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Risky Business


Roger Davidson

Risky Business
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Tom Cruise's star-making feature is the one that set him on his box-office road to fame. The story is relatively simple at first: Teenage kid's (Cruise) parents go out of town and Cruise has the house all to himself. One of his friends gives him the philosophy of "What the Fuck!", which is another way of saying "Live free and young". Cruise, normally a shy young man, follows it successfully at first. Troubles start when he befriends a prostitute and things get out of hand from there on out.

The movie is wild, unpredictable and full of realistic performances. Cruise captures shy-hormonal adolescence beautifully, while De Mornay makes the usual hooker-with-heart-of-gold role into something intelligent, compassionate and yet not altogether moral. Highly amusing scenes such as Cruise dancing in his underwear to Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock N' Roll" make this understandably a classic. But the climax, involving Cruise's house being turned into a brothel for a night, is a hilarious doozy. Don't expect me to explain how it get's to that point. Just watch it! Then you'll find that it makes some perfect (albeit strange) sense.

My Rating = Four Stars

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