“Risky Business”

Risky Business” is a blueprint for teen sex comedies, and as such, it is appropriately sweet. The parents go out of town, and the son gets ambitious about enjoying the house while they’re gone. He goes too far, of course, and spends the last bit of the movie racing around trying to fix everything before they get home. Somehow, everything goes perfectly right for him, and by the end of the movie, his life is a whole lot better than when we started. He even gets the girl – a prostitute – although for the sake of the romantic aspect, the movie downplays her occupation. For all intents and purposes, she’s just a “girl next door” type who happens to be a call girl. She falls for him just as readily as he falls for her. And of course, she’s beautiful.

The movie is light-hearted and innocent, about as much as is possible for a movie that involves a giant for-profit sex party featuring a bevy of prostitutes and their high school-age customers. The crude jokes are just germs of cruder jokes to come (in movies like “American Pie”), and by today’s standards, they are essentially PG.  There’s plenty of language, but it’s used as a youthful freedom. The characters speak the F word because their parents aren’t around.

“Risky Business” makes it seem as if it’s genuinely fun to make a ninety-minute sitcom about a high-school boy. It pretty well typifies a feel-good movie. Every loose end gets tied, and everything goes as right as it possibly could have. I’d love to see the dark comedy version of this, where the boy gets a couple of STDs, the pimp cracks his skull with a baseball bat, and his parents ground him for the summer when they find out what happened. But this version, the fairy tale version, is pretty enjoyable as well.

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