Gere as Edward is the heart and soul of this slightly different Cinderella story. Julia’s portrayal of Vivian is magnetic, injecting her character with a blend of wit and charm that’s impossible to resist. Richard Gere brings his trademark charisma to Edward, creating a chemistry that has made Pretty Woman one of the greatest romantic comedies of all time.
Of course, as always don’t just take our word for it — ‘Pretty Woman’ has captured hearts with a Tomatometer score of 62%, and an audience score of 68% on Rotten Tomatoes. While over at IMDb the film boasts a solid 7.0/10 rating over 350,000 reviews.
The iconic scene where Julia Roberts’ character Vivian laughs at Richard Gere’s snapping jewellery box wasn’t scripted. Julia’s laugh was so genuine that they decided to keep it in the final cut, making that moment even more special.
How to watch Pretty Woman
In the words of Vivian Ward, “I want the fairy tale.” ‘Pretty Woman’ delivers just that. Whether you’re revisiting this classic or experiencing it for the first time, ‘Pretty Woman’ promises a night of romance and a reminder that love conquers all.