When the movie ‘Pretty Woman’ first premiered in 1990, no one knew the impact it would have on modern cinema. Now, 30 years later, we look back at one of the most iconic romantic comedies of all time.
I’ll be up front about it – I love this movie. I have a special connection with it because it’s a movie my mom and I watched together one afternoon. It’s got sentimental value to me and still stands out as one of my all-time favorite movies.
Pretty Woman is a modern take on Cinderella but much less family friendly. The movie starts with Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts), a prostitute, getting picked up by Edward Lewis (Richard Gere), a powerful and wealthy businessman. Edward promises Vivian $3000 to stay with him for six days. She just has to pretend to be his girlfriend. The rest of the movie shows how their relationship grows during their time together.
Vivian needs to be a presentable girlfriend for Edward so she must revamp her wardrobe. Her first attempt at finding clothes ends in Vivian feeling dejected when mocked by ladies in the boutique. This leads to a wonderful makeover montage and an iconic scene in Pretty Woman.
As handsome as Richard Gere is, the shining star of Pretty Woman is without a doubt Julia Roberts. She’s stunning in every single outfit and dazzles the audience with her smile throughout the movie. Vivian is charming and full of heart and Edward learns he needs that in his life.
For 30 years Pretty Woman has shown the thumbprint it has left on pop culture. This movie has references in shows like Broad City and Family Guy. Who can forget the time Toddlers & Tiaras made headlines for the three-year-old donning Vivian’s iconic streetwalker outfit? Plus, Pretty Woman: The Musical opened on Broadway in 2018 and introduced another audience to this memorable story.
Pretty Woman holds a special place in my and many others’ hearts. A movie 3 decades old must be classic for it to continue to influence pop culture as much as Pretty Woman does. I highly recommend this movie if you haven’t seen it. And if you have, give it another watch! The soundtrack and on-screen chemistry between Edward and Vivian will leave you singing “Oh, Pretty Woman” with a smile on your face.