Risky Business- a film about a teenage boy who has the whole house to himself, and he gets into all sorts of trouble. Starring Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible III), Rebecca De Mornay (Raise Your Voice), and Joe Pantoliano (Larry The Cable Guy: Health Inspector). A very well done teenage film, that I can totally re-watch again. Its Tom Cruise as a young actor, and before he really rose to success. Good watch indeed.
My answer to "Which movie character would you like to be?" has and always will be Tom Cruise in "Ricky Business".
He's rich, looks like Tom Cruise, gets to run a brothel, drive a Porsche and have sex with Rebecca De Mornay...'nough said?
“Hancock” is not a bad movie. In fact, Hancock is a good movie. Problem is, it doesn’t really know what kind of movie it is.
The way Hancock was thrown around in the trailers, you’d be forgiven for thinking this would be a blast to watch. A drunken superhero, running around L.A., destroying public property and causing millions of taxpayer money in damages while catching a couple of shoplifters seems like tons of fun, especially when said superhero is Mike Lowrey and the Fresh Prince.
However, this is not the case. The way the movie was marketed was a staple of Hollywood Summer Blockbuster Target Audience publicity. When “Fight Club” came out, the geniuses at the distribution company marketed Fight Club as a summer blockbuster action thriller, targeting the teen and early 20s demo. Said teens went, saw, didn’t like (understand?) told their mates and boom, Fight Club sunk at the box office.
Here though, the fault can’t be placed on the marketing folk alone. The movie itself is torn in half.
It starts out in full comedy mode, with Smith being a downright asshole (just don’t call him that to his face…) to everyone and everything, but still saving the day in the process. It then follows into a somewhat rushed plot development involving a publicist trying to get him to fix himself, but starts showing some pretty bleak undertones.
By the time the first reel is over, the whole thing becomes just another superhero existential angst movie with a pretty decent twist coming in at some point – you can see a
twist coming from miles but not quite what it is.
The being said, they actually pull it off!
Smith once again after “I Am Legend” shows some acting chops in the more dramatic bits, the rest of the cast follows well enough (Charlize Theron looking absolutely fantastic as always) and the story does have a fair bit of bite into it to keep you hooked long enough.
What’s really annoying is that this seems like such a wasted opportunity.
“Empire” magazine reports some much more comedy-oriented early drafts and the whole “drunken misanthrope stuck in a people-filled environment/job” scenario is ripe with tons of quality comedy.
The comedy bits are ok as they are and the drama bits are fine, but they just don’t stick together well enough.
Give me Willie from “Bad Santa” with superpowers, a sleazbag fast-talking publicist a-la Colin Farrell’s Stu from “Phonebooth” and I’ll bet you you could get at least an hour’s worth of great comedy plus a good serious ending.
Worth A Look
Not bad by any stretch, but it’s just such a missed opportunity for a great comedy role for Smith. Instead it’ll just lose itself in the superhero shuffle.
like the plague. Thou shalt always make fun of and berate this flick with all thy heart.
Not Worth It
"It" being a cinema ticket. If it's a dvd a friend brought over for a night with mates, might as well.
Worth A Look
Nothing special, but a decent night out at the movies.
A good movie.
A really good movie.
If this was a wrestling match, it'd be ***** of Greatness.