Edward & Vivian – Pretty Woman
No from the heroic to the decidedly sordid.... The Beatles famously sang “Money can’t buy me love”... obviously they’d never seen Pretty Woman.
The unlikely love story sees a ruthless businessman falling for the high class prostitute he’s hired to impress people he’s schmoozing in LA.
At least it’s an appropriate setting for a film that blurs all the lines between business, pleasure and love.
The world’s oldest profession has never been associated with actual love for good reason.
Iconic scenes where Richard Gere puts snooty sales clerks in their place by lavishing expensive clothes on Julia Roberts might be superficially satisfying but it’s hardly romantic.
But beneath all the trashy materialism maybe the fact the fact that the film shows that ultimately even simulated intimacy leads inextricably to genuine emotions is a positive message, even if it does come in knee high stripper boots.