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With: Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Ralph Bellamy, Jason Alexander, Laura San Giacomo, Hector Elizondo
Written by: J.F. Lawton
Directed by: Garry Marshall
MPAA Rating: R for sexuality and some language
Running Time: 125
Date: 03/23/1990

Pretty Woman (1990)

3 Stars (out of 4)

His Call Girl Friday

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

I saw this romantic comedy in the theater in 1990 and found it pleasant,though it falls apart rather quickly under scrutiny, especially giventhe report that the original screenplay was an unrelentingly hardcorelook at prostitution. Julia Roberts became an enduring star with herperformance as Vivian Ward, a Hollywood hooker who innocently meets abusinessman (Richard Gere) when he asks for directions. He hires herservices as an escort for a week and the two fall in love with noillicit sex ever being involved. Director Garry Marshall somehow luckedinto a hit despite his oppressive 125-minute running time and excessiveschmaltz. The odd thing about Pretty Woman 15 years later is howill-fitting this role really is for Roberts, who now seems too dignifiedand sophisticated for an unrefined, streetwise girl. The wonderful LauraSan Giacomo plays the uninspired role of Roberts's best friend justafter her startling turn in sex, lies & videotape.

DVD Details: Touchstone has released a 15th anniversary edition DVD of Pretty Woman, complete with bloopers, a new commentary track, the vintage production featurette, and footage from the wrap party(!).

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