Risky Business Reviews
September 24, 2014
So that's who Tom Cruise is..
September 19, 2014
Funny and touching, deals with sensitive adult themes and does it well.
September 14, 2014
There's a certain nostalgia you get from watching classic 80's movies likes this, even if you weren't born yet. A coming of age story accurately presents the consequences of living in the moment with a WTF mantra. Tangerine Dream's musical score provided the perfect 80's ambience, as well as the Porsche. This is the adult version of Ferris Bueller, and I like it!
November 17, 2013
Cruise launched his stardom with a good performance in this R-rated teen flick about one teen living alone with freedom until one unwanted action caused a chain reaction of events that some are fortunate and unfortunate. (B)
(Full review coming soon)
August 8, 2014
This was a much needed refresher. Not gonna do a full review, but great film.
March 5, 2010
(First and only viewing - 3/26/2010)
July 9, 2014
Finally, I have seen Tom Cruise in his undies! My life is complete!
July 2, 2014
Review In A Nutshell:
Risky Business is the tale of a young man, financially well-off and is above average in his studies, gets into a mess after his encounter with a call girl.
The first thing I want to say to the people reading this who have not seen the film is to not have any sort expectations that this film would be a comedy, once you get that idea out of your head then this film would actually be an enjoyable and, in a way, a thought provoking film about life experiences. Before seeing the film, I was sadly under the impression that I was going to watch a typical comedy from the 1980s and that its sole purpose is to excite my superficial nerves with stories about teen angst, rebellion, and crude humour; this was the reason why I wasn't satisfied with what was given to me during the film's first 20-30 minutes. It is when the film kicked into high gear during the protagonist's, Joel, second encounter with the call-girl, Lana; it was from then on when I realised that this film was more serious than I thought and to appreciate it, one must change their perspective of the film.
The film is essentially trying to tell its audience the importance of taking risks in life, and that choosing a safe path would get you to the destinations but the ride isn't all that satisfying. The film explores the two consequences in taking risks, and when things get rough, one must have the ability to fix it or else your future is chosen for you. It was so fascinating and at times hilarious, on how this young man's life has changed just because of a minor decision he made; there were even times where I felt regret for his actions as maybe the gratifying experience was just not worth all this stress, but I started to think about it after the film ended and I started to agree with what the film tried to deliver at the end about life experiences valued as priceless and it did shape the person you are right now. Some experiences should simply stay in the past and should only be cherished in retrospect, and at a point one has to let go of the stimulus that causes it, think of Joel's experience as a cigarettes or drugs, one is glad that they were able to experience it but when one gets too deep into it, it starts to destroy you slowly in time leading to a point of dependency; at this stage reversing your life would most likely be too late.
I was glad that the film was able to avoid hitting the typical plot points that plagues most of the films in the 1980's. The film kept me surprised and constantly thinking on how it would turn out and how the protagonist would react to a particular situation. The film captures the unpredictability in life quite well, with situations that maintain plausibility while still surprising us. The film at times may lose focus on the initial problem but it doesn't stray far enough for me to get upset about. I don't believe truly has a physical villain, I saw it as the negative consequences for his actions as the antagonist of the story; this way the film stays focused on its themes while still delivering moments that wouldn't have been as effective if the villain was a mortal figure.
Tom Cruise as the film's protagonist, at first felt too perfect in the role, but as the film progresses it started to make more sense and his performance became much more satisfying to watch. Cruise brought likability to the role, having us feel sympathetic to all of the horrible stuff that he has gotten himself into. One could easily feel that everything that happens is a sense of karma and avoid us feeling any sympathy, but with Paul Brickman's direction and Tom Cruise's accessible performance, the film was able to avoid this. Rebecca De Mornay as Lana was a wonderful choice in the role, she doesn't embody that perfect specimen that films use as the lead's love interest, but she definitely is something that young men could lust over, with her perfectly shaped body and that raw sexual presence she brings whenever she is in the room. Both Mornay and Cruise avoids in giving us the glances and magnetism that dampens the atmosphere, which is commonly found in films during the time of Risky Business' release; instead it gives us something rawer and gritty that almost removes all sense of romanticism.
There is definitely value in Risky Business, it reminds us of the consequences that come with our decisions and also that no matter what the experience was that came with the decision, and it should be cherished and used as a lesson in building one's future.
