- Awesome Music:
- Bob Seger. "Old Time Rock and Roll." If you got the hardwood floor, you may strip to your underwear, socks and pink business button-shirt, and proceed to dance.
- The soundtrack by Tangerine Dream. Especially a signature track "Love On a Real Train."
- Best use of Muddy Waters' "Mannish Boy"... well outside of GoodFellas.
- Mixed in are songs from that time period by Journey, Prince, and oh yeah Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" which was required by law to be on every soundtrack between 1982 to 1987.Joel's Dad: A preponderance of bass, perhaps?
- Best Known for the Fanservice: The movie is remembered for two things: The "Risky Business" Dance, and Rebecca De Mornay's sex scenes with Tom Cruise. (Well, men who were teens when the movie came out remember them fondly. They may seem a little tame by today's standards.)
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop: "Sometimes you just gotta say 'what the fuck'." Ok, cool, Fortune favors the bold and Joel gets his college admission, but considering all of the (mis)adventures of the movie happen because he also decides it's okay to have sex with a prostitute...
- Heartwarming Moments: When the Princeton interviewer is going over Joel's school records, Lana is standing nearby listening to all of the things Joel's done to get his chance at a good college. The look on her face suggests she's seriously falling in love with Joel.
- The following scene where she offers to take Joel to the city's Elevated train so they can "make love on a real train" when Joel is upset that he failed getting into Princeton. And the way the scene is filmed makes it seem less about sex and more like actual love-making.
- When Joel's father approaches him at movie's end to let Joel know he made it into Princeton, and that he's genuinely proud of his son.
- Just Here for Godzilla: Most will go into this movie only having seen the iconic "Old Time Rock and Roll" dance, so they watch the movie for this scene, and expect the movie to have that similar upbeat tone, but that scene occurs early in the movie and everything that follows fits more into the Crime/Drama genre than it does '80s Comedy.
- Signature Scene:
- Values Dissonance: Unprotected sex with hookers = harmless fun/male rite of passage. The movie came out just before the HIV/AIDS scare went nationwide.
YMMV / Risky Business