Pretty Woman is an American romantic comedy produced in 1990 by Touchstone Pictures. In the film, Vivian Ward, one of the central characters, works as a prostitute in Los Angeles, California. Edward Lewis, a rich, businessman hires Vivian as an escort for a weeklong period, to serve as his date to various functions and events. And over the course of the week, a relationship between the two matures. Seeing that it focuses on the way in which a well-to-do, handsome man saves and transforms a pitiable prostitute into a beautiful woman with class and style, the movie is considered a modern day Cinderella story. Although the film has all of the elements to be considered a wonderful love story, several issues can be identified and critiqued, particularly those dealing with the portrayal of gender and sexual scripts.
Gender is defined as the state of being male or female. Gender consists of the assortment of mental traits that differ between the sexes; thus, gender scripts are the behavior expectations given to males and females. The characters in the movies either feed into or go against gender scripts. Case in point, Edward is a wealthy businessman, and for that reason, his character feeds into the gender script of men being breadwinners and guiders in patriarchal societies. For instance, Edward is displayed as a savior, a hero of some sort, due to the fact that he takes Vivian off the streets, hires her, and transforms her into a well-rounded, respectable woman. Edward is also