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Plot: A suburban Chicago teenager's parents leave on vacation, and he cuts loose. An unauthorised trip in his father's Porsche means a sudden need for lots of money, which he raises in a creative way. Runtime: 98 mins Release Date: 04 Aug 1983
Your parents are going out of town for a week. You are graduating from high school and haven't even been laid. Your friends have a future that is secure, but you seem to be going nowhere fast. Maybe, just maybe, while your parents are gone this weekend, you should say, "What the F*ck???" sic, quote from movie and live a little bit more ....This is a brilliant movie, about life's choices, about living a little, taking chances, with a very positive message for people willing to risk living "outside the box". Starring a 17-year old kid who's been thoroughly <more>
screwed up by his overly strict parents ....A lot of people miss the point of this movie. Joel takes chances, and pays DEARLY and REPEATEDLY for the chances he takes. He goes at least $1000 in the hole over the course of this movie, but ends up ahead in life because HIS FAMILY had clearly screwed up his brain and having a GIRLFRIEND and TRYING SOMETHING NEW has put him on the road to recovery.A few puritans gave this movie a 5 because they mistakenly think it has something to say about prostitution or making money. Nothing could be further from the truth, and the prostitutes in this movie are the most unbelievable and unpredictable characters, and Joel ends up roughly $1000 in the hole. A few others give it a 5 because the music is by New Age band Tangerine dream, and New Age is still not a very popular media. I give the movie a 10 for message, a 10 for cruise's facial acting and dancing , and a 10 for irony and twists and surprises, over and over and over again.The love scenes between Cruise and De Mornay are IMHO, as good as anything that's been in movies for the past 20 years, while still being somewhere between PG13 and R rated, e.g. pretty tame.
Risky Business is one of the best films of the 80's... Period. (by CitizenAck)
I just wanted to chime in on what I believe is an underrated masterpiece of The Eighties... recently "homaged" by the less-than-stellar "Girl Next Door." Tom Cruise as yup-and-comer Joel Goodson in Paul Brickman's finest film, turns in a star-making performance as he meanders through the trials and tribulations of puberty, desires for success as an adult, and an ever-changing notion of what it is to be faithful to one's own ideals as they are assaulted by the system we call "Capitalism." Whew! Did ya get all that? Risky Business tells the story of <more>
do-gooder Joel hence the last name 'Goodson', get it? and how he spends time alone in his parents home while they are away on vacation. Without spoiling the film god forbid , it's alright to say that Joel becomes a capitalist of his own after losing his virginity to prostitute Rebecca DeMornay a time capsule installment for this beauty! and opens a brothel in his home...The antagonist, played by Jimmy "The Pants" Pantoliano, provides great antagonism as Guido, "the killer pimp." I don't want to say what the outcome of the film is, but Joel, pushed and pulled by his parents, his best friend, Guido, a Princeton College scout and others, is you, me and all of us males in between at the precious and precocious age of 16. It's a magic gem of a film with a lot on it's mind, most of it fully realized by Brickman, who should step up to bat more often... Where are you Paul Brickman? where's your next film?? Rent This Film!
What the [email protected]#$, was exactly what I said when I saw this for the first time on cable cinemax in 1984. I was in the 8th grade and completely disconnected from the suburban life style. In 1984 I was rockin the sounds of RUN DMC, wearing kangols,British walkers,shell toe addidas and sharpening my skillz on the mic in the bathroom mirror. But this flick was cool all the way through. A teenager's dream of sex and $$$. But only in Hollywood can one live out this fantasy. 10/10 easy.
"I deal in human fulfillment." (by TOMASBBloodhound)
Risky Business is a film people unfortunately seem to forget about when they're listing off great teen movies. Tom Cruise, in his first major role, is wonderful as Joel Goodson. He's a boy-next-door type whose life spirals wildly out of control when his parents leave him alone for a few days. Joel is a decent student looking to spend his time wisely during his senior year of high school and hopefully get into a good college. He finds out the hard way that a few bad decisions can lead to all kinds of problems and possibly ruin your future at that age. The film has the intelligence of a <more>
John Hughes film combined with the sexual content of a Porky's film. Risky Business is the best of both worlds, if you look at it that way.Tom Cruise's Joel Goodson seems to have a lot going for him. He is the only child living in a nice house in suburban Chicago with his loving parents. You get the sense that he's never been left alone for any extended period of time the way they fawn over him before they leave. After leaving him a decent wad of money and a few instructions about what to do and what not to do around the house, his parents split, and Joel is left all alone. Things go downhill fairly quickly. His best friend that scene stealing Curtis Armstrong orders him a prostitute that will show up right at his front door. Needless to say, the person who shows up is not what Joel is looking for. In a fit of sexual frustration, Joels orders the services of the gorgeous, but high-priced Rebecca De Mornay. After a wild night of sex, she informs him he owes her $300. That is substantially more money than his parents left him. Before his dilemma is solved, Joel crashes his father's Porshe in Lake Michigan, gets suspended from school, has a crazed pimp on his tail, and winds up turning his home into a brothel for one night to pay for all the damages he's caused.This plot could have been crafted into an awful movie. Director Paul Brickman knows what he's doing, though. He gives each of his main characters enough dimension that we as the audience actually care what happens to them. We feel Joel's agony as his future seems in doubt during the film's final half hour. Rebecca De Morany is given considerably more depth that you'd think, but we are never allowed to get close enough to truly trust her. Joe Pantoliano is terrific as her pimp, also.Is this film believable? Heavens no. It's plays more like a young man's sexual fantasy run amok. The first scene of the movie mirrors this theme. We see Joel dreaming about having sex with a hot young woman in the shower, then finding himself three hours late for his college entrance exam. We walk such a fine line between pleasure and big trouble at that age.....9 of 10 stars The Hound.
