Pretty Woman is an American romantic comedy motion picture that was one of the top films at the box office in 1990. The title character, a prostitute named Vivian Ward, was played by Julia Roberts, who received a Golden Globe award for her role. She was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. Screenwriter J. F. Lawton was nominated for a Writers Guild award and a British Academy award. In total Pretty Woman has grossed approximately $463,400,000 million worldwide and remains to this day the highest grossing romantic comedy film ever, and is possibly the most well known.
When successful corporate mogul Edward Lewis meets independent and carefree hooker Vivian Ward, their two lives are worlds apart. But Vivian’s energetic spirit challenges Edward’s no-nonsense, business-minded approach to life, sparking an immediate attraction. He teaches her about the finer things in life; she teaches him that love could be the best investment he ever made. Capturing the hearts of critics and film fans alike, this modern-day rags-to-riches romance entertains with its upbeat blend of humour, passion and unforgettable fun!
Despite usually despising the average romantic comedy in all its cliché form and glory, Pretty Woman is one of the few exceptions. It does have the cliché ending you come to expect and many of the core elements that make a romantic comedy, but it separates itself from the pack with superiority in the acting and the execution of the story. Both Richard Gere and Julia Roberts are very good and Ms Roberts is worthy of her Oscar nomination, the soundtrack is also provides very notable contribution towards the success of the film. However, after setting a great pace to the film after the second act Pretty Woman hits a rather annoying stumbling block that drags the film out far longer than necessary.