Review No. 495
What an understated title!
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY PAUL BRICKMAN. PRODUCED BY JON AVNET AND STEVE TISCH. STARRING TOM CRUISE (JOEL GOODSON), REBECCA DE MORNAY (LANA), AND JOE PANTOLIANO (GUIDO). ALSO STARRING RICHARD MASUR, BRONSON PINCHOT, CURTIS ARMSTRONG, NICHOLAS PRYOR, JANET CARROLL, SHERA DANESE, RAPHAEL SBARGE, BRUCE A. YOUNG, AND FERN PERSONS. DISTRIBUTED BY WARNER BROS. PICTURES ON AUGUST 5, 1983. PRODUCED IN ENGLISH AND GERMAN BY THE UNITED STATES. RUNS 1 HOUR, 38 MINUTES. RATED R BY THE MPAA (ADULT HUMOR, ADULT SITUATIONS, NUDITY, PROFANITY, STRONG SEXUAL CONTENT).
RISKY BUSINESS WAS WATCHED ON JUNE 7, 2013.
“Joel, you wanna know something? Every now and then say, ‘What the f__k.’ ‘What the f__k’ gives you freedom. Freedom brings opportunity. Opportunity makes your future.” –Miles (Curtis Armstrong)
Risky Business is a film that brings out everything you’d think of when you think “teen comedy from the 1980s.” It focuses on Joel Goodson (Tom Cruise), a high school loser who, somehow, becomes the cool kid by the end. He does this by means of breaking every rule in the book. His parents leave him at home for a week. They say they trust him, but as Joel says, “if there were any logic to our language, trust would be a four letter word.” And what does trust mean when the week brings him into a world of sex, drugs, partying, and the hindered safekeeping of a glass egg his mother treasures?
The movie is a full-blown cliché, but it represents one word. Hint: it starts with an “f,” ends with an “n,” has a “u” in the middle, and clearly, Tom Cruise is having a lot of it here. What makes the movie so much fun is that even a title as dangerous as Risky Business is a savage understatement. This movie deals in areas that seem, on one hand, completely rational and, on the other, bizarre and out-of-line. It gets better as the film progresses. Joel starts the party off with Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll,” the first and most iconic moment in a highly memorable soundtrack. It feels like only moments before he’s wrecked his dad’s Porsche, and cleared his bank account of several bonds to pay for a prostitute.
Risky Business is a worthwhile flick, entertaining because of the obsessively caricatured comedy it is. Yes, the characters are barely two-dimensional, so no, there isn’t exactly much we can do to commiserate with their piss-poor situations. But if there’s one thing that makes the movie the most fun, it’s the characters themselves. You just can’t look at Tom Cruise with the cigarette and the Ray-Ban Wayfarer shades, and suppress a smile.
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