Vastly underrated Sign 'o' the Times (by promptus)
Underrated I : Cruise Joel Goodson is highly amusing as one of his most feared "career moves" might become harsh reality: University of Illinois - here he is! Excellent movie providing an accurate, contemporary image of the eighties. Well to do family all shook up by low class intruders of various kinds. Underrated II : the importance of the exhilarating music for this movie, providing a perfect match - between dreamy Techno Tangerine Dream and "that old time rock 'n roll" Seger, The Police, Phil Collins, Muddy Waters, Bruce Springsteen . The relationship with <more>
De Mornay is amazingly vibrant - the dialogue sharp and cheerful. Everlasting oneliners everywhere. The impression this movie made here in Europe is that what American highschool life is really about? can hardly be overrated.
I bought this little DVD a while ago. I knew nothing about the movie so I bought it just randomly mainly because of the cover. I have to say that I really liked this one here! First of all I like movies from the eighties and Risky Business is what it's all about man. Tom Cruise is playing a young man who isn't sure about himself and he is trying to find his place in this big world. He figures out that sometimes you just have to say 'bring it on' and stop worrying and start really living a real life. This movie captures quite well how it's like to be a teenager.The music in <more>
this film knocked me out! I mean man from the opening line it's just gets better and better. The keyboard theme in the background makes the atmosphere to this fine film. Plus it has a Phil Collins song 'in the air tonight' beautiful song if I might add. And last but not least Bruce Springsteen's 'Hungry Heart' it really fits to the themes of this movie which are cars, girls, money and getting wasted. Nine stars from me. Thanks for reading!
A Stylish and Intelligent Comedy that redefined the teen angst comedy and created a new movie star (by Isaac5855)
RISKY BUSINESS is the smart and sexy 1983 teen comedy that brought intelligence to the genre and made a bonafide movie star out of Tom Cruise. Cruise is utterly winning as Joel Goodson, a high school senior excited about the prospect of having the house to himself when his parents go out of town for a few days; but things go from bad to worse when Joel crosses paths with a nubile prostitute Rebecca DeMornay . This surprise hit brought an element of sophistication that was absent from a lot of the teen comedies that were populating the screen in the 1980's. This movie boasts a smart <more>
screenplay, imaginative direction, a memorable musical score, and on-target performances from Cruise, DeMornay, Curtis Armstrong, Joe Pantoliano memorable as a slimy pimp , Bronson Pinchot, and Janet Carroll. Tom's sexy underwear dance to "Old Time Rock and Roll" has become Hollywood folklore. An instant classic upon release that still holds up over 20 years later.
Great Movie - set the standard for this genre (by lawoptions)
First, with respect to continuity, I just watched the movie with my teen-aged daughter and the plates on the Porsche on the way home from the garage is clearly Illinois and NOT New Jersey. In any event, my daughter and her friend were watching "The Girl Next Door" and I spent the whole movie thinking that this was very derivative and my daughter and her friend had never even heard of "Risky Business," so we watched it. My daughter really liked the movie and agreed that her movie was a pale imitation though it was cute . I think a lot of teen movies are now just trying <more>
to shock as opposed to telling an interesting and intricate story. This movie made Tom Cruise with whom I very annoyed given his treatment of Nicole and his display on the Today Show - medication can help a chemical imbalance , but the movie is a classic. I loved it when I first saw it as a young adult 25 and I still think it is one of the best teen movies ever made.
Tom Cruise stars in this 80's teen flick that was popular for its time and still has a good message to this very day. Tom playing the innocent Joel Goodson, a kid that is on his way to making it big and getting into a good college until he meets up with the call girl Lana Rebecca De Mornay . This movie just goes to show you how certain decisions can have different impacts on how the overall picture turns out, and Joel sees and realizes just that. The show was cast perfectly and the music adds to spice the movie up. This is a Warner Bros. classic and I think anyone in their right mind <more>