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Unlike today's teen movies, "Risky Business" is not preoccupied with sophomoric humor and gratuitous foul language. It's too smart a screenplay for that. Instead, it focuses on the humor of a good boy gone temporarily bad, and how one small act of rebellion changes everything. At times, the film tries to be artsy with its gimmicky camera shots, direction, and editing, thus dating the film more than the costumes and screenplay do, but overall it succeeds. The music is great, particularly for those who remember the times.
Dust off your memories and revisit this fun flick. If you've never seen it, you should, if for no other reason than for seeing why Tom Cruise and Rebecca de Mornay rocketed to fame following its release.
This is not only a very funny film, but it is also very insightful and subversive about the get-ahead-quick, materialistic mentality that lies behind the kind of uber-businessmen that began coming up in the 80s and have enriched all of our lives so much with shenanigans such as the Enron debacle. Cruise's character goes from an innocent kid who believes that the key to success is hard work and preparation to one who realizes that a clever opportunist with a smooth line of BS is the one who will really come out at the head of the pack.
Excellent work from the supporting cast as well as writer/director Paul Brickman.
Tom Cruise plays Joel Goodson, a high-school kid who is just that - a good son. He's responsible, careful, and trusted. But when his parents leave town for the week, Joel decides to loosen up - but after he nervously invites call girl Lana (Rebecca De Mornay) into his house, everyone goes horridly wrong. With only a few days left to go, Joel must raise his grades, make $8,000, get back stolen furniture, and escape from the clutches of Guino (Joe Pontoliano), the killer pimp. Work is hell. And Joel knows it.
This movie is great. It wildly exceeded by expectations, and is much better than it's said to be. Cruise is great - the fact that RISKY BUSINESS is Cruise's first major film is enough to make it worth the watch, anyway; De Mornay is also very good. Paul Brickman's direction has a sort of artistic feeling to it (he also scripted); he has a unique way of creating a film that's funny, erotic, and occasionally suspenseful.
Another wonderful aspect of the film is its terrific soundtrack. It features rockin' songs from such popular artists as The Police, Bob Seger, Talking Heads, Muddy Waters, Phil Collins, and Prince. It also features new music by the hit-making band Tangerine Dream, whose techno, futuristic-sounding score gives the movie an occasionally nightmarish, occasionally unpleasant mood to it - and, of course, the film is about every teenager's nightmares come true.
All in all, RISKY BUSINESS is essential viewing from the 1980's, and it works just as well now as it did then. Tom Cruise's first hit, a terrific soundtrack, and a cult classic - this is RISKY BUSINESS.
Most recent customer reviews
Bon petit film qui n’a pas pris trop de rides. Cruise crève l’écran et De Mornay crève les yeux. Bande son et image au top.Published 18 days ago by Bernard Lachance
What I expected, this movie brings back memories, the quality of the movie was great. No regrets making this purchase.Published 16 months ago by Joseph Gavin Briggs
Enjoyed the movie and your service was excellent as always. .The quality of the movie was very good and I really don.t have any more to comment on.Published on May 16 2013 by Diane Giesbrecht
The young Tom Cruise's dancing in his underwear is a classic scene. Soundtrack is excellent. The two leads interact well together. Lots of fun.Published on April 2 2013 by Sandra A. Florence
just wanna to say i was very happy wirth the movie it no scraches look like it was brand new and this one of my fave tom cruise classics beside easymoney and i just wanna to sat... Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2011 by Loggiebear
this is my favorite movie of all time and can't stop watching it. even though i was only 2 when the movie was made... Read morePublished on Dec 2 2006 by Washinton Mutual