Julia Roberts is one of my all time favourite actresses. To me, she is like this generation’s Audrey Hepburn. As a teenager, my dad and I would have a movie night every Saturday. Just him and me curled up on the couch. We’d go to the DVD shop and each pick a movie. Inevitably one of us would pick an old movie from the 50s or 60s and the other would pick a Julia Roberts film. So, here’s a round up of my (and Dad’s) favourite Julia Roberts movies:
Pretty Woman: The first Julia Roberts film I ever saw. At the time I wasn’t quite sure what a prostitute was (I was about 11 or 12) but I knew enough that it wasn’t something good. But Julia made it look kind of fun to be whisked away by a rich business man. Definitely a Cinderella story – except Cinderella was damn spunky and didn’t really want to be rescued.
Notting Hill: I saw this film in the Cinema with my then boyfriend who thought this was not going to be a movie for watching but rather for fooling around in the darkened theatre. He was highly disappointed. For the whole film I was enrapture, not by my boyfriend’s not so subtle seduction techniques, but by the chemistry between Julia and Hugh Grant. It was also the film in which I developed a bit of a crush on good old Hugh. Plus it has the most romantic line: “I’m just a girl standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.”
Erin Brockovich:Ah, Erin Brockovich. I love, love, loved Julia in this role. She kicked ass. She was spunky in the same way she was in Pretty Woman and what added to it as that this was a true, inspirational story.
Best quote ever:
Kurt Potter: Wha... how did you do this? Erin Brockovich: Well, um, seeing as how I have no brains or legal expertise, and Ed here was losing all faith in the system, am I right? Ed Masry: Oh, yeah, completely. No faith, no faith... Erin Brockovich: I just went out there and performed sexual favors. Six hundred and thirty-four blow jobs in five days... Im really quite tired.