Young Tom Cruise was such a little devil.
With his parents on vacation, high schooler Joel (Tom Cruise) — abetted by a prostitute named Lana (Rebecca De Mornay) — turns opportunity into disaster as he transforms the family home into a brothel, sees a Porsche end up in Lake Michigan and watches his Princeton dreams fade.
Risky Business was one of the first serious teen comedies, in the 80s. To be truly honest I don’t think it was funny that much.
The premise makes the film out to be hilarious, when really you will probably get a slight chuckle here and there. There are a lot of scenes that would be hilarious, but this very weird score music by Tangerine Dream sort of ruins the comedy element to the film.
There are some parts of this film that were very good. Probably the first half was the best as it really did suck me in, then the second half started to drag very bad. A lot of jokes were just being forced, with a lot of those raunchy sex wit that really didn’t work at all.
The last part of the film is what’s very funny, and sort of takes over the film. The whole film shows a great look at teen angst, and its side effects. This one kid has never been with a woman before, and when he finally does, he has no idea what to do with her, knowing that she is a prostitute, still takes her in as a girlfriend of his.
The one thing about this film is that it never served any real danger in the plot. This young suburban kid from Chicago is basically messing in the world of prostitution, but the worst thing the killer pimp could do was steal all his furniture. It’s kind of like “OK your going to steal the furniture and nothing else, what the hell!”.
Don’t get me wrong there are a lot of good things here. The soundtrack at times was a bit weird and electronic grew on me, and got better as it went along. Also, the cinematography was very good, it was very detailed and specific with its wild look.
Tom Cruise is very good here in one of his first very good roles. He plays this yuppie kid, who was always sheltered and finally gets to do something fun, but doesn’t know what to do, and he plays it so well. De Mornay and him build this very good chemistry that comes out well on screen.
Consensus: Risky Business doesn’t have all the laughs you would expect, and some obvious fictionalism, but features some true examinations of teenage angst, backed by a good young performance from Cruise.