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- A Movie Which Gives False Hope To Major League Geeks!
This movie has something in common with "Pretty Woman " insofar as it glorifies prostitution. And yet again and as always the prostitute in this movie is the mandatory Hollywood beautiful woman without Hepatis B, AIDS or Heroin track marks on her arms. This movie gives false hope to the Major League Geeks of this world that if they can't get a date on Saturday night then all they have to do is ring up a prostitute, have sex with her and then worry about paying her later! If you tried this in REAL LIFE no doubt you would get her 6 foot pimp kicking down your door demanding payment for "services rendered". This is a terrible movie and one has to wonder if a good looking character like Tom Cruise in this movie has to pay for sex then what hope have the rest of us got? I give this movie 5 stars because Ms. De Mornay is hot even though her role in this film did her acting career a great disservice....more info
- Teasing but Unfulfilling
I am a great fan of Risky Business, but this edition is pretty disappointing. The picture quality and sound are fine, but you'd think with the advent of Blu-Ray and all of its storage capacity, that they could have actually spliced the director's cut last scene onto the movie! Instead, you have to watch the scene on its own, so it's impossible to tell how it really flows with the film.
Also, I'd love to watch the commentary, but I refuse to watch it picture-in-picture, which is really distracting. Once again, where is the option to turn off the picture-in-picture?
I'd love to buy Blu-Ray, bit it seems that you really need to wait and buy discs that take full advantage of the medium...otherwise it's a waste....more info
- Cruise's Breakthrough
Great satire that plays on teens worries about being successful later in life and the business world in general. Cruise had appeared in smaller roles in other movies, but this was the one that made him stand out. DeMornay has an interesting take on the hooker with a (somewhat) heart of gold, Joe Pantalino plays a great bad guy, while Curtis Armstrong and Brochot Pinchot bring up the rear as Cruise's buddies. A must-have film....more info
- Sometimes you gotta say....
Risky Business is the movie that turned Tom Cruise from an up and coming star to a sensation. Tom plays Joel Goodsen (read Good Son), a high school senior looking towards the Ivy League. His parents are away and left him alone in charge of the house.
Everything is going fine until one of his friends sends over a hooker. This starts a cycle of events that will change Joel's life.
This is a well written and directed film by Paul Brickman. With a fine film debut by Rebecca de Mornay as the call girl Lana.
Tom became an overnight sensation but the rest of the his friends (Bronson "Balki" Pinchot, Curtis "Moonlighting" Armstrong and Raphael Sbarge) would have to go to television for success. Rebecca unfortunately got type cast from this film and she never got the roles that she deserved.
This is a great film and shows what can be done when people are given a chance.
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- "Ferris Bueller" meets existentialism
"Risky Business" is, in my opinion, along the same lines as "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", only deeper, more emotional, and very existential. Just as the theme of Ferris Bueller was that life might pass you buy if you don't stop to smell the roses, the theme of Risky Business is, as stated by the dude from Revenge of the Nerds, "sometimes you just have to say 'What the f*%#!'."
This film goes deeper, however, as it enters the realm of strong sexual longings that anyone of the late teens/early 20s knows all too well, as well as the pressures of parents and of society to "succeed": get into a good college, impress "the man", make your parents dreams a reality, and wear a white collar for the rest of your life. "Risky Business" asks: is it really worth it to sacrifice the experience of life (in this case, the surge of excitement, bittersweet memories, and longing of the late teens/early 20s) just to "be the best you can be"?
The haunting soundtrack by Tangerine Dream, one of my favorite bands, amplifies the bittersweet, reminiscent atmopshere excellently, especially 'Love on a Real Train', which accompanies one of the most haunting and bittersweet scenes in the film and is arguably the most well-known Tangerine Dream track ever, and for good reason.
Like 'The Breakfast Club', this is one of the 80s teen coming-of-age flicks which retains its distinct 80s flavor and relevance to the era as well as being utterly timeless. A masterpiece....more info
- Master OF The Rare LASERDISCs Movies.
