Monday, July 19, 2010

Movie Monday-Pretty Woman

This weeks Richard Gere Movie Monday Review is of "Pretty Woman!" I know this is probably his famous and most popular movie, but I'm still going to review it. It's not my favorite movie, but it is in my top 5!

Thinking about the movie as I review it, makes me realize how great this movie really is! It's hard to pick a favorite scene, or a favorite quote. So I'll talk about a few!

This movie is about a wealthy businessman named Edward (Richard Gere). On a whim Edward picks up a prostitute on Hollywood Boulevard named Vivian (Julia Roberts).

Edward takes Vivian back to his upscale hotel where he plans on keeping her overnight. The next day he decides that he wants her for the week because he has many business events to attend. She agrees, and has to quickly learn how to fit in with the wealthy society!

There are many funny scenes in the movie. Julia Roberts character is really rough around the edges and not very proper like Richard Gere's character. I loved during the breakfast scene where Edward is sitting there all properly eating his breakfast and Vivian just sits on the table stuffing her mouth and talking with her mouth full. I just love the reaction on Edward's face!

Their characters are so completely opposite, which I thinks makes the movie work that much more!

Edward gives Vivian money for a shopping spree, on Rodeo Drive, which at first she is thrown out of the store because they clearly see that she is a prostitute. After she returns shopping she is transformed into an elegant beautiful woman! Over the week Vivian starts falling for Edward, but for Edward their relationship is just business!

Edward is a tough businessman who leaves relationships out of the equation, just to make money. Vivian eventually makes him realize that their is more to life than just business. And eventually they fall in love!

I love this scene in the movie where he presents her with a necklace to wear to the opera! This movie is the movie that really made a career for Julia Roberts. She was great in this movie!
There are soo many additional scenes in this movie that are great. I love the scene where Edward takes her on a shopping spree. My two weaknesses in life is shopping and Richard Gere! So that would be my ultimate experience! lol

I've included another one of my favorite scenes in the following video. After Vivian was thrown out of one store, Edward takes her to Rodeo Drive for a shopping spree. As they are walking he tells her to spit out her gum. And she does...and not very lady like! lol I am known to spit my gum out this way, I always have since before I even knew about this movie, and my husband responds the same way that Edward does by saying "I don't believe you did that!" lol

My husband and I are complete opposites the way Edward and Vivian are in the movie. He is very similar to Edward because he is very reserved and proper. I'm at times rough around the edges like a truck driver! lol Oh, and make sure you turn off my music player on the side so you can hear the clip!

Another all-time favorite scene is the bathtub scene! Vivian is in the bathtub with her legs wrapped around Edward while they have a serious discussion about his father! How come I couldn't have been a stand-in for this movie? Despite the fact that I was only 12-years-old when this movie came out! lol If they ever remake this movie...I have to play Vivian and RG has to play himself! lol ;)

I give this movie a Richard Gere hotness scale of a 9! He was extremely hot in this movie! Loved the hair, and loved how he looked in suits!

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

Edward: "You're on my fax."
Vivian: "Well that's one I haven't been on before!"

Vivian: "You're late."
Edward: "You're stunning."
Vivian: [grinning] "You're forgiven."

Vivian: "What else? You going to leave some money by the bed when you pass through town?"
Edward: "Vivian, it really wouldn't be like that."
Vivian: "How would it be?"
Edward: "Well, for one thing, it would get you off the streets."
Vivian: "That's just geography."
Edward: "Vivian, what is it you want? What do you see happening between us?"
Vivian: "I don't know. When I was a little girl, my mama used to lock me in the attic when I was bad, which was pretty often. And I would… I would pretend I was a princess, trapped in the tower by a wicked queen. And then suddenly, this knight, on a white horse, with these colors flying, would come charging up and draw his sword… and I would wave, and he would climb up the tower, and rescue me. But never in all the time… that I had this dream… did the knight say to me, "Come on, baby, I'll put you up in a great condo."

Vivian: "In case I forget to tell you later, I had a really good time tonight."

Vivian: "I would have stayed for two thousand."
Edward: "I would have paid four. I'll see ya tonight."
Vivian: "Baby, I'm gonna treat you so nice, you're never gonna wanna let me go."
Edward: "Three thousand, for six days, and Vivian, I will let you go."


The movie ends so happily and magically. Vivian decides to quit being a prostitute and go back to finish high school. Here's a clip of the ending! This is probably my most favorite ending to any of Richard Gere's movies! And it always makes me cry!

This was the first Richard Gere movie that I ever watched. I watched it when I was 12 or 13-years-old. I don't remember ever being attracted to him back then. That's just a recent thing! lol But after reviewing this movie, I have placed it in my top 3 favorite Richard Gere movies of all-time! But remember, there are several movies that he has made that I haven't watched yet!

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1 comment:

Kirby3131 said...

One of my favorite lines in the movie is said by Kit De Luca near the end when Viv gives her some of the Richard Lewis Scholarship fund. Kit says "You think I've got potential?" It's the accent and the tip of her head. It's great.

Good movie review!

Kristin - The Goat