Who doesn’t want a great romance? Who isn’t fascinated by ideas like “love at first sight” and “love conquers all”? Love is the most common theme in stories. No matter what genre you pick, the most efficient way to connect your characters is love. Because what emotion is more powerful than that? Hollywood has further elevated it by churning out stories that tell you the tales that would otherwise seem impossible in real life. One such film is ‘Pretty Woman’. Starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in the lead roles, it is one of the most loved rom-coms of all time. It catapulted Roberts into stardom and rejuvenated the genre of romantic comedies, which further elevated the careers of many other actresses. What makes it so lovable is that it seems unimaginable, very much like a fantasy. A fairy tale, if I may! It is a romantic classic and if you haven’t yet seen it, don’t read any further.
Summary of the Plot
The film starts with Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) making his way out of a party after he gets into an argument with his girlfriend. He has an ex-wife who took his dog and a girlfriend who claims to spend more time talking to his secretary than him. The secretary was even a bridesmaid for their wedding. (Funny how we don’t get to see her in the film!) This shows that despite being rich and popular, Edward doesn’t have a functioning relationship with anyone.
After the heated discussion, Edward makes his way out of the party and takes his friend’s car for a ride. But, as Stuckey (James Alexander) predicted, he loses his way and ends up on a street where hookers, pimps and drug dealers run their business. As he stops and tries to work out a way to get a better handle of the car, which he knows nothing about because he never really drives, Vivian (Julia Roberts) offers to help him. She ends up driving him to the hotel and finally manages to make her way to his suite. Her cheerful and innocent behaviour impresses him and he hires her to be with him for a week. Thus, starts her education of the elite lifestyle.
Vivian goes on a shopping spree, learns table manners from the good manager, attends polo match, and gets to enjoy opera. He teaches her stuff like “strawberries bring out the flavour in champagne” while she educates him that “the length of your foot is the same as your elbow to your wrist.” With her influence, he begins to wonder what reputation he has earned for his company. As the days go by, both of their understanding of each other takes a deeper meaning, each turning the other’s life for the better, and they end up falling in love.