Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Risky Business (1983) review


One of Tom Cruise's first and best films to date takes you on a journey through teen angst and adolesence while welcoming dark themes in an iconic way.

PLOT:Joel Goodson (Tom Cruise) is a young, teen college student who's majoring in business and always dreaming about girls. One day, his parents leave town for the week and he's left with the house and some money. He dances like crazy in the living room, hangs with his crazy friends, and takes out his father's car while they're gone. That's as crazy as he plans on getting until he makes a call to a call girl named Lana (Rebecca De Mornay) and spends the night with her. In the morning, she asks for $300 from him for the "services" and this spins him off into a whole chain of events with a stolen glass egg, his father's car in Lake Michigan, getting together with Lana and her friends a night to raise money to fix it and pay off other damages, and way more. It's an ok plot executed greatly.

ACTING:The acting in here was pretty great. Each character had a distinct personality. This was one of Tom Cruise's best film roles. He played the part with tons of personality. The other shiners were Rebecca De Mornay as Lana, Curtis Armstrong as Miles, Raphael Sbarge as Glenn, and Bruce A. Young as Jackie, (You'll see what I mean if you see it!)

SCORE:The score was done in full by one band, and they did pretty good. Each piece was well composed and had a signature '80s sound. I would buy the soundtrack.

OTHER CONTENT:This film about raging teen angst is funny, iconic, and shot with emotion in each scene. I have to give my respects to the writer/director Paul Brickman for his vision. The way he shot each scene and put the editing to work was just unique and full of emotion. This is another of the films that are iconic for at least one scene. If you've seen one part of this film, you've seen Tom Cruise dancing in his underwear to "Old Time Rock and Roll". The only thing I didn't really like about this film was that I felt the plot was a little to unstable. Sure, the twists and jokes made it way better, but it was just a little too disorganized for comfort.

OVERALL,an awesome film with a greatly-executed plot, great acting, pretty good score, iconic scenes, and emotion in each scene done by a great director, but the plot was a little too unstable for comfort.

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