When "Risky Business" arrived on cinema screens in 1983 it proved to be a teenage comedy with a difference. A new breed of teen had lit up the screen, with his winning smile & charming good looks, that new star was Tom Cruise.
Tom had already appeared in "Taps", "Losin it" & "The Outsiders", but it was "Risky Business" that catapulted him from actor to superstar. The film's poster featuring Cruise peering through dark "Ray-Bans" sunglasses is now an image recognised the world over. When the film was first released "Time Magazine" described Cruise as a "baby faced Christopher Reeve".
In "Risky Business", Tom plays Joel Goodsen an ambitious 17 year old high school student who will do anything to gain acceptance into Princeton College. His character initially comes across as a mature responsible young adult, that is, until his parents go on holidays, entrusting him with the family home, expensive Porsche & money.
The moment Tom's parents leave the house he pumps up the volume on his stereo & prances around in his underwear to the beat of Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock 'n' Roll". This would have to be the signature scene of "Risky Business", it is often replayed on talk shows whenever the film is discussed.
The trouble however, starts, when his fast-talking buddy Miles (Curtis Armstrong who later went on to play Booger in "Revenge of The Nerds") attempts to persuade him to call a hooker. Tom refuses, but Miles calls anyway. This is when Tom's life goes spinning wildly out of control. Enter the beautiful call-girl Lana (played by Rebecca De Mornay) who after one night with Joel, forcefully moves in with him, to avoid her psychotic pimp, Guido (Joe Pantoliano).
Tom's life becomes a nightmare as a series of outrageous events unfold, his house is turned into a brothel, his father's Porsche ends up in the lake & his mother's expensive crystal egg lands in the hands of the killer pimp.
Written & directed by Paul Brickman, Risky Business is witty, slick & inventive. To add to the atmosphere the film also features a strong synthesizer music score by German group "Tangerine Dream". Tom Cruise & Rebecca De Mornay are oustanding in their roles & have the star chemistry to make the well-written script soar. Don't miss it.