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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The main character is a prostitute. Other characters are consumed by greed and materialism. However, by the movie's end, consequences are realized and the main characters learn from their mistakes.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
One scene of attempted rape.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Prostitution, sexual imagery, and discussion. Main characters do promote safe-sex behavior.
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Few isolated incidents of profanity.
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Products & Purchases
Luxury brands and high-designer lines are glamorized in the film.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A few scenes of drug dealing, alcohol and tobacco use, though not blatant.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this film contains adult themes, strong sexual references, and sexual imagery. Prostitution is one of the main issues dealt with in the movie. There are scenes of scantly-clad women, drug dealing, tobacco and alcohol use, and an incident of attempted rape. There is also occasional profanity. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
One of the top-grossing romantic comedies of all time, the affable Pretty Woman launched Roberts' career and popularized the modern romantic comedy. Despite its formulaic plot, the movie succeeds, due in part to J.F. Lawton's clever script and the performances of Roberts, Laura San Giacomo, and Hector Elizondo as the hotel concierge.
Provided that your teen is mature enough to recognize the implausibility of such a story, Pretty Woman is relatively harmless and surely will outshine the myriad of lackluster and unsubstantial romantic comedies teens normally submit themselves to. However, it's important to remind your child that the reality of prostitution is much harsher than its portrayal in the film.
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