No Doubt Risky Business was a great Movie back in 1983,I have it on LASERDISC And I bought it on dvd too,A MUST See for Tom Cruise's FANS :p...more info
- Dated early 80s comedy given a boost by Tom Cruise's star quality
"Risky Business" seems to be making a gentle crack at the corrupt and materialistic adult world. Tom Cruise plays a high school kid and reluctant "future enterpriser" who sets up a bordello in his parent's house while they are away on holiday. His materialistic parents seem more interested in their stereo, Porsche, holidays, and what college their son gets into rather than the feelings of their own son. The pre-AIDS sexual zeitgeist date the film somewhat but Cruise's star quality is plain for all to see. He turns the film into something far better than it deserves....more info
- Porsche there is no substitute.
This is the most believable acting Tom Cruise has done before he started taking himself way too seriously. Great plot, superb soundtrack, very humorous and erotic. Worth the time to see....more info
- An Arthouse Teen Comedy?
I remember as a 17 Yr old in 1983 seeing the commercials for Risky business on TV,rolling my eyes and thinking to myself"another one??"it seemed like every other week their was a new Teen-sex movie,and Risky Business seemed just as mindless as all the others,dont get me wrong,as much as I adored the Naked Female form,sitting through 80 minutes of drivel for 10 minutes of Flesh was no longer something My teenaged self could stomach.had it not been for a friend who invited me to the movies I would never have seen the film at all.I remember readying myself for another Porkys-Private School-Spring Break fiasco as the lights dimmed,within a few minutes of the movie starting however,with those images of the slowmoving trains,and that haunting Tangerine Dream score I realized that this was anything but a typical teen sex romp.I sat there for the next hour and a half mesmerized by the Arty Camera work,great cinematography,clever script,Rebecca DeMornays eyes,the"guido the killer pimp"line(which always got the biggest laugh),The eerie,Dreamlike tangerine Dream score,The clever soundtrack mixing contemporary 80s music(Prince,Talking Heads,the police)with Blues and Fusion(Muddy Waters,Jeff Beck)it was like an arthouse version of an 80s teen movie and I absolutey loved it!I went back and saw it 5 more times in the theatre and the following year a couple more times when it aired on cable.seeing it on DVD more then twenty years later,the movie is still very impressive,a true Cinematic Gem from that memorable decade although I wish it had included more extras,ESPECIALLY the alternate ending.What ive always wondered was why didnt paul Brickman,The Director,ascend to greatness after this Film,instead of not doing another Movie for over ten years?? ...more info
- Tom Cruise, Dark Sunglasses,and a Great Movie!
This is one of the best films of the early 1980's! I was a teenager at the time, and remember thinking this was the best movie, and that Tom Cruise was SO cool! I wanted to be like that! The film has an excellent story, and is very erotic! I like the DVD version, it has excellent video, and audio! "Risky Business," has an excellent soundtrack, also! Yes, this is the film of Tom Cruise's where he slides out onto the living room floor(while his parents are away)in his socks, shirt, and underwear and dances to "Old Time Rock and Roll! " I think that's a classic scene, and worth the price of the DVD just to see Tom Cruise dance in his underwear! I don't think any guy fills out his white underwear quite like Tom Cruise! A must see film, and a must to own! Buy It! :-)...more info
- Risky Business Rocks!
On paper,a movie about an entrepreneurial high school senior turning his parents' suburban Chicago home into a brothel while they're out of town sounds rather broad,but this early Tom Cruise vehicle pushes beyond the typical Teen Virgin Comedy by cleverly tapping into the "greed is good" zeitgeist of the ultra-yuppiefied 80's."Risky Business" also presages films like "The Ice Storm" and "American Beauty" with its similar "Sodom in Suburbia" setting. The film benefits from an intelligent(and frequently hilarious) script and skillful visual style that separates it from the(brat)pack of John Hughes films that seem to hog most of the "80's movie" spotlight. While the oft-shown "underwear karaoke" is quite amusing, the most memorable moment occurs between Cruise and co-star Rebecca DeMornay during a late night subway ride that remains, to this day, one of the most artfully erotic love scenes in modern cinema (and no one takes thier clothes off!!)"Risky Business" was also one of the first MTV-influenced movies,and makes excellent use of its soundtrack music. A gross of $6,000 would make any boy happy, except when he has to give it all away to Guido the killer pimp....more info
- A Classic
This is one of the funniest, sexiest movies out there, and the acting and comic timing are excellent. Filled with great one liners and hilarious characters, plus eye-candy for the guys and the ladies- Tom Cruise and Rebecca DeMornay are at their finest....more info
- If you didn't like Tom Cruise before, you will now
This was Tom Cruise's big break and he deserved it after this movie. You can see why he got popular after this movie. He is the main reason I watch this movie. The story is pretty good. but it wouldn't be the same without Tom. It is one of those few movies where teenagers actually have some level of intelligence (but maybe not through the whole movie!) This one will definitely make you a Tom Cruise fan!...more info
- Typical 80s Teen Comedy
Tom Cruise was about to reach super-stardom by 1983 and "Risky Business" along with "Top Gun" three years later made him a cinematic icon. Cruise's parents are going out-of-town and the youngster decides that it is time to take his father's porsche out for a spin. Of course disaster strikes and now Cruise needs money and needs it fast. An elaborate plan develops to set up a brothel in his home with the help of sexy prostitute Rebecca De Mornay. A very entertaining movie...has some dated moments but the music, and performances by Cruise and DeMornay make that a non factor....more info
- about the movie risky business.........
