Genre Grandeur – Risky Business (1983) – Encore Review – MovieRob

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – 80’s Teen Sex Comedies, here’s a review of Risky Business (1983) by Me.

Thanks again to Christopher Cooper of Angelman’s Place for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by Allie of Often Off Topic and we will be reviewing our favorite British Comedies

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of April by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Allie!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“I’m really trying to be, friends with you. But, I’d appreciate it, if you’d stop laying these little judgments on me, while you’re leaning on your daddy’s $40,000 car.” – Lana

Number of Times Seen – At least 10 times (cable in the 80’s and 90’s, 11 Aug 2007, 10 Jul 2016 and 28 Mar 2019)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A high school senior tries to find a way to lose his virginity when his parents go away and leave him with the house all to himself.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing numerous times on cable as a kid and even after 35 years, it’s quite hard not to still enjoy it all so very much.

This is a movie that has become quite iconic in the genre of teen sex comedies from the 80’s not only due to its propelling Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay into the stratosphere but due to the fact that the story comes across quite realistically in all that it presents to us about the life of a frustrated teenager.

The living room scene has become quite iconic and I’m sure it gets lots and lots of hits online just by people wanting to see Cruise dance around in his underwear.

Check out the scene here:

The story of this film follows the usual arc of these kind of films and they let us see the various ways that this ‘awkward’ teen tries to lose his virginity until he gets himself deep into more trouble than he ever expected possible.

It’s strange watching this film as a parent since I can now relate to both the characters of the parents AND the teens and understand the motivations of both sides.

This film raises a lot of questions about various plot points which don’t make a whole lotta scene, but the overall idea pf letting yourself sometime go crazy and do things despite never realizing the full consequences of your actions rings true throughout.

Love the way that the film takes the premise of a a successful and promising teen business student and using it to earn quick cash in order to repair damage before the folks return from their vacation is done really well.

This allows the film to remain enjoyable, thrilling and even poignant at certain times despite the fact that the main aura of things is still trying to answer the question of how to get as many male teens to fulfill their fantasies.

Bottom Line – Such an iconic teen sex film of the 80’s because not only did it introduce the world to Cruise and De Mornay but also to see a somewhat realistic look at the life of a frustrated teenager.  The living room scene has become one of the most iconic scenes in any 80’s movies and I’m sure lots of people just watch the scene in order to see Cruise dance around in his underwear. The story itself follows the normal story arc of these kinds of films and we watch the various ways that the main character tries to lose his virginity until he eventually gets himself much deeper into trouble than he even expected he could get.  As a parent watching this film, I can understand much of what transpires both from the view of the parents and the teenager and despite the fact that there are lots of questions to be raised about many of the ideas presented in the film, the idea that sometimes just just have to do things even if you don’t know the full consequences rings true throughout.  The way that this film puts to use the idea of a successful business student trying to earn quick cash to make sure he doesn’t get caught by his parents is done quite well and helps keep this film both fun and poignant at the same time. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In an effort for Tom Cruise to look more “teenage” in appearance, the producers put him though an unusual bit of physical training. Cruise worked out seven days a week, in order to lose ten pounds. Once that had been accomplished, he immediately ceased working out and ate extremely fatty foods in order to add a layer of baby fat. This is how he achieved that “fresh-faced” teenage look. (From IMDB)

Rating Oscar Worthy (9/10) (Upgrade from original review)


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2 thoughts on “Genre Grandeur – Risky Business (1983) – Encore Review – MovieRob

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