Pretty woman is a Cinderella style rom-com directed by Gary Marshall and starring Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Jason Alexander and Laura San Giacomo. This story is a touching tale of a girl down on her luck that is swept off her feet by her Prince Charming, but not only does he rescue her, she rescues him right back. The movie starts with Edward Lewis (Gere), a wealthy business man, leaving a party after having been dumped by his girlfriend. He borrows Phil’s Lotus Esprit and drives to Hollywood boulevard where he pulls up next to Vivian (Robert) and Kit (San Giacomo) who are working their ‘turf’. They see Edward as a possible client and Kit ‘gives’ him to Vivian not knowing that this guy will change her life forever. Vivian ends up driving Edward back to his hotel in Beverly Hills, where he invites her up to the penthouse. During the night and the following morning we find out that Vivian isn’t a common place hooker, but a respectful genuine person who doesn’t neglect her gums. Edward is in need of a beautiful woman to accompany him to his work functions at which he acquires many of his businesses, he ends up hiring her for the entire week. After a humiliating shopping trip, the hotel manager Barney (Elizondo) steps in and helps her acquire the clothes and the etiquette she needs to fit into Edward’s world, but despite the dress and the lessons from Barney the dinner isn’t quite the success Vivian was hoping for. After this Vivian also accompanies Edward to a polo match, at which Edward tells Phil (Alexander) that Vivian is a prostitute and Phil wastes no time in letting Vivian know he’s aware of what she does for a living. This, combined with Edward’s sudden change of mind concerning his business deal, leads to Philip attacking Vivian and possibly portraying the typical and expected view of prostitutes at this time, in contrast to Edwards equalising behaviour towards Vivian. The end of the film is a typical Prince Charming sweeping Cinderella off her feet moment, complete with a dishevelled modern day tower for the prince to climb. J.F. Lawton did a brilliant job when writing this movie, he took the traditional story of Cinderella and modernised it to fit with the current world around him, therefore making it more believable to the audience he was trying to attract. The most obvious change he made was to write the leading female character, Vivian, as a prostitute. She is written as a strong character that is very wise about her job. This is made especially apparent towards the end of the movie when Edward offers to put her up in an apartment to get her off of the streets and she reacts by saying ‘that’s just geography’. This single statement defines the entire occupation of prostitution; she knows that the location doesn’t make a difference to what she does; she could be an escort for wealthy men or have a pimp who sets up the ‘dates’, she would still be getting paid for sex. Despite Vivian’s occupation and tough exterior, Lawton does give her a softer more human side with a little humour throw in for good measure. For instance, when helping Edward with his tie she confides that she ‘had a grandpa. He was nice to me. Liked ties on Sunday’, this makes Vivian more relatable to the audience as it shows that she has a family and people that are nice to her somewhere. It also shows some vulnerability to the character which Lawton writes in again later when Vivian reveals to Edward how she came to be in this business; by following ‘bum number 3’. The difference in typical character that Lawton writes about with Vivian is also apparent with Edward. The typical view of Edward would be an arrogant business man who sees himself as above everyone else because he has money, education and a business. Lawton writes Edward as more down to earth and even has him make a comparison between his job and Vivian’s; ‘You and I are such similar creatures Vivian. We both screw people for money’. By using the word ‘screw’ as slang for sex and for cheating people out of their money it trivialises both of their jobs into something they do to get money. Lawton also writes Edward with a certain amount of vulnerability, as he is not only the ‘Prince Charming’ there to save Vivian, but his character needs to be saved. Vivian helps him to see that his job is not fulfilling, he doesn’t build anything or make anything; nothing productive. Vivian makes him see what he really wants to do and gives him the drive to make it happen. The actors use Lawton’s script and create characters that are serious, loveable and funny. The main source of comedy in this film comes from Kit De Luca. Laura San Giacomo portrays Kit as an old hand at prostitution, perhaps how the audience would imagine a prostitute was like. She never appears ashamed of her job and never lets herself be made to feel worthless. Lawton and San Giacomo show this in the scene where Kit comes to see Vivian at the hotel in Beverly Hills. San Giacomo portrays Kit in exactly the same way as if she was standing of Hollywood Boulevard, she does not change her attitude or behaviour. Lawton gives her the line ’50 bucks grandpa, for 75 the wife can watch’ which adds comedy to the disapproving atmosphere that has been created in the hotel lobby since she entered and helped San Giacomo to show that Kit touts for business regardless of where she is. This is a large contrast to the way Julia Roberts portrays Vivian. When Vivian is in her wig and killer boots Roberts shows she is a confident woman by the way she walks, stands and talks, however, as soon as she enters the hotel with Edward Roberts changes her behaviour to fidgety and uncomfortable. As Vivian’s transformation develops, Roberts shows her becoming slightly more confident, however there is still the odd moment where she reverts her back to the fidgety, childlike character. One such occurrence is when Phil confronts her about being a prostitute. When she gets back to the hotel with Edward she tells him ‘that in her own clothes she can ‘handle it’. Roberts shows that Vivian’s clothes play a big part in her confidence, she needs her own clothes when she is working because they give her confidence, make her feel strong and able to cope with the creeps she encounters. Pretty Woman is an amazing feel good film that has you laughing, crying and makes you give a satisfied ‘aww’ at the very end. Vivian is the perfect modern day Cinderella; a strong independent woman who is living the life she has been dealt after making the wrong choices and Edward is a classic high powered business man with a heart. Kit De Luca adds the comedy and Phil Stuckey represents the hostile view of prostitutes. With this combination of characters you can’t go far wrong.