5: Risky Business

This week, Tom Cruise becomes a star in Paul Brickman’s tale of capitalist ennui and sock-slides, Risky Business. Is it all a dream? What happened to the original cut of the ending? Has Alastair already peaked at the trailer game?

Content Warnings: misogyny, sexually explicit language, sex work

Unanswered Questions:

  • Was it all a dream? But… was it?
  • How does the film work as a teen empowerment fantasy?
  • How much of Cruise’s on-screen persona is already evident? Which elements are still missing?

Further reading:

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