I recently rewatched Pretty Woman, just because it was on TV and I realized I'd only seen it the one time years ago, and I realized what an awfully strange and somewhat disturbing movie it is. Don't get me wrong, it's charming as hell, but once you get old enough to fully understand the background of the plot and characters it becomes significantly less romantic.

That being said this year marks the film's 25th anniversary, and The Slice put together a cultural history of Pretty Woman that takes you in depth through the ins and outs of this surprising rom-com classic. It talks about the style, societal reflections, and unexpected longevity as a cultural benchmark in Julia Roberts and Richard Gere's careers. Everyone knows one person whose favorite movie is Pretty Woman, and this article was made for them.