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Pretty Woman(1990) starring Richard Gere as Edward and Julia Roberts as Vivian is a classic movie with a fairy tale ending.

Taking place in Beverly Hills and Hollywood, the film goes a long way in showing many landmarks from the Los Angeles basin.

Richard Gere plays Edward, a wealthy businessman who makes his fortune by buying companies, breaking them up and selling the pieces for more than the whole. Jason Alexander(who starred in the tv series Friends) plays his cut throat lawyer who enjoys the excitement of finding struggling companies and getting them after smelling blood.

At the start of the film, Richard Gere picks up working girl Julia Roberts in Hollywood for a night of fun. She ends up staying the night and the next morning he tells her that he wants to hire her for an entire week.

Richard Gere was staying at the exclusive Regent Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. Julia Roberts did not fit in at the conservative hotel and she was often given weird looks. Hotel Manager Hector Elizondo does a good job of making her feel awkward at first. However, as the film goes on his character takes pity on her and does some things to make her feel more comfortable. She was also looked down upon in Beverly Hills when shopping for new clothes. It didn't help that she chose some of the most exclusive stores in the heart of Beverly Hills on Rodeo Drive. One store frowned upon her so much that they refused to wait on her. Julia Roberts told Richard Gere about here unpleasant shopping experience so he decided to accompany her on the next trip where she was pampered and catered to.

As the week goes on Julia Roberts tells fellow working girl Laura San Giacomo (who starred in the tv series Just Shoot Me) that she is starting to develop feelings for Richard Gere. She ends up falling in love with him, but becomes upset because of the impossible premise of their relationship.

In a happy ending, Richard Gere comes to rescue her in the end so that everyone can live happily ever after. --Eric Sprague


Review by Amazon.com reprinted with permission
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Like a pumpkin that transforms into a carriage, some very shrewd casting (and the charisma of Julia Roberts, in particular) morphed this story of a Hollywood whore into a Disneyfied Cinderella story--and a mainstream megahit. This is the movie that made Roberts a star; the charm of her personality helping tremendously to carry viewers over the rough spots in the script (which was originally a cynical tale about prostitution called 3000--after the amount of money Richard Gere's character pays the prostitute to stay with him for the week). Gere is the silver-haired Wall Street knight who sweeps streetwalker Roberts into a fantasy world of room service at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel and fashion boutique shopping on Rodeo Drive. The supporting cast is also appealing, including Laura San Giacomo as Roberts's hooker pal, Hector Elizondo as the hotel manager, Jason Alexander, Ralph Bellamy, and Hank Azaria. Now, is this something you want your sons and daughters to see? That's entirely up to you. --Jim Emerson
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