Risky Business (1983)
Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, Bronson Pinchot, Curtis Armstrong, Nicholas Pryor, Janet Carroll
Directed By: Paul Brickman
Written By: Paul Brickman
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 39 min
This is the one with Tom Cruise (the Tom Cruise) as the fresh-faced Joel Goodsen, dancing in his underwear to Bob Seger’s ‘Old Time Rock & Roll.’ A scene that in itself isn’t all that remarkable, but made iconic thanks to its star’s extremely successful and long running career as a dramatic actor.
Risky Business takes its impressionable hero, and gives him a crash course in life. Its pleasures and pitfalls, its motivating forces, and its varied confrontations with people playing the game.
It’s a film that encourages you to say f’it once in a while and take a risk, but doesn’t pretend everything’s going to be alright if you do. This is a coming of age story presented as a series of transactions. Desire leads to debt and material possessions become leverage. Opportunity and risk can lead to success, but also inevitably attract attention from your competition, who don’t always play fair.
Paul Brickman’s script presents a teen-comedy with brains and a soul, and Tom Cruise is perfect as the kid in over his head mashing intercity sleaze with white picket fences in order to keep his life in the black.
This isn’t some crass R rated 80’s teen comedy. It’s got a little more going on. Expect a slower pace, and be patient during its slower moments especially during the first act. This movie is rated R for sexual content, nudity and language.
This is a solidly made film, but not one that needs the big screen treatment. A HD screening on your TV, laptop or tablet will do.
No it’s not the Seger scene! I did however, laugh out loud when Joel shouts upstairs to his friends, who are mid-coitus, to grunt twice if they heard his last instruction – and they do.