My Favorite Movies - "P" is for The Princess Bride & Pretty Woman

"As you wish."

I can't decide which quote is my favorite in this movie. They're all classic, just like the story.

I've loved this movie since it first came out. The cast is amazing - Billy Crystal and Carol Kane are hysterical. "I'm not a witch, I'm your wife!" The story is so fanciful, perfectly full of romance and adventure...and a little revenge. I love that a grandfather is reading this story to his grandson while the grandson is home sick in bed. Grandfather is played by Peter Falk and the sick boy is none other than a young Fred Savage - who, I might add, is not pleased to be hearing this story!

The love story between Buttercup and Westley is tragically sweet. Westley goes away, she thinks he dies, she's forced to marry the Prince only to find out that Westley is alive. Then Westley has to fight to get her back and comes close to losing his life several times in the process. And they pick up some pretty interesting allies along the way. "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

"This is true love. You think this happens every day?"

I have a second favorite "P" movie: Pretty Woman - another favorite since its release. My cousin and I watch this every time we see each other. We make bean dip, grab some adult beverages and turn it on. We know all the lines and it still makes us tear up, 26 years later.

"I want the fairy tale."

Don't we all? The adult version of Cinderella, a little twisted, but definitely a heart-warmer. Vivian learns to trust again, as does Edward - and his heart thaws. I always wanted a sequel to Pretty Woman because I was always curious to see what the next chapter of their life was like. The obstacles that they had to overcome and whether Vivian really did go back to school.

When they came out with the anniversary edition of Pretty Woman, they included some deleted scenes - they put them back in to the movie. I remember watching it for the first time and wondering what in the world was going on - and then understanding more of the story. Those scenes, in my opinion, were essential and why they'd ever been cut in the first place was puzzling. I thought it showed Edward in a better, different, more protective light and it showed his heart thawing and getting bigger...and it showed us how Vivian was able to see him in a new light and trust him.

Kit, Vivian's friend is hilarious, the ditzy, always there for you friend. I loved Mr. Thompson, or Barney, as the manager of the hotel. His father-like attention for Vivian gave her the confidence to be what Edward needed that week. Jason Alexander as Philip Stuckey (Edward's lawyer) was perfectly smarmy and nasty.

I can't imagine you haven't seen this movie - but if you haven't - it's another must-see! Julia Roberts and Richard Gere are fabulous!

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