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Laramie Movie Scope:
Pretty Woman

A handsome couple

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by Robert Roten, Film Critic
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April 11, 1990 -- ``Pretty Woman'' is a nice, straightforward romantic comedy in the mainstream Hollywood tradition.

Richard Gere and Julia Roberts make a handsome couple in this stock rags-to-riches, heart-of-gold hooker vehicle. Gere and especially Roberts, backed up by a strong supporting cast, do an excellent acting job to make this Pygmalion-like story work.

In the story Roberts, a hooker, is hired by Gere as an escort and, of course, eventually the two fall in love. The script, for the most part, is filled with witty dialogue and interesting characters.

Some of the best scenes in the movie feature Roberts going up against some impertinent Beverly Hills storekeepers and a friendship she develops with a Beverly Hills hotel manager, who teaches her some social graces, such as how to identify a salad fork.

The movie emphasizes the essentially decent nature of most people and how this is brought to the surface in both of the main characters. The story, of course, is not very believable and it is quite predictable.

Despite the drawbacks of the plot, this is a real feel-good movie. On a scale of one to 10 it rates a seven.

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