Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 1994. Paramount Pictures, The Kennedy/Marshall Company. Screenplay by John Mattson. Cinematography by David Watkin. Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall. Music by Michael Convertino. Production Design by Paul Sylbert. Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge. Film Editing by Jacqueline Cambas.
A little boy feels his widowed dad (Ed Harris) needs a wife fast if he is ever to be happy again, iinnocently decides to pool together his few savings, along with whatever he can get from his friends, and go to the city looking for a prostitute to bring home for his father to marry. The lady (Melanie Griffith) he manages to get in touch with is a sweet hooker with a heart of gold who, after the initial embarrassment, really does manage to capture Harris’s heart. The Pretty Woman-ish setup of this strangely weird combination of elements is painful to anticipate, but Griffith always plays her roles with such genuine warmth that she manages to put it over well enough for even the most cynical viewer. Still, it’s no Something Wild or Working Girl.