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Risky Business
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6.8 IMDB rating

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Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise

Joel Goodsen
Richard Masur

Richard Masur

Rutherford
Nicholas Pryor

Nicholas Pryor

Joel's Father
Janet Carroll

Janet Carroll

Joel's Mother


Written by
Paul Brickman

Paul Brickman

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"Risky Business (1983)" Theatrical Trailer

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You Do What You Can

2 years, 5 months ago at Dec 31 18:41
Ray-Ban Wayfarers have never looked more appealing than on a young, fresh faced Tom Cruise. I’ve never seen Tom Cruise this young, and now I know why he was such a heartthrob back then.

Cruise plays Joel, a preppy and frustrated high school student, preparing for college along with his friends. He’s the typical good boy who is mocked in the beginning for being too cautious, and ... read more

An average movie

2 months, 1 week ago at Mar 19 12:21
It has been a while since I have seen this flick and maybe I should re-watch it at some point. Anyway, the main interest here was obviously to see Tom Cruise in his breakthrough performance. Of course, it was thanks to ‘Top Gun’ that he became a major star, a status he still has 30 years later, but it was with this movie that he got his first leading part and, right from the start, the guy was... read more
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Description: Left alone in the wealthy northern Chicago suburbs with the family house and Porsche at his disposal, Joel, through his scheming friends, finds himself entertaining to-die-for lady-of-the-night Lana. After meeting Joel's enthusiastic friends, Lana spots a business opportunity, and suggests bringing in some of her equally stunning coll ... (more)
Release date: 5 August 1983
UPC: 085391132325
Drama (8), 1983 (7), Prostitution (5), 1980s (4), Comedy (3), (3), Prostitute (3), Prank (3), Satire (3), Friendship (3), Teen (3), Poker (2), Coming Of Age (2), Action/adventure (1), Fantasy Sequence (1), Masturbation Scene (1), College (1), Extortion (1), Sex (1), Tom Cruise (1)
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An average movie

“It has been a while since I have seen this flick and maybe I should re-watch it at some point. Anyway, the main interest here was obviously to see Tom Cruise in his breakthrough performance. Of course, it was thanks to ‘Top Gun’ that he became a major star, a status he still has 30 years later, but it was with this movie that he got his first leading part and, right from the start, the guy was noticed for his charisma and the rest is just history. At the time, this flick received some solid reviews but, to be honest, I didn’t like it much. Indeed, even though many critics thought it was a great satire, I thought it was another typical teen comedy which wants you to believe that it is really raunchy but nothing really shocking happens after all. I don’t know, maybe I was too young a” read more

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You Do What You Can

“Ray-Ban Wayfarers have never looked more appealing than on a young, fresh faced Tom Cruise. I’ve never seen Tom Cruise this young, and now I know why he was such a heartthrob back then.

Cruise plays Joel, a preppy and frustrated high school student, preparing for college along with his friends. He’s the typical good boy who is mocked in the beginning for being too cautious, and for not taking any risk. His passive attitude starts to change upon meeting call girl Lana, the girl that every boy off the lake wants.

For me, the movie is about the responsibilities that teenagers will ultimately have to carry once they become adults. Because honestly, teenagers are still kids, they’re still a long way from maturity and mostly focus on the little things that in the long r” read more

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