This post was originally published at Novelicious.com and is now at WritingTipsOasis.com. WritingTipsOasis.com acquired Novelicious.com in June 2022.
Yes, 25. Can you believe it?
For 25 years we've been repeating memorable phrases such as:
Man, this baby must corner like it's on rails!
Then there is the scene at the polo match. How many of us cheered like Vivian after seeing Pretty Woman? Or told an elderly lady at the opera that we enjoyed it so much we almost peed our pants?
Or, how about about the fabulous scene in the bathroom?
Vivian: Don't you just love Prince?
Edward: More than life itself.
And those scenes that give us an insight into the characters. Edward is a hard-nosed business man who buys companies, breaks them up, then sells them for a lot more money (yes, I was paying attention to the business bits). But then we see a chink of human-being in him. Along with humour.
Edward: I'm afraid of heights.
Vivian: You are? So how come you rented the penthouse?Edward: It's the best. I looked all around for penthouses on the first floor, but I can't find one.
Edward likes things to be the best. And even though he has picked up a prostitute, Even though, as Vivian says, she's a sure thing, he still makes sure they have The Best. He asks the reception desk to send some champagne and strawberries to his room when he first arrives back at The Beverly Wilshire with Vivian. Treating her like a lady from the very first moment.
Edward: Why don't you try a strawberry ?
Edward: It brings out the flavour in the champagne.
Vivian: Oh, groovy.
Vivian: Don't you drink?
Vivian: Listen, l – I appreciate this whole seduction scene you've got goin', but let me give you a tip: I'm a sure thing, okay?
But the scene we most enjoy in the film? Yes, it has to be that scene. Forget the romance, forget the fairytale, forget the polo, the scene with the snails – those slippery little suckers – and driving a car with a 'stick'. The one scene we all remember Pretty Woman for? Yep. Vivian's payback to those snobby shop assistants who refused to serve her.
Shop assistant: Hello, can I help you?
Vivian: I was in here yesterday, you wouldn’t wait on me.
Shop assistant: Oh.
Vivian: You people work on commission, right?
Shop assistant: Yeah.
Vivian: Big mistake. Big. Huge. I have to go shopping now.
I will leave you with that satisfying quote whilst I sip my champagne and eat my strawberries. It brings out the flavour of the champagne, don't you know?
Happy Birthday, Pretty Woman.