The 25 Most Iconic Things About ‘Pretty Woman’

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It’s been 25 years since the release of Garry Marshall‘s timeless fairytale, Pretty Woman. When it arrived in theaters back in 1990, the film opened to mixed reviews, but the dramedy starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere would become a box office smash and a cultural touchstone.Twenty five years later, Pretty Woman is a beloved classic, not to mention a pop culture reference in movies like Romy and Michele’s High School reunion and TV shows like Broad City and Parks and Recreation. From those unforgettable outfits to those endlessly re-quotable lines, we’ve picked the 25 most iconic things from Pretty Woman.

1. It Turned Julia Roberts Into a Full-Fledged Movie Star
Yes, the actress broke out in Hollywood in the late ’80s thanks to her work in Mystic Pizza and Steel Magnolias, but it wasn’t until she nabbed the role as bubbly, sexy hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold Vivian Ward that she became an A-list leading lady.

2. That Jewelry-Box-Snapping Scene, You Know the One

It’s perhaps the scene most associated with the film (not to mention Roberts’ laugh) but it wasn’t even supposed to be in the movie. Garry Marshall reportedly told Richard Gere to do it as a gag, but the moment was so charming, they kept it in. Smart move.

3. The Cut-Out Dress
The sexy blue-and-white cut-out dress (paired with the sky-high black boots) that Vivian wears when she first meets the rich and handsome Edward Lewis was something of a fashion statement and resonates just as much all these years later. In the classic Parks and Recreation episode “Road Trip,” we find out that Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) actually owns the dress and she looks “really good in it.” But the dress really made headlines again back in 2012 when Julia’s real-life niece Emma Roberts wore it as a Halloween costume.

4. Kit De Luca: Rom-Com’s Greatest Sidekick 

The 90′s were filled with wise-cracking sidekicks, but no one could even compare to Vivian’s no-nonsense pal and fellow prostitute Kit De Luca (played by Laura San Giacomo). The hilarious scene-stealer forever changed the way we pronounced the Regent Beverly Wilshire (“Reg Bev Wil”) or said Cinderella (“Cinede-fuckin’-rella”). We would have watched an entire movie about Kit, truth be told.

5. “I Want the Fairytale”
Don’t we all?

6. The Shopping Sequence 

Just like Romy and Michele, we just get so happy when those judgmental saleswomen finally let her shop.

7. “Big mistake. Big. Huge.” 

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Has there ever been a more satisfying comeback then when Vivian lets those mean Beverly Hills clerks lost out on a huge commission? Nope, and that’s exactly why people still reference it, even the Broad City gals.

8. Richard Gere’s Salt and Pepper Hair
For some inexplicable reason, they changed his hair to black on the Pretty Woman poster, when he looks so much better on screen with the gray.

9. Julia Roberts’ Gigantic Curly Hair
We’re with Edward here, it’s so much better than the ridiculous blonde bob wig she wears at the beginning of the movie.

10. Julia Roberts Singing to Prince in the Bathtub 

It’s truly the only way “Kiss” was meant to be sung.

11. The Entire Soundtrack
From Roxette‘s weepy power ballad “It Must Have Been Love” to, of course, Roy Orbison‘s “Oh, Pretty Woman,” the entire soundtrack hits all the right notes at all the right times.

12. She Rescues Him Right Back
Sure, Pretty Woman ends with as cliche an ending as an fairytale (Edward climbs the “tower” to rescue the princess), but there’s a twist. As Vivian iconically tells her prince, “She rescues him right back.” Twenty-five years later, that’s still a kick-ass twist on a fairytale ending.

13. All the Sex Scenes
Pretty Woman is one of the steamiest movies of all-time, and that’s thanks in part to the smoldering scenes like when Edward and Vivian get it on atop a piano in the hotel bar.

14. A Particularly Scummy Jason Alexander 


Jason Alexander will forever be known as Seinfeld‘s resident neurotic George Costanza (above), but for Pretty Woman fans it’s hard to shake the image of the actor as Edward’s sleazy boss Philip Stuckey hitting on Vivian and then, quite literally, hitting her. This guy was way more worthy of the “Can’t-Stand-Ya” name pronunciation.

