Julia Roberts' Pretty Woman Joke in Mother's Day and 5 More Inside Jokes in Movies We Love

Oscar winner's new comedy ensemble hits theaters today

By Marc Malkin Apr 29, 2016 10:46 PMTags

Julia Roberts will always be our Pretty Woman.

And director Garry Marshall made sure to remind of this with his latest comedy ensemble Mother's Day (in theaters today).

In the film, Roberts plays a Home Shopping Network mogul who reunites with the daughter she gave up for adoption about 30 years ago.

And only E! News has a look at the movie's nod to Pretty Woman. In the scene, Roberts is eating dinner by herself in a train station restaurant. After her agent, played by Hector Elizondo, stops by for a chat, he looks down at the table and says to Roberts, "You're right, you're right. That is the salad fork."

The camera then zooms in on Roberts flashing her iconic smile.

For those who don't remember, one of Pretty Woman's most famous scenes shows Elizondo teaching Vivian (Roberts) about dinner table fork etiquette.

With this in mind, we're giving you five more of our favorite inside jokes in movies...

Movie Posters

Deadpool: Ryan Reynolds not only jokes about his infamous turn as the Green Lantern in Deadpool, but one action scene even zeros in on his heartthrob status. Among the junk flying around in a car that is flipping over is a copy of a 2010 People magazine that crowned Reynolds as that year's Sexist Man Alive.


Zootopia: The animated flick's many nods to fellow Disney hit Frozen included two baby elephants dressed like Anna and Elsa. Too cute!

Ocean's Thirteen: While Rusty (Brad Pitt) and Danny (George Clooney) are chatting in an airport, Rusty tells Danny not to gain so much weight in between jobs, an obvious wink to Clooney packing on the pounds two years earlier for Syriana. Danny in turn suggests that Rusty "settle down and have a couple of kids." Sounds exactly what Pitt had been doing at the time with Angelina Jolie.

Paramount Pictures

Iron Man: If you blinked, you definitely missed this one. As Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) is trying to steal info from Jeff Bridge's character, some paperwork flashes on the screen that not only lists the name of a vessel as "Lebowski," but it also includes its origin port as "Long Beach." The Big Lebowski, anyone?

Columbia Pictures

Panic Room: Nicole Kidman was in David Fincher's 2002 thriller starring Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart? Sorta. Kidman was originally signed on to play Foster's role but had to drop out because of a knee injury. Fincher, in turn, asked Kidman to provide her voice as Foster's ex-husband's girlfriend who answers the phone when Foster calls him for help.

What are some of your favorite inside jokes in movies? Let us know in the comments below.

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