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Parents' Guide to

Pretty Woman

By Ellie Woodward, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Cinderella meets the Sunset Strip.

Movie R 1990 125 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 15+

There are positive messages!

I believe that the ages depend on the maturity of the teen. This is a classic!! My kids (15 and 16) absolutely loved it. I think it is misleading that it says there are no great messages, there are! The whole movie is about Vivian discovering her self-worth, she discovers that she is worth more than what she thought she was. It also represents Edward being a gentleman and it shows trust in the relationship. Edward did not judge Vivian for what her occupation was because he knew that she had more to offer as a human being.
age 11+

A good rom-com that you can watch with your child age 11+

I absolutely love a rom-com films and I think this is the exact definition of one! There are some sex scenes in the film, although in my opinion I think they are quite mild. The film also involves prostitution, although I actually think that the film is quite moving as it shows the struggles of some people's lives.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (16 ):

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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