This story contains two sexual intimacy and the story line has not much of a meaning but to say that a teenager having call girl in the house which they held parties so that he can earn some money. This in the end almost caused his house items to be gone but he managed to get it back by using his money that he earned while the parents is away. The call girl in fact has made his life more interesting while his parents is away. Recommended to those whom are interested in this genre of films/movie. Singapore videoshop is selling this title and bought a copy to view and above are my reviews of this film/DVD....hee...hee...
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- 'Risky Business' (Warner Studios) Runiing time: 99 minutes
I remember seeing this movie when it first came to the theaters on Labor Day weekend '83.Saw the flick with two of my elderly aunts.I mean,how tacky is that?Loved seeing/watching this sex comedy again and again.Straight A student Joel(Tom Cruise)tries to avoid his annoying friend's advise on how to 'get lucky' with a hot girl from the newspaper's personal ads.But Miles(Curtis Armstrong-we know him as Booger from 'Revenge Of The Nerds')won't easily give up until he gets Joel a woman.Several twists and situations occur before Joel meets his dream girl,Lana(Rebecca De Mornay)and gets his first lay(memorable scene,by the way).Joel,Miles and Lana later end up in a car chase scene being pursued by Guido,the killer pimp(Joe Pantoliano)who turns out to be Lana's pimp.Just watch the movie,you'll be glad you did.If you can believe it,I still run into people who've NEVER even scene this or several other 'Blockbuster' movies....more info
- One of Cruise's best!
I remeber watching this when it first came out, and I can't even remember how many times I have seen it since then. This wasn't just another "teeny film" of that era, but a well crafted, groundbreaking cult classic. While many say TAPS is what put Cruise on the radar, I say this propelled him into superstardom.
In fact, it was very "risque" for the time, given many of the scenes, especially the legendary Subway tryst between Cruise and De Mornay. How many film makers and directors would have done that back in '83? I would like to say not too many. In addition, the music was awesome. Songs by Phil Collins, Prince and of course, Bob Seger and others made this movie a hit!
I also enjoyed it, because as an only son myself, I remember when my parents went out for the evening or an overnight trip, I would raid dad's liquor cabinet, take a spin in his car and blast his stereo. No, I didn't drive his car into the river, nor did I didn't have a party like Joel, but It shows you that teens are teens. Frankly, even if they tried to make a similar movie today, it would't even hold a match to "Risky Business"....more info
- Risky Business is just great!
One of the best movies from the 80s...the soundtrack is terrific, the camerawork rocks...Just awesome....more info
- great film, fair presentation
What a wonderful movie, and a real treat to see it in letterbox. I just wish they had done a better job on the transfer. I have a real big tv and I'm pretty picky, so factor that into my review. But there were some noticable artifacts in the picture. A shame. But still worth every penny and a world better than a pan-and-scan VHS tape......more info
- RISKY BUSINESS
A FUN TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE....I WAS SURPRISED TO FIND IT'S RATED R, AS I RECALL IT AS POPULAR WHEN MY CHILDREN WERE TEENAGERS....THOUGHT MY TEEN GRANDCHILDREN WOULD ENJOY IT. BUT ALTHOUGH THEY SHOWED NO INTEREST, I ENJOYED IT A GREAT DEAL....more info
- A Sure Bet.
