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Riskier Business

Last night I watched Risky Business on Blu-Ray which had the Original Ending as a special feature. I had never seen it before and I found it to be pretty interesting.

Basically the ending is almost exactly the same: Joel gets into Princeton, The Egg is still cracked, and Joel and Lana still appear to end up together.

The major difference is in the tone of the final moments of the film. Instead of the clever scene where Lana and Joel are talking in the park and he jokes with her about how much SHE owes Him and however will SHE pay it ends in the restaurant with Joel confronting Lana about her responsibiilty in the robbery of his home and her she says she wasn't part of it.

In the final moments of the film now, while still in the restaurant he calls Lana over. She comes over and they embrace. With him on her lap "Joel's voice-over" starts "My name is Joel Goodson. I deal in human fulfillment. I grossed over eight thousand dollars in one night. Isn't Life Grand?" (With an obvious downbeat on "Isn't life grand".) The camera has a long shot of them still embracing and the end title starts.

I realized how much it changes the overall tone of the film. I never realized how they were all working for someone else. Lana for Guido, and Joel for his parents. In the final moments of the movie it was almost more about them trying to escape from all of that so they could do somethign for THEMSELVES instead of making everyone else happy.

In the land of what ifs, I can only wonder how well the movie would have been received with this ending vs. the feel good one. I know I for one hated the "Original" ending of Clerks, but with this one I don't know. I liked it. Maybe i'm just TOO dark when it comes to these sorts of things though..


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Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
I the "original" Clerks ending the one where he dies?
Yeah, it's a totally different film that way.

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