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Pretty Woman

She walked off the street, into his life and stole his heart.  

Year: 1990 
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Garry Marshall 
Starring: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Jason Alexander  

Think back and try to remember a film which combines wit, charm, and that all-important feel-good factor into just under two hours. No, we're not talking about Jade, but that tear-jerking Cinderella update Pretty Woman: a classic romantic comedy guaranteed to grab every heart-string and give it a quick yank.

Richard Gere, a ruthless and cold-hearted businessman, stumbles across Julia Roberts, the prostitute with a heart of gold (notice there are no clichés here) whilst lost and in need of directions. Quickly discovering that she knows more about his gear-stick than he does, (and the Editor is not allowed to put a smutty joke in here), Ricky decides to here her as his escort for the weekend - with pocket money for buying clothes and accessories thrown in. Not a bad deal, but both of them get more than they bargained for as they engage on a Disney-produced journey with the destination of True-love city.

My cynicism aside, this is an outstanding example of the slushy romance, with appealing characters (whom you really care about), a profusion of wonderful comic moments and a genuine chemistry between the two sex-symbol stars. A sweet-natured, enjoyable bread from that stressful week on campus, Pretty Woman also boasts a great soundtrack, with some sort of tie-in song by Roy Orbison and even a ballad by Swedish hipsters Roxette! Don't miss this opportunity to experience all this in the full-sized glory of the big-screen.


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Screenings of this film:

1995/1996 Spring Term (35mm)
2021/2022 Summer Term (35mm)