Mom and Dad are gone for the week. An18-year-old Tom Cruise is left alone to watch the house the Porsche, and one cool stereo. What's a guy to do? He could study for his upcoming tests, prepare a product for his after school club, and practice for his interview on Friday night with a representative from Princeton.
Or..... he could have fun. Well, most men may try to be responsible, when they are alone. When your friends find out that your parents are gone, trying to be responsible is probably a wasted effort. "Risky Business" is a warning to parents, don't leave your kids alone - unless you are prepared for the consequences.
For the most part this movie builds on itself. The scenes lead nicely from one to another beginning with an adolescent call to a questionable woman. Eventually Tom is running a bordello for the weekend so he can raise money to buy back his mother's crystal egg, stolen by one of these prostitutes in the first place.
At its heart Risky Business is about a boy trying to do what his parents want, in ways they would never approve. It is funny. It is extremely well made. I found myself laughing several times, but more then that, I found myself relating to the characters. We all have done things that have gone wrong, here they just went really wrong; but they eventually get better. Along the way we are treated to a first rate comedy/coming of age film. I highly recommend it, even if you saw it years ago....more info
- Adolescent male fantasy, I should say so
A much better film than I imagined and was led to believe. Even we mature males fantasize about these things, at least I do. I enjoyed it much to my surprise and so did my wife. (Don't tell her about my fantasies, allright?) Surprisingly good acting by Cruise and the lovely Rebecca de Mornay who I saw only a few days ago in "The Shining". I wonder what she is like now, 23 years later. I'm sure she is still lovely. Light but fun....more info
- "Ferris Bueller" meets "The Happy Hooker"
On paper,a movie about an entrepreneurial high school senior turning his parents' suburban Chicago home into a brothel while they're out of town sounds rather broad,but this early Tom Cruise vehicle pushes beyond the typical Teen Virgin Comedy by cleverly tapping into the "greed is good" zeitgeist of the ultra-yuppiefied 80's."Risky Business" also presages films like "The Ice Storm" and "American Beauty" with its similar "Sodom in Suburbia" setting. The film benefits from an intelligent(and frequently hilarious) script and skillful visual style that separates it from the(brat)pack of John Hughes films that seem to hog most of the "80's movie" spotlight. While the oft-shown "underwear karaoke" is quite amusing, the most memorable moment occurs between Cruise and co-star Rebecca DeMornay during a late night subway ride that remains, to this day, one of the most artfully erotic love scenes in modern cinema (and no one takes thier clothes off!!)"Risky Business" was also one of the first MTV-influenced movies,and makes excellent use of its soundtrack music. Quintessential "Eighties"....more info
- One of the best
An absolute classic in every way. Superb direction, cinematography, acting, music, editing. Near if not perfect film making. If this movie isn't a classic then nothing is....more info
i wouldn't watch this movie again if you paid me. i luv tom cruise, but geez this movie was horrible. i was falling asleep....more info
- Sometimes you just have to say what the heck
I thought it was a terrific movie. I felt like I had every one of Cruise's phobia's when I was his age. And when he's frantic to get out of class and the clock somehow goes back a minute--I've been there, too. Besides Cruise's charm, Curtis Armstrong is funny as his friend who worries about his midterm while being chased by Guido, the killer pimp. I lived in Chicago then and a photographer friend told me that the hookers at the party were Chicago fashion models. One of the models was Candace Collins, who did some work for Playboy before an interviewer asked her if it was sexist and she answered yes. Then the magazine dropped her like a rock....more info
- You just can't pass up one of the greatest movies of alltime
Anybody reading this that remembers the anxiety of getting into college, and the pressure of peers will absolutely fall in love with this movie. It stars a young an innocent Tom Cruise and a naughty ReBecca DeMorray. The soundtrack is absolutely amazing due to Tangerine Dream's mix of eighties sounds. Also, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, and the Talking Heads are some others that team up to contribute to this movie. Cruise and DeMorray team up to give audiences what may be their best perfomances. A MUST SEE!!!!!!!!!!!...more info