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-->''Time of your life, huh kid?"''

A 1983 teen {{dramedy}} staring {{Tom Cruise}} (in his first leading role) and Rebecca De Mornay. Joel Goodson (Cruise) is a suburban Chicago teenager obessing over getting into [[IvyLeagueForEveryone Princeton]] when not thinking about sex. When his parents leave him alone for the weekend, his TheCasanova friend phones a call girl for Joel since Joel obviously [[YouNeedToGetLaid needs to get laid]]. She eventually has a business proposition for him: He [[WildTeenParty throws a party]], introduces some of his [[AllMenArePerverts horny teen friends]] to her associates, and she and Joel split a cut of the evening's proceeds (i.e., they turn his parents' house into a brothel for a night). From there, HilarityEnsues. In the years since its release, [[SignatureScene it's best known]] for the scene of Cruise dancing around in nothing but his pink dress shirt to "Old Time Rock and Roll" by Bob Seger which has been endlessly parodied, including by Cruise himself.

The score, dialogue, and cinematography give the film something of sophisticated, art-house feel in places, putting it a notch above the typical teen sex comedy. RogerEbert compared it favorably to ''Film/TheGraduate''. Be warned that in terms of narrative the genre conventions are completely played straight, so if you don't like modern teen sex comedies you probably won't like this one either.
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!!Tropes used in ''Risky Business'':

* AdultsAreUseless
* AffablyEvil - Guido. [[spoiler:Except for the car chase and flashing a gun at Joel, Guido is a likable guy, and (in)directly mentors Joel in the finer points of business.]]
* AllMenArePerverts
* AnxietyDreams - The film begins with one. Joel is very worried over whether or not he'll get into Princeton.
* BittersweetEnding - [[spoiler:Joel wins his way into Princeton, and it's hinted that he and Lana are going to remain a couple. But Joel [[GrowingUpSucks has become jaded by the ordeal]], and isn't entirely convinced that Lana wasn't in on Guido's scam.]]
* {{Bookends}} - The movie opens on Joel wearing his [[CoolShades sunglasses]] and smoking a cigarette. Towards the end, having been exiled to yardwork by his mom [[spoiler:for getting a crack in her beloved glass egg]] we watch as he slides on those shades and lights up, signaling how jaded he had become during his misadventures and that this had all been told in flashback.
* CatchPhrase - "Sometimes you gotta say 'What the Fuck'."
** Inverted by Joel's dad, who cleans it up when he offers that advice to Joel.
** "Time of your life, huh kid?"
* ComingOfAge
* CoolCar - The Porsche. There is... no substitute.
-->'''Miles''': Fuck you.
* CoolShades - '''look at that poster.'''
* DawsonCasting - Joel and his high school friends are all played by actors in their early-to-mid 20s.
* DeadpanSnarker - Lana
* TheEighties
* EroticDream - Joel's turns into a nightmare when he dreams that a SWAT team surrounds his house, with his parents yelling "Get off the babysitter!" through a bullhorn.
** The movie opens with Joel saying "The dream is always the same"... and we see him finding a girl taking a shower in his house, asking him to wash her back. But when he reaches her, the smoke-filled bathroom leads into a classroom where Joel realizes he's missed his [=SAT=]s and his life is ruined.
* FocusGroupEnding- Much like ''PrettyWoman'', the movie was originally meant to be a DarkerAndEdgier exploration of prostitution, with Joel [[spoiler: getting denied admission to Princeton and probably breaking up with Lana]]. The studio wanted a feel-good ending, and it was agreed to let a test audience decide which way the movie would end.
* HeyItsThatGuy - Curtis Armstrong, Joe Pantoliano, and Bronson Pinchot.
** That was Richard Masur as the Princeton recruiter.
** One of Joel's high school friends is Raphael Sbarge of ''Series/OnceUponATime'' (Jiminy Cricket) and ''Franchise/MassEffect'' (Kaidan Alenko).
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold - Lana, eventually.
* HumiliationConga - Joel rarely catches a break as one disaster follows another, culminating [[spoiler:with his mom chewing him out for a tiny crack in that glass egg of hers.]] [[spoiler:Then his dad lets him know he's gotten into Princeton.]]
* IdealizedSex - Joel and Lana, especially the living room scene when the windows are blown open. Lana is apparently so hot, she somehow controls the forces of nature.
* IronicEcho - "Time of your life, huh kid?"
** Miles' advice to say "What the fuck" is bookended by Joel's dad saying "What the heck".
* IvyLeagueForEveryone - Considering Joel and his friends are coming from upper-income homes, there's actually [[SeriousBusiness a ton of pressure]] to get into Ivy League schools, with Joel having nightmares about not making it...
* AManIsNotAVirgin - Joel gets ragged on this by his friends, who pressure him into phoning call girls until he gets Lana...
* MassiveMultiplayerScam - [[spoiler:Joel suspects at the end of the movie that from the moment he was given Lana's number he was the mark for an elaborate scam: of Lana stealing Mom's glass egg, the accident with the Porsche, getting nudged by Lana into turning his house into a brothel, and Guido stealing everything from the house and forcing Joel to buy it all back. Lana's hesitant response to his question hints Joel might be right.]]
** And Joel [[spoiler:seems willing to forgive, because he knows he's learned from the experience, and it probably DID help him get into an Ivy League college. It helps that Joel also believes that Lana's genuinely in love with him.]]
* MeaningfulName - Joel ''Goodson''.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast - Guido The Killer Pimp.
* PimpDuds - Underplayed by Guido, who dresses much like a businessman except for the open collar and gaudy necklaces.
** Averted by [[spoiler:Joel, who goes trolling the streets of Chicago rounding up his friends as clients for Lana's brothel idea, with only CoolShades]] as his signature style and otherwise dressed very conservatively.
* RiskyBusinessDance - [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]]. This iconic scene is also an example of HarpoDoesSomethingFunny -- Cruise was just told to "dance to rock music."
* RomanceOnTheSet - Cruise and De Mornay lived together for two and a half years after meeting on the set.
* SexIsGood - pretty much any character who has sex for any reason ends up better off for it.
* SexyShirtSwitch
* StarMakingRole - Creator/TomCruise. To a lesser but still successful extent Rebecca De Mornay. The movie also established solid character role careers for Joe Pantoliano and Curtis Armstrong. Bronson Pinchot might point to ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'' for his career break, though...
* ToxicFriendInfluence - Really, most of what happens is Miles' fault.
* WildTeenParty - Subverted slightly in that the house is still in one piece after the party... [[spoiler:it's just that Guido the Killer Pimp stole everything the morning after [[OhCrap just as the parents are due home]].]]
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