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If someone were to make a 2015 version of “Risky Business,” it would be a lot like “Dope.” I don’t know if one inspired the other (I don’t research movies, I watch movies) but the similarities are eerie. I liked both immensely, but let’s focus on “Dope.” Straight-A high school kid takes a walk on the wild side, Straight Outta Compton-style hijinks ensue and the kid learns a little something about himself. I especially loved it when one of the kid’s sidekicks is wearing a vintage University of Miami jersey, No. 43 – Larry Brodsky, who went to my high school.

 

Before becoming a megastar with “Top Gun,” Tom Cruise made several teen-type movies. They all have dark undertones. “Risky Business” (1983) serves as a bridge between Teen Tom and Megastar Tom. There’s the darkness (suburban white boy lives with smothering fear that one little mistake could ruin his “future”) as well as the blueprint for his early megastar films (suburban white boy who’s seemingly had all the breaks gets confronted by Real Life and has to grow up in a hurry). It’s a good film. Very 1980s. The odd mix of Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano and Bronson Pinchot co-star.