15. Hector Elizondo’s Solidifies Status As a Garry Marshall Movie Regular 

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The Reg Bev Wil’s manager Barney Thompson turned out to be a real pal to Vivian, but one of the movie’s best characters. It’s no coincidence that Marshall has repeatedly used the supporting actor as a sidekick in many of his other movies, including Runaway Bride, The Princess Diaries, and Valentine’s Day.

16. “Well color me happy! There’s a sofa in there for two!”
Come on, who doesn’t say that every time they enter a fancy elevator?

17. Vivian and Edward’s Romantic Night at the Opera
Vivian got even more emotional over their emotional, romantic date than at the Pirates of Penzance, and so did we.

18. Hollywood, Land of Dreams!
It sounds cliche when settings are described as another character, but it’s true when it comes to Pretty Woman and Hollywood. The sunny and ritzy locales are the perfect setting for the film, especially those iconic scenes on Rodeo Drive. As the flower salesman walking around Hollywood at the end of the film puts it, “Welcome to Hollywood! What’s your dream? Everybody comes here: this is Hollywood, land of dreams. Some dreams come true, some don’t…but keep on dreamin’…this is Hollywood. Always time to dream, so keep on dreamin’!”

19. Vivian’s Arsenio Hall Impression at the Stuffy Polo Match 

The ’90s were awesome.

20. The Polka Dot Dress
The only thing better than Vivian’s Arsenio Hall outburst at the polo match, is her classy polka dot dress, paired with a white hat.

21. The Lotus Espirit 

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Thanks to Pretty Woman we all learned that Edward’s fancy sports car, the Lotus Espirit “corners like it’s on rails!”

22. “Do you have anything in this shop as beautiful as she is?”
Now that’s a line.

23. “In case I forget to tell you later, I had a really good time tonight.”
No, wait, that is.

24. Vivian Eats Pancakes With her Hands

Seriously, only Roberts could make that look appetizing.

25. The Whole Damn Movie
Every outfit, every line, every sexy glance, and every hairstyle still incredibly holds up 25 years later. Of course, nothing is as timeless as a boy and a girl meeting from the other sides of the tracks and falling in love, but Pretty Woman is in a league of its own.

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Blockbuster Movies That Cost Next to Nothing to Make

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When you think of blockbuster movies, you think of huge budgets, astronomical paydays for its stars, and a mammoth press tour. But every once and awhile, a smaller movie proves that all wrong. As we gear up for the spring and summer movie extravaganzas, we wanted to take a look back at the films that were made on a shoestring budget (at least by Hollywood standards) and wound up making some serious bank. You don’t always need A-listers and commercial tie-ins for a movie to be a box office hit, and these 10 classics (which are listed in no particular order) prove just that.

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Paranormal Activity (2007)

Estimated Budget: $15,000
Box Office Tally: $108 million

Thanks to strong word of mouth and a viral campaign, this spooky found footage horror flick (sound familiar?) about a couple being haunted by spirits in the wee hours of the morning went on to become one of the most profitable films of all-time. It has since spawned four sequels, which have collectively earned roughly $383 million domestically to date.

Halloween (1978)

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Estimated Budget: $300,000
Box Office Tally: $47 million

John Carpenter‘s iconic slasher flick not only was a hit for the horror genre, but the indie film genre as well. This low-budget classic made for countless sequels and remakes, but nothing beats the original when it comes to being the best or the most profitable.

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Napolen Dynamite (2004)

Estimated Budget: $400,000
Box Office Tally: $44.5 million

Gosh! This goofy indie comedy earned $46 million worldwide, and while they may not seem like a huge amount, it does when you look at its micro-budget (leading man Jon Heder was originally only paid $1,000 for his work). Those estimates don’t include how much it raked in with its wildly popular merchandising (“Vote for Pedro” shirts, anyone?).

Mad Max (1979) 

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Estimated Budget: $400,000
Box Office Tally: $100 million

It’s safe to say the budget on the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road was slightly more than the original dystopian action flick that started it all, but Mad Max is hard to top in terms of sheer profit. A massive hit in its native Australia, it would go on to earn $100 million worldwide.

