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½ June 15, 2017
When people are talking about films that made the 80s, they usually bring up this one. This film is truely one of the gems from the 80s. This film is about what films from the 80s were about, a teen's crazy adventure. The film is about Joel, Joel meets a beautiful call girl and falls for her. After Joel accidentally rolls his dad's porsche into a lake, Joel and his new lady friend choose to make a one night Brothel to get the money back. This film feels so 80s. The cast did a great job portraying their characters. Tom Cruise stole the show as Joel, the teen looking for love and some quick money. The film was never boring, the runtime was a good amount. The soundtrack had some excellent songs, songs from people like Hall and Oates and Phil Collins. The film was a very fun film. Overall, a fun gem from the 90's that had a great cast, a crazy premise, and an awesome soundtrack.

Rating: 9.1/10
June 8, 2017
One of Tommy's earliest and still one of his best. First starring role after showcasing his talent as support in The Outsiders and Taps. He shows budding star power hear giving us just a glimpse of wattage he will one day yield. Rebecca De is at her best here as well. Showing a vulnerability that is equal to her toughness as well as displaying that she is as much brains and she is beauty. And she is one hell of a beautiful woman. Supporting cast is fantastic as well, but it's these two whom shine far above the rest. Funny, dark and smart are the three best words to describe this 80s, no... Film Classic.
April 7, 2017
Hard to find the weaknesses.
April 3, 2017
Spectacular movie about a teenage boy who really wants to have a good time while his parents are away but realizes that it may ruin his entire future. The quintessential 80's movie. You can't get any better movie. One of my all time favorites. Back when Tom Cruise was actually making good movies.
½ March 2, 2017
Sometimes you just gotta say, "what the fuck!!"
½ March 1, 2017
Tom Cruise is a great lead but the premise is slightly bizarre and results in zero consequences.
February 3, 2017
Was a complete surprise and very enjoyable. The story is one of those tales that bring you back to your teenage years. Definitely a classic. 5:5
January 8, 2017
I do not see how this movie can be good. There was not much of plot and not much acting. It was not as funny and not as entertaining.
December 14, 2016
This movie is a perfect movie for what it is going for. The screenplay amd direction is astonishing. Alot of cliches and movies have tried to replicate this one and none of them are as good. The performances are really fresh and new. This movie has a feel and tone from it which steps it up a notch from other coming of age movies. A must watch. Oh and I almost forgot. The SOUNDTRACK is fabulous. It just resonated with me as I am also a teenager.
December 11, 2016
One of my favorite films because of not only how genuinely hilarious it is, but how smart it is when Joel questions capitalism. Do you want to help people or do you just want to make money?! That is the question going through Joel's head.
½ November 14, 2016
Tom Cruise is up to no good and gets into plenty of mischief. He also famously dances in his underwear. To me it was just another teen movie that feels like any other I've seen. It's overrated. (First and only full viewing - 3/26/2010)
½ November 14, 2016
i dont like it!
very very ordinary movie
November 6, 2016
The underwear dancing was the best part of the movie. Everything after the first five minutes was meh to horrible.
Super Reviewer
October 23, 2016
This is the movie that is arguably ranked as Tom Cruise's best. It mixes coming of ae with the dark overtones of adulthood and responsibility, with a great soundtrack.
October 5, 2016
What was up with Tom Cruse in the 80's acting in movies that feel like a bunch of episodes thrown together to make a movie? Anyways that doesn't affect this movie that much. A nice lil teen flick to watch. I just wished it started the main plot quickly and had a better resolve. All in all it's ok.
September 27, 2016
As much titillation as drama, this unusual coming of age film could just as well have starred John Travolta a few years earlier. With de Mornay in... top form as she schools the future top gun.
September 8, 2016
Text book eighties coming of age flick, with a career defining performance from Tom Cruise. The Tangerine Dream soundtrack really adds a touch of class.
½ August 23, 2016
Though there are more coming-of-age movies that feature an out-of-control house party (that eventually has to frantically be cleaned up before the frazzled host's parents come back home from whatever trip or ritzy dinner party they're devoting their time to) than I can count on my two hands, I'll never stop sympathizing with a harried protagonist until my young years are over and I've become one of the stereotypical parents myself. Because the fantasy of doing bad and getting away with it is a delicious prospect, even if the person thinking up the fantasy (such as myself) is too blah to actually go through with the deed. In the confines of a world that mostly circles around trying to get into a good college by the end of the school year, trying to somehow get laid, and/or trying to impermanently get a taste of adulthood, there's something alluring about the potentiality of going against the grain of expectation for a few hours without penalty.
