To celebrate its 25th Anninversary Warner have re-released this dark comedy. Meet Joel Goodson an industrious college-bound 17-year-old and a responsible trustworthy son. However when his parents go away and leave him home alone in the wealthy Chicago suburbs with the Porsche at his disposal he quickly decides he has been good for too long and it is time to enjoy himself. After an unfortunate incident with the Porsche Joel must raise some cash in a risky way.
Overrated 'Preppy Youth Going Off The Rails' comedy-drama with a star making performance by Tom Cruise as college bound Joel Goodsen; ever the good son, Joel is left home alone for a weekend, and promptly avails that opportunity to do all the things he shouldn't. 'Risky Business' isn't a particularly great film but the manner in which madcap humour is used to lacquer what's essentially a dark and brooding meditation on American culture and capitalism, has to be commended. Tom Cruise was already quite a big name in 1983; having won plaudits for 'TAPS' (1981), 'All The Right Moves' (1982) and 'The Outsiders' (1983) but it was his inexplicably iconic shimmying around the house in his underpants with a bottle of booze and wearing Ray Bans, that earmarked him for international stardom.
Rebecca De Mornay co-stars as Lana; the hooker-with-a-heart-of-stone whose either A) a manipulative shrew or B) a business savvy working girl, needless to say, the relationship between her and Joel forms a fascinating, sometimes funny and often disturbing dynamic. 'Risky Business' is no 'Billy Liar' (1963) and nor is it on a par with 'The Graduate' (1967) but writer / director Paul Brickman succeeds in steering his movie towards the satirical and introspective, rather than the vacuous or nonsensical.
Tom Cruise, a complex and highly driven eccentric, is one of the most misunderstood artists of our generation; whose turned in some excellent performances over the years in 'Born On The Fourth Of July', 'Rain Ma', 'Magnolia', 'Minority Report', 'Collateral', 'The Last Samurai' and yes, even 'Top Gun'. 'Risky Business' is worth seeing for Cruise; who holds it all together and coveys the flaws and nuances of his character with the discipline of an actor well beyond his years (he was 20 at the time), not the classic it's made out to be, but a fairly good movie nonetheless.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play Meet the model son who&39;s been good too long To celebrate its 25th Anninversary Warner have re-released this dark comedy Meet Joel Goodson an industrious college-bound 17-year-old and a responsible trustworthy son However when his parents go away and leave him home alone in the wealthy Chicago suburbs with the Porsche at his disposal he quickly decides he has been good for too long and it is time to enjoy himself After an unfortunate incident with the Porsche Joel must raise some cash in a risky way Actors Nicholas Pryor Rebecca De Mornay Janet Carroll Tom Cruise Joe Pantoliano & Curtis ArmstrongDirector Paul BrickmanCertificate 15 years and overYear 1983Screen Widescreen 1851 AnamorphicLanguages English - Dolby Digital (51)Subtitles Dutch ; English ; Spanish ; French ; Italian ; Portuguese ; ArabicDuration 1 hour and 35 minutes (approx)
Joel (Tom Cruise) is a high school student of seemingly sober conduct. However, when his parents go away he trashes the house, loses the Porsche in the lake and, through his association with a local prostitute, turns his parents' home into a house of ill repute.