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

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Estimated Budget: $500,000-$750,000
Box Office Tally: $140 million

The movie that launched the found footage horror genre and a thousand imitators was also the little Sundance movie that could. Birthed by a clever marketing campaign which suggested the film was actual found footage of three missing campers, it was a minimal movie with a huge impact. While its follow-up film was a flop, the original Blair Witch Project was a pre-Internet phenomenon that hooked the masses and made nearly $250 million worldwide.

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Oscars 2015: 6 Reasons Why ‘American Sniper’ Didn’t Win Best Picture

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While American Sniper had an impressive six nominations to its name, it ultimately lost Best Picture to Birdman at the 2015 Oscars, and we’ve pinpointed the six reasons why the movie couldn’t pull off a dark horse victory.

Director Clint Eastwood‘s controversial biopic about U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (played by Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper) — had gained momentum throughout the course of this year’s awards season thanks to its critical and box office success, but it wasn’t enough for the film to walk away with the top honor at the Oscars. Here’s why:

It Couldn’t Overcome the Controversy 

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Like other Best Picture nominees such as Foxcatcher and Selma, American Sniper also couldn’t overcome its headline-grabbing controversies. Since the release of the film, questions have been raised about the validity of the late Kyle’s claims, which likely didn’t sit well with some Academy voters. Throw in the fact that the film became a heated talking point between the left and the right and the film quickly changed from being a well-made war movie to a political lightning rod. From Sarah Palin‘s statement that Hollywood is “not fit to shine Chris Kyle’s combat boots” to Bill Maher calling Kyle a “psychopath patriot,” American Sniper was either praised for honoring Kyle’s legacy or accused of being war propaganda. For voters who didn’t want to pick a side, their ballots likely checked off a less controversial choice.

Box Office Success Doesn’t Always Translate to Best Picture 


To date, American Sniper has made $312.6 million in the United States alone. The film shattered box office records during its opening weekend back in January and has remained a steady hit ever since. Still, for every box office juggernaut that does win Best Picture (see: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingTitanicForrest Gump), there are just as many who prove that appealing to the masses doesn’t mean the Academy will respond just as strongly. Case in point: James Cameron‘s sci-fi spectacle Avatar is the top-grossing film of all-time, but it still couldn’t trump the gritty war drama The Hurt Locker in 2009, which pulled in just $49 million worldwide.

This Was a Two-Horse Race All Along

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American Sniper may have surprised everyone when it became a box office smash and earned six Oscar nods, but it didn’t stand a chance against this year’s two biggest contenders Boyhood and Birdman. That was all the chatter leading up to the 87th Academy Awards: that this year’s race was a tight two-film race between Richard Linklater’s game-changing 12-year-spanning opus and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s single-take tragicomedy. American Sniper, despite tapping into a nerve, was ultimately this year’s dark horse and it never pulled far enough ahead to beat out the winner Birdman.

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15 Movies Steamier Than ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

If the on-screen chemistry between Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades of Grey leaves you more bothered than hot, don’t fret, there’s plenty of other sexy movies out there to watch instead.

From steamy rom-coms (Pretty Woman, Love and Other Drugs) to swoon-worthy classics (Titanic, The Notebook) to those movies that definitely put the adult in adult drama (Unfaithful, Ghost) we’ve picked out some of the sexiest films — and their sexiest moments — of all-time to suit your every need. Who needs Fifty Shades when you’ve got these 15? 



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A rich debutante (Kate Winslet) and a poor artist (Leonardo DiCaprio) fall in love aboard the doomed ship and their hearts go on.

Sexiest Moment: The lovers sneak away to the steerage and get it on in the back of a car. Steamy, both literally and figurative.

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A married woman (Diane Lane) finds herself in a wildly hot affair with a sexy French bookseller (Olivier Martinez). It all goes horribly wrong (as these things tend to do) but before it does, man, it is scorching.

Sexiest moment: Well, take your pick, really. Their first intense rendezvous in his chic SoHo loft, their frenzied tryst in a restaurant bathroom, or their urgent moment of passion in a hallway. It’s all so good.