1983's "Risky Business," certainly one of the best movies about teenagers ever made, is a film that consists only of the doing bad and getting away with it abstraction. By its end, its hero (played by a winsome Tom Cruise in his first major leading role) has sunk his father's $40,000 Porsche into the depths of Lake Michigan, gotten stoned, lost his virginity to a call girl (a terrific Rebecca De Mornay), destroyed his GPA after missing a couple of midterms, gotten suspended for a week, thrown a legendary party for all his classmates, and has effectively turned his house into a brothel for a night. And yet he still gets into Princeton, maintains his affable boy next door reputation, and remains a trustworthy child in the eyes of his clueless parents.
"Risky Business" is all adolescent conceit, sure, but that's what makes it so much fun - it's an accumulation of a teenage boy's wildest dreams, and is delivered snappily and self-assuredly. Written and directed by Paul Brickman, and produced on a respectable budget of about $6 million, it's objective and it's conversationally accurate - gifted with an ear John Hughes would kill for and a pen that drips with comedic inspiration, not a moment rings false, which is impressive (considering that the entire film is inarguably implausible).
Its teenagers are not beefcakes nor bombshells in their twenties but teenagers (still played by people in their twenties), teenagers that are riddled with bad hairdos, dashes of acne, clothes that emphasize their wanting to look older, and body language that tries to suggest that they've seen it all and know it all but are, in fact, terrified of what the future might hold. Cruise's Joel is an embodiment of these insecurities - he has plenty of things going for him, but that doesn't stop him from wanting to temporarily escape his predictable, pressured existence.
In "Risky Business," his golden opportunity for, ahem, risky business, comes in the form of his parents' (Nicholas Pryor and Janet Carroll) going away for a week for a romantic vacation. He'd be more disposed to absorbing the pleasant uneventfulness if his friends didn't make the idea of in-house rebellion sound so glamorous. His first night is decidedly unexciting; he has a frozen meal for dinner (that he doesn't realize has to be heat up), takes advantage of the home's liquor cabinet, and memorably dances to "Old Time Rock and Roll" in a pink nightshirt Olivia Newton-John might have worn before she went bad in "Grease."
But his short-lived freedom only gives him more incentive to push the envelope as far as he can. Before long, people are coming over as a hook up hotspot, and, most daringly, Joel calls over De Mornay's prostitute Lana (whom he finds in a newspaper ad) for a night of passion (that develops into something more). But when his bravery jumps to a point in which the aforementioned undertakings almost seem inevitable, then things really start heating up, testing Joel's stature all the while exemplifying his prospective future as an entrepreneur.
Never tested, though, is Cruise's unflagging star power. As we've grown accustomed to his unpredictable (and sometimes head-scratching) star persona throughout his thirty-five years of notoriety, "Risky Business," which complements his special sort of talent adeptly, is a movie as charismatic as the modern day cinematic icon it made. Cruise is immaculately cast as Joel; while he seems as naive and centrally innocent as any high school senior, the second he flashes that Tom Cruise smile, ear to ear and disarmingly all-American, an inexperienced penchant makes way for a scheming, almost adult aura. Joel's as likable as he is unmistakably flawed - he's a movie teenager that has the thoughts and feelings of an actual teenager - and Cruise, so ragtag appealing and so interestingly smarmy, brings pathos to an already exceptional role. (And his widely imitated dancing to Bob Segar's 1979 single is really something else.)
But most thrilling about "Risky Business" is that it doesn't bear the lightweight, materialistic charms of a teen movie going through the motions. Here is a sex comedy that portrays sex as something vulnerable instead of untouchably scary, that finds its comedy in humorous misfortune, discovery, and interaction, never to imitate laborious situational comedy heat. It's a coming-of-age story that juxtaposes heavenly fantasy and frightening reality and ends up with something touching and smart; it's among the greatest of its kind.
August 9, 2016
Risky Business captures the teen angst of the 80's in a funny and sexy coming-of-age story that boasts a gracious turn from star Tom Cruise.
½ August 8, 2016
Exceptional teen movie, marvelously shot and good scripted with everything that a good teen movie needs to acquire to be a teen classic.
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