June 25, 2014
A comedia dramática produzido por Jon Avnet e Steve Tisch em 1983 foi um sucesso de publico e amplamente exaltado pela critica, com roteiro e direção de Paul Brickman. Risky Business é estrelado por Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay e um Porsche 928, a comedia agradou ao mundo, a min não, aliás a cena de maior sucesso onde o personagem Joel Goodson dança de cueca com um charuto na boca é deprimente e indigna de risos. Não passou pela minha cabeça sorrir em qualquer momento, o arco dramático é hipócrita e não desenvolve o tema proposta, fica sempre no quase e nunca jorra qualquer emoção agradável.
June 18, 2014
A great coming-of-age story with Tom Cruise giving one of his best performances. It's hard to believe, but Tom Cruise shows great range here.
June 10, 2014
It's well-acted, but this movie is slow-moving, unoriginal, strangely unfunny, and stars an extremely likable actor as an extremely unlikable lead character. Full review soon.
June 7, 2014
Over flowing with dramatic emotions, instead of making it just another teen comedy, transformes it into a true 80's classic.
June 6, 2014
Such a great movie. Tom Cruise is incredible. the story is great, and it's written so well. There are a lot of near perfect moments like the car falling into the lake and the college interview, and it makes this such a fun movie.
June 5, 2014
Forgot how great this film was!! Smart and funny with a great soundtrack!
May 7, 2014
Tom Cruise's turn as the high school senior who pounces at his first chance of freedom from his parents is very likeable. The film itself does a great job of bringing important and often controversial issue to the surface without pushing it down the audiences throat. At times the realism of this black comedy slips, but this does no denigrate the film far enough to carry any real significance.
Rebecca De Mornay works well in her role as a call girl, however without the rapport that her and 'Joel' (Tom Cruise's character) whip up, her performance may have faltered. All in all, a great 80s film that demonstrates clearly that Tom Cruise was headed for stardom.
|Victor Hugo S.||
August 11, 2012
The best Tom Cruise movie ever.
April 27, 2012
The graduate in the 60s, Risky business in the 80s and The girl next door in the 2000s. Its revealing to see essentially the same movie being made in different decades. Definitely shows progress, from appallingly/ weirdly unfunny; to passable; to quite good.
March 22, 2014
Never before has teenage eagerness and melancholy been personified as perfectly as it has been in Paul Brickman's wildly original, hilariously intriguing Risky Business. The true rite of passage between childhood and adult hood occurs in the phase when a high school student is pursuing college, a future, a situation where the films lead character Joel Goodson finds himself in. Maintaining order is the name of the game for Joel to insure his own future success, until one of Joel's friends puts the special idea in his head to just say, "What the fuck", every once in a while. It is a seemingly simple phrase that holds freedom and opportunity with it, while simultaneously destroying order. The message of letting go your inhibitions to live your life the way you want to is an important one for all young men and women looking to pass through their own rite. The fact that a Tom Cruise 80's film is more than the sum of its part is an impressive accomplishment, certainly elevating the quality of the film. Brickman brings an unmistakable style in his directing style, with impressive editing, blocking and lighting to accompany each of his scenes. For what is essentially a teenage self-discovery film, great directing is not a necessity that is required to be filled, yet Brickman acknowledges the importance of making a film visually compelling, certainly tallying the quality of the film. Risky Business being an 80's movie guarantees one thing, a fantastic soundtrack, which of course the film hits out of the park. Cruises famous undergarments dancing scene is perfectly personified thanks to, "Old Time Rock and Roll", among many other eccentric songs, overall a fantastic soundtrack. One of the best parts of the film is undoubtedly the great screenplay by director Paul Brickman. The dialogue between characters is absurdly entertaining to witness perfectly emancipating how teenagers really converse. The films story is well structured, containing perfect pacing thanks to the admirable running time and overall great writing from Brickman. Finally, the acting is through the roof because of the actor's wonderful charisma. The best part of the film is the astonishingly awesome Tom Cruise who brings it all, great comedic timing, charisma and dramatic acting. The other actors are endearingly charming yet don't carry the same gravitas as Cruise. Risky Business is the definitive 80's movie, while it may not contain an artsy filmmaking required for it to become a staple in film history, What the fuck, the films is still a truly awesome experience that will always hold a special place in this man's heart.
March 22, 2014
A classic!This movie is a tale of a boy destined for great things : Tom Cruise.Sexy, smart, funny , as good as it gets.
April 12, 2007
I eventually want to see this.