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Risky Business (1983)

A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand.

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A suburban Chicago teenager's parents leave on vacation, and he cuts loose. An unauthorised trip in his father's Porsche means a sudden need for lots of money, which he raises in a creative way. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Joel had all the normal teenage fantasies...cars, girls, money. Then his parents left for a week, and all his fantasies came true. [UK Theatrical] See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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5 August 1983 (USA)  »

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$6,200,000 (estimated)

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$63,500,000 (USA)
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Among the actors who auditioned for the role of Joel were Tom Hanks and Nicolas Cage. See more »

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When Joel is the den talking to the college admissions guy Lana walks into the room and closes the door behind her. We see her long, blond hair swing around in the upper right of the screen. But an instant later we see that all her hair is tucked up into a black hat. See more »

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Joel Goodson: [voiceover] The dream is always the same. Instead of going home, I go to the neighbors'. I ring, but nobody answers. The door is open, so I go inside. I'm looking around for the people, but nobody seems to be there. And then I hear the shower running, so I go upstairs to see what's what. Then I see her; this... girl, this incredible girl. I mean, what she's doing there I don't know, because she doesn't live there... but it's a dream, so I go with it. "Who's there?" she says. "Joel,"...
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Mannish Boy
Written by Bo Diddley (uncredited), Melvin London (uncredited), and Muddy Waters (uncredited)
Performed by Muddy Waters
Provided courtesy of Blue Sky Records/Distributed by CBS Records
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fun, funny, and smart
8 February 2003 | by (new york) – See all my reviews

Most funny comedies aren't very smart. They're funny because of individual jokes that play by themselves, without relying on the overall plot. Risky Business is an exception and the reason why it works so well, is because it tells a simple story that could really happen and would also be a lot of fun. Youre a high school kid, your parents go on vacation for a week, leaving you the whole house to yourself. That's the setup. A friend calls up a call girl, she shows up, and the entertainment begins. This movie is smart enough to know what kids think about at that age, sex, and it holds nothing back. It is very clever at times and has a strong character in Joel, played by a young, energetic Tom Cruise. Another thing that this movie understands is mood and tempo. Everything hits the right beat. Smart and funny is an ideal combination and this movie achieves it.


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