YMMV / Pretty Woman

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Edward brushes off Barney at the end of the film, barely even noticing his presence. This suggests that despite how Edward feels about Vivian, Edward may not have changed in the long term.
  • Comically Small Demand: Even in 1990 dollars, $3000 seems like a ridiculously small sum for a solid week of prostitution—especially considering Vivian's going rate is normally $100 an hour (168 hours in a week x $100 = $16,800). Moreso considering how filthy rich Edward is and could've asked for more. The film does imply that Vivian's lying about her normal going rate and that inexperience makes her think she's asking for a big sum while Edward regards it as cheap change.
  • Critical Dissonance: A prime example; it has a borderline-rotten rating of 61% on Rotten Tomatoes, and is one of the biggest box office hits of all time.
  • Critic-Proof
  • Genius Bonus: The opera that Edward takes Vivian to is La Traviata, which is about a prostitute who falls in love with a rich man.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: George Costanza as a 1980s-style hard-hitting scumbag corporate raider? You jest, sir! Jason Alexander has actually said he's quite thankful that the role on Seinfeld came along or he'd probably be best remembered for this one.
  • Lowest Common Denominator
  • Moral Event Horizon: Phillip crosses this when he tries to rape Vivian.