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Risky Business, Directed by Paul Brickman

Warner Bros., August 5, 1983 (US)

Screenplay: Paul Brickman

Starring: Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay

I shall: be a good son, study real hard, never make a mistake or disappoint, get accepted to Princeton, not jeopardize my future, play it safe, keep my hands off Dad’s stereo settings, obey rules, maintain perfect standing as a Future Enterpriser, use my best judgment, watch the house while my parents are away, water the plants, keep Dad’s car in the garage, eat my vegetables, abstain from having a good time in the privacy of my own home, resist temptation, never tell a lie about who I am, remain calm under pressure, just say no, accomplish something, save money, make money, help friends, outgrow my fascination with trains, pick my parents up from O’Hare on Saturday on United Flight 162 at 3:30 P.M.

Miles (Curtis Armstrong): Joel, you wanna know somethin’? Every now and then, say, “What the fuck.” “What the fuck” gives you freedom. Freedom brings opportunity. Opportunity makes your future.

I: say “What the fuck,” disregard rules, eat TV dinners, drink whiskey and Coke, crank the stereo high and dance around in my underwear, masturbate, water the plants, give into temptation, phone a hooker, lie and tell you my name is Ralph, lose my virginity, feel betrayed, jeopardize my future, get chased by Guido—the killer pimp, get in way over my head, get stoned, regret taking the Porsche out of the garage, miss two finals, scramble to fix my mistakes, cry and seek forgiveness, go back to high school to learn something, see that two people can help one another, trust, start a business of human fulfillment, make more money in one night than any Future Enterpriser could dream, take a ride on the “L” that derails plans to abandon locomotive fascinations, experience life without guilt or doubt or fear, see an enterprising future, emerge from the shadows of my parents, forget to drive to O’Hare, prove myself a man.

Lana (Rebecca De Mornay): Are you ready for me, Ralph?

Yes, Lana. Yes. I am ready.