I love nothing more than to curl up in front of my television and watch a movie or two on nights when Daddy’s out of town. I usually try to stay on top of the latest Hollywood releases, but there are a few classic Sugar movies that I always come back to. Here are some of my favorites:
Whenever someone tries comparing Sugaring to prostitution, I direct the haters to Pretty Woman. This movie takes a modern twist on the classic Cinderella story: Vivian, a prostitute, meets Edward, a very wealthy businessman, and after a fun night together, Edward proposes that Vivian stay with him for the rest of the week. In exchange for her company, he provides a generous allowance—and much more. The film presents a very clear (non-judgmental) take on the realities of prostitution as well as a glimpse into the glamorous side of a successful arrangement. Obviously, the main character in Pretty Woman is not an example of Sugar Baby, however, there are elements of a SD/SB relationship where an allowance and gifts are provided in exchange for one’s company.
MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
Even though geishas originally thrived in the context of a different time and culture, this movie speaks to many different aspects of a Sugar Baby’s life. A film adaptation of the best-selling novel, Memoirs of a Geisha, follows Chiyo as she works to become a highly desirable geisha. I admire the incredible discipline it took Chiyo to become a geisha as well as the hard work she put into building a fantasy world for the older, wealthy businessmen she entertained. I cheer little Chiyo on as she tries to master dancing, music, the art of conversation, and finding her way in that delicate, complex world.
PRICELESS (HORS DE PRIX)
For those with a liking towards foreign films, I recommend the French film ‘Priceless’, or ‘Hors de Prix’, which tells the story of a young woman celebrating her birthday in Biarritz with her much older benefactor. After he falls asleep before they’re supposed to head out, the protagonist, Irene, decides to drink at the hotel bar to celebrate without him. She mistakes the bartender for a wealthy hotel guest who starts to fall for Irene. Will Irene keep up the hunt for a wealthy husband, or will she let herself fall for the bartender (who probably isn’t accustomed to the Sugar lifestyle)?
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S
Rounding out the list with a classic, ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’. Audrey Hepburn stars as Holly Golightly in this 1960s romantic comedy about a cafe society girl and the bond that develops with her neighbor, writer Paul Varjak. Although it’s not completely clear whether Holly is in fact a society girl or a call girl, her neighbor Paul certainly starts out the movie in an arrangement with an older, married woman.
The pair’s romps in New York City, combined with an unforgettable soundtrack, make this a wonderfully entertaining Sugar movie.
I had to spend some time in the Sugar Bowl before I could completely appreciate the underlying Sugar elements in these films.