The Notebook

The story about a young summer romance between a wealthy society girl (Rachel McAdams) and a working class boy (Ryan Gosling) that blossomed into a lifelong love affair.

Sexiest Moment: The passionate, long-awaited kiss in the rain that put all other movie kisses in the rain to shame.

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‘The Breakfast Club’ 30 Years Later: Where is the Cast Now?

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The 1985 John Hughes teen comedy classic The Breakfast Club celebrates its 30th anniversary on February 15. That’s right, it’s been thirty years since the brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess, and the criminal walked into detention as strangers and left as something else. The beloved coming-of-age film — which was a critical and box office success upon its release — featured some of the biggest stars of the ’80s, who all graduated to various levels of success after The Breakfast Club.

As we celebrate the film being a staple of pop culture and cinema, we wanted to check in on the cast and see where they are now. So what are Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald, and Judd Nelson — who were all members of the iconic Brat Pack — up to since they spent that fateful Saturday afternoon together in Shermer High School? We check in on the cast, who all appeared together (with the exception of Estevez) at the Oscar tribute to John Hughes in 2010.

Molly Ringwald

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The ultimate ’80s It Girl played the popular rich girl Claire Standish in The Breakfast Club. Something of a Hughes muse, Ringwald also appeared in Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink. While she’ll forever be known as an ’80s teen icon, she’s stayed in showbiz over the past three decades, taking on roles on the big screen (Betsy’s Wedding, Teaching Mrs. Tingle) and the small screen alike (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Stand). Ringwald will next be seen in the highly anticipated, nostalgia-friendly Jem and the Holograms movie.

Judd Nelson

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Nelson (and his nostrils) sent hearts fluttering as the bad boy John Bender. The actor is still primarily known as an ’80s star, though he has worked steadily since his Brat Pack days, including hitting the small screen for shows like Suddenly Susan. Nelson can currently be seen on the smash drama Empire as Lucious Lyon’s villainous rival Baretti.

Anthony Michael Hall 

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Anthony Michael Hall was no stranger to playing geeks in Hughes movies (see: Sixteen Candles, Weird Science), but his performance as the brainy, picked-on Brian Johnson in The Breakfast Club gave him some extra depth. While Hall may forever known as an ’80s star, but he’s worked steadily (primarily in supporting roles) since his Brat Pack days, even breaking out of his nerd typecasting, thanks to roles in movies like Edward Scissorhands, Six Degrees of Separation, The Dark Knight, and TV’s Dead Zone. The actor (who also had a short-lived stint as a cast member on Saturday Night Live) can currently be seen in the Oscar-nominated drama Foxcatcher.

The 14 Most Romantic Movies You Can Stream on Netflix This Valentine’s Day

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Love is in the air, and it’s streaming on Netflix. Valentine’s Day is almost here, and that means you can unabashedly watch the all those romantic movies that make your heart swell. From the all-time classic love stories like Sense and Sensibility to modern romps like Silver Linings Playbook, we’ve picked the 14 best romantic movies to watch on February 14. The best part? Whether you’re happily single, blissfully in love, or somewhere in between, all of these movies will strike a chord in one way or another. Oh, and there’s a good chance a few of them will star Hugh Grant.

Silver Linings Playbook

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Lars and the Real Girl
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Ryan Gosling plays a loner named Lars, who falls in love with a life-size doll named Bianca that he bought over the Internet. Yes, the preemies seems as unsettling as Gosling’s mustache, but the quirky, thoughtful dramedy actually strikes a very real nerve. A movie about love, acceptance, and letting go, Lars and the Real Girl may be an unconventional romance, but a romance nonetheless.



“When the moon hits your eye, like a big pizza pie, that’s amore.” This Oscar-winning Norman Jewison classic starring Cher and Nicolas Cage as a spirited widower and a baker with one hand, respectively, is still as hilarious now as it was utterly sexy and romantic when it came out in 1987. If there was any movie that perfectly captures how utterly inconvenient and messy true love can be, it’s Moonstruck.

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