The Film Pretty Woman: A Sociological Perspective
This paper reviews the popular movie “Pretty Woman” and relates the movie to sociology concepts, such as social influence, social norms and stereotypes.
The paper states that the two main male (Edward) and female (Vivian) characters come from different cultures; but, as people are not that different, they simply react to social norms differently. The author feels that the entire movie’s concept is built around the dilemma of coupling someone who is used to conforming to the norms of polite society with someone who is totally clueless when it comes to these norms. The paper presents examples from the film that demonstrate the sociological principles.
Julia Roberts’ character in Pretty Woman, Vivian, the prostitute, strongly exhibits individualization. She is her own person, acting as she pleases, without worrying about what society thinks of her. Societal norms don’t affect her. Edward, Richard Gere’s character, however, is different. He is a rich man who has been brought up in the aristocracy and has learned societal norms. He adheres to these norms strongly. He is embarrassed by others around him who do not conform to the norms of polite society.