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Pretty Woman

Cinderella meets the Sunset Strip.
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1990
  • Running Time: 125 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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
Not applicable

One scene of attempted rape.


Prostitution, sexual imagery, and discussion. Main characters do promote safe-sex behavior.


Few isolated incidents of profanity.


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.

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.

What's the story?

PRETTY WOMAN follows the love story of hooker with a heart of gold, Vivian (Julia Roberts), and a stoic, detached, wealthy business mogul, Edward (Richard Gere), who treats all facets of life like a business merger. Vivian is a charismatic, "innocent" prostitute looking to make ends meet. Driving along the Hollywood strip one night, Edward stops and asks Vivian for directions. She drives him back to his hotel and stays the night. Bemused by her company, Edward hires her for the week at a rate of $3,000. Predictably, their relationship develops into more than that of employer/employee.

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the harsh realities and dangers of prostitution, as compared to the film's portrayal of it in the film. 

  • Parents could discuss how the film treats the objectification of women.

  • Does being a prostitute make Vivian a lesser person?

  • Vivian's physical makeover brings up the issue of appearance and its relation to self-esteem. How does her transformation alter the way she perceives herself and is perceived by other people?

  • Another good point of discussion is the movie's commentary on greed, morals and materialism in today's society. Does money buy Edward happiness?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 23, 1990
DVD/Streaming release date:September 6, 1997
Cast:Hector Elizondo, Julia Roberts, Richard Gere
Director:Garry Marshall
Studio:Buena Vista
Run time:125 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:sexuality and some language

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Kid, 12 years old February 10, 2014
I think that a mature child could handle this. I handled it just fine. Yes, it does revolve around a prostitute and a wealthy man who hires her for her services. But in the end she does turn her life around. It does have a couple sex scenes, them in the bed and in the tub together. Obviously don't show this to your 7 year old but i think it is appropriate for a mature 12 year old and older. Only if your mature though.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educator Written bySaskiwi August 9, 2013

Just don't...

Its a movie about a prostitute. Need I say more? Not suitable for children Unrealistic for teens Brain dead pap for adults Just say NO
Adult Written byTaraC 2 October 31, 2015

Mature, but really funny!

The main character is a prostitite, but if you are mature enough to handle that, it will be fine. I am thirteen and I thought it was a great movie and really funny! The main thing is not the character being a prostitute, it is how she matures throughout the movie and how their relationship grows
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex