4.0 out of 5 stars
Pretty Woman -Majer O' Sickey, May 12 2004
Pretty Woman starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere is a romantic movie about a young woman, Vivian, who is a hooker for a living and one day stumbles upon Edward, a handsome and successful businessman. He needs to get to a certain destination and she gets him there in his beautiful sports car which he can hardly maneuver himself. Although their romance starts as an accidental meeting, after spending a short time with her he falls for her. He lets her remain in his hotel for a couple of days and attempts to transform her because he sees all the potential she has. Initially he falls for her because of her physical beauty, like most men do. They survey the women in front of them and decide who they will be with. As the days go by he tries to change the way she dresses in order for her to look more ladylike and so that she could fit the role of an ideal woman with not only her physical beauty but her attire as well. He tries to make her look as though she is from the high society by allowing her to shop at Beverly Hills with his credit cards of course. He clearly displays a stereotype of men which is that they feel that they need to take care of their women and keep them looking beautiful as though they were objects because the woman that they are with reflect somewhat how they will be seen by others.
Although Vivian has a job that is not seen as commendable, she is independent. She pays for her rent and supports herself alone. The arrival of Richard in her life changes that. He offers her luxuries she has never seen and she takes them. She transforms herself to fit the image of a woman he would fall in love with, which he does, but not solely because she changed her appearance but because he saw her charm right from the start. Although this movie seems to be a typical boy meets girl, boy falls for girl because she is beautiful it is not. It's a sweet, captivating story that displays that two people from two different worlds with different economic backgrounds and views on the world can fall for eachother. However, it is not realistic that a woman struggling as she was would suddenly meet Price Charming.