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Risky Business 1983

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A high school senior's is life gets turned around when he meets a sexy call girl who transforms his house into a brothel while his parents are away.

Starring:
Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay
Runtime:
1 hour, 39 minutes

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Genres Comedy
Director Paul Brickman
Starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay
Supporting actors Joe Pantoliano, Bronson Pinchot, Curtis Armstrong
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By Terry Moore on March 10, 2003
Format: DVD
I think most people who buy/rent this DVD have already seen the movie and know what they're getting. There are a lot of good reviews on this movie here at amazon.com but I only saw one that mentioned the quality of the DVD. It is absolutely horrible. The companies who produce these dark, grainy DVDs need to know that the consumers aren't going to accept this type of low-quality transfer. I'd gladly pay a bit more money for a DVD that's viewable. We know how good movies can look on DVD. So why release a disc that looks as poor as this one? As consumers we need to demand better! Just as VHS movies recorded in SLP or EP were unacceptable, so are DVDs that look as bad as this Risky Business disc.
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Rarely will you find a video store without RISKY BUSINESS. Not only is it a contemporary classic, but it was also Tom Cruise's breakthrough film and a major hit. While reputed to be a very good movie, upon watching it, I found it to be something else. It's an excellent movie.
Tom Cruise plays Joel Goodson, a high-school kid who is just that - a good son. He's responsible, careful, and trusted. But when his parents leave town for the week, Joel decides to loosen up - but after he nervously invites call girl Lana (Rebecca De Mornay) into his house, everyone goes horridly wrong. With only a few days left to go, Joel must raise his grades, make $8,000, get back stolen furniture, and escape from the clutches of Guino (Joe Pontoliano), the killer pimp. Work is hell. And Joel knows it.
This movie is great. It wildly exceeded by expectations, and is much better than it's said to be. Cruise is great - the fact that RISKY BUSINESS is Cruise's first major film is enough to make it worth the watch, anyway; De Mornay is also very good. Paul Brickman's direction has a sort of artistic feeling to it (he also scripted); he has a unique way of creating a film that's funny, erotic, and occasionally suspenseful.
Another wonderful aspect of the film is its terrific soundtrack. It features rockin' songs from such popular artists as The Police, Bob Seger, Talking Heads, Muddy Waters, Phil Collins, and Prince. It also features new music by the hit-making band Tangerine Dream, whose techno, futuristic-sounding score gives the movie an occasionally nightmarish, occasionally unpleasant mood to it - and, of course, the film is about every teenager's nightmares come true.
All in all, RISKY BUSINESS is essential viewing from the 1980's, and it works just as well now as it did then. Tom Cruise's first hit, a terrific soundtrack, and a cult classic - this is RISKY BUSINESS.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
FYI - disc comes with a digital copy, but the confirmation/serial code expired in Sept. of 2009.

Otherwise, the movie looks great on BD; clearly much money was saved on the production budget by not buying any bras for Rebecca DeMornay.
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This 1983 film that launched the career of Tom Cruise proves its relative timelessness by entertaining audiences even today. Mediocre student and always-obedient son Joel (Cruise) is left alone in his upscale suburban house when his parents take a vacation. It's Joel's senior year in high school and it appears that the only highlight is going to be a boring project for the Young Enterpriser Club contest. When his friend Miles (Curtis Armstong) forces his hand to take a chance, Joel is thrown into an out-of-control scenario involving the charming prostitute Lana (Rebecca de Mornay), her enterprising friends, an irate pimp named Guido (Joe Pantoliano), and a high school full of unfilled but hormonally charged teenage boys. Throw in Joel's father's Porsche, an application to Princeton, and the all-important midterms that Joel is in danger of failing - and you've got a fast-paced, hilarious flick of adolescence out of control.
Unlike today's teen movies, "Risky Business" is not preoccupied with sophomoric humor and gratuitous foul language. It's too smart a screenplay for that. Instead, it focuses on the humor of a good boy gone temporarily bad, and how one small act of rebellion changes everything. At times, the film tries to be artsy with its gimmicky camera shots, direction, and editing, thus dating the film more than the costumes and screenplay do, but overall it succeeds. The music is great, particularly for those who remember the times.
Dust off your memories and revisit this fun flick. If you've never seen it, you should, if for no other reason than for seeing why Tom Cruise and Rebecca de Mornay rocketed to fame following its release.
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I may be looking too deeply into a movie but....

I saw Risky Business when I was 13 and thought that although some parts were funny, it was filmed beautifully and the music was dreamlike to me. The film became more of a personal introspective when high school hit and I began to see the parallels between my life and this Joel character. I used to live in an upper middle-class suburban neighborhood while growing up; big yards, lots of trees, and yardwork that always needed to be done. While the folks were out of town on vacation and my brother was away on weekend with friends; was left at home to rake leaves, mow the grass, and do homework (or play tennis) on Friday and Saturday nights instead of dating, partying, and getting into trouble. Maybe you can identify.. My G-d though! Where was Rebecca De Mornay when I needed her back then??

I strongly believe that to call this movie just a mere comedy is a total disservice to the film's artistic elements. The way the camera focuses on the leaves blowing around in the yard as we see Joel looking around at all this d-mn work that needs to be done. The slow motion on the hose as he waters the plants, the love-making scene on the train, the train at night, and the instrumental music by TD. In my opinion, the term "Comedy" refers to films like Animal House or Caddyshack. Risky Business would be better compared to Solaris than it would either of those two.

The soundtrack will never be outdated as the "Love On A Real Train" main theme is still the best instrumental track I've ever heard (If you're a dreamer, then try listening to the soundtrack while you're doing your own yardwork and you might begin to look forward to those precious times of isolation and reflection).
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