Review: ‘Risky Business’

Risky Business is like a promising first novel, with all the pros and cons that come with that territory.

Risky Business is like a promising first novel, with all the pros and cons that come with that territory.

High schooler Tom Cruise could literally be a next-door neighbor to Timothy Hutton in Ordinary People on Chicago’s affluent suburban North Shore. That changes virtually overnight, however, when he meets sharp-looking hooker Rebecca DeMornay. On the lam from her slimy pimp, she shacks up in Cruise’s splendid home while his parents are out of town and, since he’s anxious to prove himself as a Future Enterpriser in one of his school’s more blatantly greed-oriented programs, convinces him to make the house into a bordello for one night.

Ultimately, pic seems to endorse the bottom line, going for the big buck. In fact, not only is Cruise rewarded financially for setting up the best little whorehouse in Glencoe, but it gets him into Princeton to boot. Writer-director Paul Brickman can therefore be accused of trying to have it both ways, but there’s no denying the stylishness and talent of his direction.

Risky Business

Production

Geffen. Director Paul Brickman; Producer Jon Avnet; Screenplay Paul Brickman; Camera Reynaldo Villalobos, Bruce Surtees; Editor Richard Chew; Music Tangerine Dream; Art Director William J. Cassidy

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1983. Running time: 96 MIN.

With

Tom Cruise Rebecca DeMornay Curtis Armstrong Bronson Pinchot Raphael Sbarge Joe Pantoliano
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