Sometimes, The Unenthusiastic Critic just has to say "What the fuck," so this week she's watching Paul Brickman's Risky Business (1983).
Risky Business was a one-hit wonder for writer-director Brickman, but it was a critical and commercial triumph that launched the career of Rebecca De Mornay and made an international movie star out of Tom Cruise. The studio had been hoping for a teen sex-comedy a la Porky's, but Brickman actually delivered something smarter, more stylish, more satirical, and considerable darker.
Risky Business was a staple of Michael's teen-age years in the 1980s, but what will Nakea make of it, watching it for the first time in 2021? Join us for a discussion of prostitution, capitalism, killer-pimps, the questionable hygiene of train sex, the weird energy of Tom Cruise, and the relative value of tacky decorative eggs.
Time of your life, huh, kid?
0:00: Prologue: from Risky Business
00:59: Cultural Osmosis: Pre-Viewing Discussion
16:41: Original Trailer
18:01: The Verdict: Post-Viewing Discussion
54:55: Outro and Next Week's Movie
Notes and Links
—Movie Reviewed: Risky Business (dir. Paul Brickman, Warner Bros., 1983)
—Links and Sources: "At 20, 'Risky' is still frisky," Dana Harris, Variety; "Risky Business director: 'Some people like the visibility. I don't,'" Jake Malooley, Salon; "Random Roles: Bronson Pinchot," Nathan Rabin, The AV Club; "My Wild Summer With Tom Cruise," Curtis Armstrong, Hollywood Reporter; Tom Cruise interviewed by Cameron Crowe, Interview Magazine; Reviews by Roger Ebert (rogerebert.com) and David Denby (New York Magazine).
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