Pretty Woman was brought to us in 1990, starring none other than the wonderful Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.
Although the movie was originally supposed to be a more sinister, cautionary drama about the dangers of sex work and the effects of class in Los Angeles, it was totally reconstructed and ended up being the charming romantic comedy we all know and love today.
This was due to Jeffrey Katzenburg, the then-president of Walt Disney Studios, who wanted the script to read as a love story and a much more of a present day fairy tale. After this, the film was rewritten and pitched to Touchstone Pictures. And a very good job too – because it did, in fact, become one of the highest grossing films that 1990 had to offer.
However, when Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman critiqued the film, he showed that it wasn’t quite his cup of tea. In his critique, he said that Pretty Woman “pretends to be about how love transcends money” when it “is really obsessed with status symbols.”
He ended up rating the film with a disappointing D, a decision which he has later said he would change if he were to make it again today. Gleiberman has since said that whilst he still believes his words were correct, he would have given it a B instead.
The New York Times showed a review by Carina Chocano, which said that it “wasn’t a love story, it was a money story.”
So what do you think? Whether you agree with the harsh critics out there or not, you’ve probably seen this classic more than a few times, but how much do you really remember about the much adored Pretty Woman?
Well, now you can find out! Just take this quick little quiz and don’t forget to ‘work it, baby! Own it!’