In the numerous coming-of-age films that have come out, there are very few films that have managed to find a balance between the fun element and the slightly darker themes present in this kind of a story. In Risky Business, director Paul Brickman is able to find that balance. I guess one the biggest reasons why there is this attraction towards doing something a little adventurous is due to that period of time in high school, where you feel like you are becoming an adult. This makes you believe that you can do anything and get away it. That is the power of youth.
This photo I feel is a perfect encapsulation of what Joel Goodson (Tom Cruise) is all about. If you have seen the film, you know exactly what I am talking about. When you are in your teens, the need to be cool or even appear cool is immense. That means we end up pretending to be someone we are not, which is a little ironic given how we aren’t really sure of who we are at that stage. It’s a crossroads that we often find ourselves where we wanna be adults but without the consequences. Though Joel is able to get away with only a minor problem, he does not have a clean break. The best aspect of the film in my opinion, is that it did not make any judgements about what it was portraying. It just showed us things as they are. So if there is anything to take away from the film it’s that there really is a time for Risky Business. So sometimes you just gotta say “What The Fuck”, am I right ?
Until next time, bye.