While you search through an artist's biography, sometimes it's hard to believe that some films that we think are too ordinary and fucky now, catapulted their actors to stardom. So it is the case with this movie, which threw Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay to stardom, but despite some setbacks, Paul Brickman's Risky Business is still able to deliver a few laughs in this entertaining flick. Not to mention another worthy movie from that entire shit-filled teen flick catalog, at least this one's worth your money.Joel Goodson (Cruise) is an active, but shy high school senior with horny sexual thoughts about women and a worry for his quest of making the grade to college. Princeton. His friends, tell him to just relax and take it easy with the later, which brings up the advice that his friend Miles (Curtis Armstrong) tells Joel about that every once in a while you have to say "what the fuck," and move on. In other words live the present forget the future. His parents announce Joel they are going on vacation, and Joel gets the house for himself, celebrated a la Bob Seger, with "Old Time Rock and Roll."
"Time of your life, huh kid?"
But Joel's life takes a twist when he meets a call girl called Lana (De Mornay), all thanks to an arrangement by Miles, which at first enrages Joel and then later by another "call girl" who gives him Lana's phone number. And since the horny feelings within him don't want to go away, he ultimately calls her. So she comes, they fuck, he doesn't have enough money, she can't wait, so he goes to the bank to cash a bond, but when he comes back she's gone and took his mothers glass egg. Things take off from there, which lead later from his meeting with Guido (Joe Pantoliano), the killer pimp, to his fathers Porsche to go U-boat, to the idea penned by Lana of raising money putting up a business for one night to pay off the repairs to his fathers car (figure it out).
The movie just goes off smoothly; Cruise lives up to his performance as the troubled Joel, so does De Mornay, and the rest of the cast. One odd thing about the movie is that there was no chemistry between Joel and Lana, I mean; Lana does things to Joel that basically would want to make Joel slap her in the face. And thanks to this the relationship is not that believable, despite that they bang away in the movie (Probably Nicole Kidman masturbated at this movie since it gave an interesting first-look at her would-be-husband). Besides, the relationship doesn't really take of also due to the fact that the film is busy portraying Joel's misfortunes up and down. Perhaps it was just a hooker/boy relationship, but in the film there are many elements that propel for a romance between them, and they are in all in the end, left in the air, since the relationship never takes off. Also the sexual innuendo here doesn't help the movie that much in many scenes, but at least the comedic moments help the movie to regain territory, especially the ridicule of how the term "business is business" is reflected on this movie. The parents in the end are left with the signs of "dumbasses" on their heads, but since most teen flicks treat their parents like that (Ferris Bueller, for example) you may take that as a good laughter, since after all, most of us at a young age, have at least fooled our parents more than once before.
As the movie progresses up towards the end, and gives the end quote, you'll be maybe left with feelings that may remind us about those days when all you thought was going to school, get good grades and get the right girl. After all, isn't that what teen flicks are all about? Or maybe I'm just rambling.In the end, it's not a bad movie after all, and I would recommend it. Though its not big shit material, it's still able to entertain and bring some good laugher. Popcorn is recommended for watching it, I guess.
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originally posted: 03/25/01 04:43:02