Risky Business
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Risky Business is the film in which 19-year-old Tom Cruise dances around his living room in his underwear. He does this to celebrate the fact that his parents have left him alone while they go on vacation. Somewhere along the line, hooker Rebecca De Mornay, fleeing her vicious pimp, hides out in the Cruise manse. Things go from bad to worse to as Cruise inadvertently drives his father's Porsche into Lake Michigan and nearly scuttles his college recruitment interview. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For writer/director Paul Brickman, this was a case of being in the right place at the right time and, perhaps most importantly, getting the right leading man in place."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"What distinguishes it, however, is that it's hovering permanently on the brink of stark, staring disaster in a way that strangely recalls The Graduate."
‑ Chris Peachment, Time Out
"As adolescent adventures go, Risky Business is an invigorating, first-class affair: It manages to make coming of age a witty proposition."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"A capitalist wet dream; one that we have long since woken up from screaming."
‑ Chris Laverty, Clothes on Film
"De Mornay does sterling work as the helpful hooker, but this is Cruise's big chance, and he relishes it, putting in a believable and likeable performance."
‑ , Film4
"One of the finest film explorations of the end of innocence."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It's funny because it deals with subjects that are so touchy, so fraught with emotional pain, that unless we laugh there's hardly any way we can deal with them -- especially if we are now, or ever were, a teenage boy."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Writer/director Paul Brickman has honed a sharp satire on American go-getting here."
‑ Tom Hutchinson, Radio Times
"It's easy to forget the idiosyncracies of a film that so successfully trades on adolescent male fantasies and nightmares. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"One of the key films of the 1980s, and proof that a teen sex comedy could merit serious consideration."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"[The film] improves as it goes along."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"It's sexy, smart and funny, but also stylish and filled with social satire and commentary on the culture of money."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"It works well as a comedy but one cringes at the thought that it defined, for a while, the social expectations of a generation."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Good '80's teen movie with a suitable soundtrack and the loveable Cruise displaying his new found starry confidence."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
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