Risky Business
Risky Business (1983)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: August 5, 1983
DVD Release Date: August 27, 1997
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Featuring one of Tom Cruise's best early performances, Risky Business is a sharp, funny examination of teen angst that doesn't stop short of exploring dark themes.

James Berardinelli

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.

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Chris Peachment
Time Out

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.

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Sean Axmaker

... you could call it an art movie version of the teen sex comedy.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

One of the finest film explorations of the end of innocence.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

As adolescent adventures go, Risky Business is an invigorating, first-class affair: It manages to make coming of age a witty proposition.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

[The film] improves as it goes along.

Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times

Writer/director Paul Brickman has honed a sharp satire on American go-getting here.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Miles: Joel, you wanna know something? Every now and then say, "What the fuck." "What the fuck" gives you freedom. Freedom brings… More
Sam Barnett
While too stylish for mainstream, Risky Business embraces skewed American mainstream values and morals to their fullest, with no repercussions in the end. The… More
Albert Kim
An entertaining and interesting movie; nothing more to be said. The movie will keep you entertained even though the movie delves into dark and troubling themes.… More
Jim Careter
Risky Business is an 80s classic and gave us one of the biggest actors in Hollywood. The story is fun, original, and anyone who has been a teen can relate to… More
KJ Proulx
"Risky Business" represents the 80's teen genre with style, as a a teenager has the house to himself when his parents leave for vacation. His… More
Manu Gino
There's a time for playing it safe and a time for Risky Business. Good 80's movie. This was one of the first movies done by Tom Cruise and it was… More