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Meet Joel Goodsen, an industrious college-bound seventeen-year-old, a responsible and trustworthy son ... Meet Lana, young, hot, exquisite, and street-smart. Joel's (Tom Cruise) two preoccupations in life are: getting into college and having sex--which until now has been just a fantasy. But Joel's parents are going on vacation and leaving him in charge of the house. Now, what Lana (Rebecca De Mornay) is going to teach Joel about sex and the free enterprise system in this contemporary coming-of-age tale is every parent's nightmare and a very Risky Business.
© 1983 Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics 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.
New York Magazine/Vulture
Risky Business, a movie about a nice boy losing his virginity, is a first-time director's clear failure that I normally wouldn't get belligerent about, but the picture is so confused, so strange, and so openly corrupt that I can't resist.
December 31, 2019
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Common Sense Says
'80s classic is filled with sex, cursing, and smoking.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Risky Business is a dark 1983 teen sex comedy that launched the career of Tom Cruise. This popular comedy earned its R rating. It has sex (both in comical fantasy scenes and reality), full-frontal female nudity, profanity (including "f--k"), glorified substance abuse, and an especially jaundiced outlook: A teen embarks on the road to manhood by becoming a part-time pimp, and the message is that in modern America, that's a wise move, financially and socially. Because the young hero is played by good-guy star Tom Cruise, and because his character escapes punishment in the end, young viewers might interpret this as an endorsement, not a subversive satire. This movie is from a time when cigarette smoking was still widely viewed as part of a cultivated "cool guy" image, and that look is embraced right from the opening scene. Teen characters get high on marijuana and drink alcohol as well.
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- Genre:Drama, Comedy
- Release Date:August 5, 1983
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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