some of you have just returned to this planet after a 12
year absence, Julia plays a Hollywood Blvd. hooker, and
Gere is a New York millionaire in town to acquire a
company, so he can break it up and sell the assets. Gere
breaks up, calmly and efficiently, with his girlfriend by
phone, borrows his lawyer's car (a Lotus), and gets lost
trying to find his hotel. When he stops to ask Roberts
for directions, she offers to sell them to him:
Roberts: I'll tell you for five
Gere: That's ridiculous.
Roberts: It just went up to ten bucks.
Gere: You can't charge for directions.
Roberts: I'm not the one who's lost.
She gets in the Lotus,
goes back to Gere's hotel, and spends the night. Gere
decides to hire her for a week, supposedly for something
to wear on his arm, but also for the company, and because
he is intrigued by Roberts. You can pretty much figure
out the story from here.
||I had always thought of
it as a generic Cinderella story, but it is more like a
modern remake of Cinderella. Roberts, of course, is
Cinderella, and Gere is prince charming. The fairy
godmother is the hotel manager, played to perfection by
Hector Elizondo, the evil step-sisters are two snotty
Rodeo Drive clothing clerks, and the evil stepmother is
Gere's lawyer. Oh, and the coach is the Lotus.
In addition to the clear breast
shot, there is a lot of cleavage, see-through and
poke-through by Roberts. In the commentary by director
Garry Marshall, he mentions that Julia was so nervous
doing the sex scene that she broke out in hives.
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it 6.5, good for a romantic comedy.
- With their
dollars ... it was a smash hit worldwide,
grossing nearly $500 million dollars.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating