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Risky Business (SE)
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10.14.2008 By: Sturdy
Risky Business (SE) order
Director:
Paul Brickman

Actors:
Tom Cruise
Rebecca De Mornay
Joe Pantoliano

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Left home alone when his parents take a vacation, Joel decides to put his future and his good-boy reputation on the line when he calls up an escort service. Of course, one bad thing leads to another and Joel finds himself in a race against time to put things right before his parents return home.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
While John Hughes and his films seem to have a trademark on 80ís teenage angst, few movies capture the conflicting desires of older teenagers quite like RISKY BUSINESS. In what is still a relevant idea, the main character (Joel) must choose between playing it straight and doing what heís supposed to and letting loose and being someone he wants to be.

I think most of us have gone through phases like that, but few of us act out by getting a hooker, wrecking our dadís Porsche and starting our own escort service. But hey, thatís Hollywood at its best. Even though the film stretches reality a few times, itís a credit to the director that I never found it distracting. I bought into it and I was genuinely concerned for Joelís well being. In fact, anyone who has been labeled ďthe good guyĒ can relate to Joel, and that ordinary guy quality is one of the many things that has allowed the film to withstand the test of time.

Of course, it helps to have a young Tom Cruise in the lead. Heís been my favorite actor for as long as I can remember and this was his first leading role. You can see the talent early on and he does a great job here. Of course, with Tom dancing around in his underwear, people forget just how stunning Rebecca De Mornay is. She does a fantastic job too, and she pulled off a difficult task of making her character likeable.

Overall, RISKY BUSINESS is a great film that is a good time. It drags a little bit in the beginning and the dialogue with Joel and his friends is a little lame, but the film more than makes up for it once it gets going. Itís been over 20 years since I first saw it, and I have to say that I like it just as much now as I did back then, except now I understand what a prostitute does.
THE EXTRAS
Video Commentary with Jon Avnet, Paul Brickman and Tom Cruise: I canít go on enough about how great video commentaries are. So I was really stoked about getting a commentary with Tom Cruise showing up for it. Itís great when they get going, but thereís a lot of long pauses that keep it from going anywhere. This is one of those commentaries to have on while youíre doing something else.

The Dream is Always the Same (29:28): This is a retrospective featurette about how RISKY BUSINESS came to be a movie. Everyone shows up for an interview and everyone looks back on it fondly. It really was a gamble on behalf of everyone involved. Tom wasnít a big star and the film was made by a first time director. This is a nice featurette chronicling the challenges they faced.

Original Screen Tests (14:33): These are the original screen tests of Tom and Rebecca. Theyíre good for nostalgia sake, but it was really strange to see Tom reading for a role.

Directorís Cut of the Final Scene (7:24): The difference was minor, but I have to say I like the original version better. Iíve always loved the ending and I liked having them walk through the park. The directorís cut was a little too dramatic.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you havenít seen RISKY BUSINESS, then this is an easy recommendation. Itís over 25 years old, but aside from the haircuts and the car, you canít tell. I rank it pretty high on all time teenage drama/comedies.
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