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Some fifteen years ago, my then-teenage nephew coaxed my sister into
renting this for him and after dinner we plunked it into the VCR. Ten
minutes later my mother declared it "UNSPEAKABLY VULGAR" and stomped
out of the room while uttering dire warnings about the fate of those
who exposed themselves to such puerile material. Well, Mother was
right: it is puerile, maybe even to the point of being unspeakably
vulgar! But it's also a lot of fun.
The plot is lightweight: a group of sex-crazed Florida high school boys desperate to lose their virginity try to do precisely that by visiting Porky's, a swamp-water red-neck brothel and general den of iniquity. When they get robbed and beaten up by Porky and his minions, they plot an elaborate revenge that is... well... sure to bring down the house!
The plot is really just the string that holds together a series of elaborate practical jokes--the sort of jokes you always heard about when you were a kid and wondered if any one ever really could pull them off. The largely no-name cast, especially Dan Monahan (Pee Wee, so named for his, er, shortcomings), Kaki Hunter (Wendy, the high school floozie), and Nancy Parsons (Beulah Balbricker, the Godzilla of girls' gym teachers), play it with an engagingly light touch--and somehow manage to give it an aura of innocence that adds to the movie's charm.
The film drags a bit due to the script's well-intentioned but ho-hum subplot concerning the racism a Jewish boy encounters at Angel Beach High School, but that aside the comic episodes are a laugh riot--and it's impossible to describe them without giving the fun away. There's Cherry Forever, the discovery of why Miss Honeywell is called "Lassie," the truly hilarious and infamous girls' shower scene and its aftermath in the principal's office... just one after another, thick and fast. It will never make any critic's shortlist, but if you're looking for mindless lunacy done with a youthful innocence, PORKY'S may just be the film you're looking for. The DVD has near-zip in the way of extras, and although it is offered here in pan-and-scan there are widescreen prints available. Recommended for that rainy afternoon when you want to remember what you wished your teenage years were like!
Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer
OK, this movie wasn't as funny watching it now, as it was when it came out. A lot of comedies suffer from this, most don't have the staying power of dramas. But some of the scenes, say, the shower scene for instance, are all-time comedy classics. Now, I wasn't around in high school in the 1950's (70's for me) but it seems that most of the characters behaved like '70's people instead of '50's people. Okay, maybe the boys were much the same, but the girls? I'm thinking of the "Wendy" character played by Kaki Hunter. Were ANY high school girls so openly slutty back then? Anyway, "Porky's" belongs in everyone's collection. Grade: B+
If you are looking for a cinematic masterpiece, then Bob Clark's comedy
about a group of teenagers at Angel Beach High School is not for
However, if you are like a majority of people who like a damn funny movie for pure entertainment purposes, then "Porky's" is definitely worth the rental or purchase price.
Clark's 1981 film about Edward 'Pee Wee' Morris and his basketball buddies at Angel Beach is the quintessential teen comedy. Its raunchy, very adult in its humor and nature and hilarious, especially in the gymnasium scene.
While this is not Clark's best work (see 'A Christmas Story') this is a far cry from being as awful as others believe it is. Go in expecting a laugh or two, and you will be satisfied beyond belief.
It's too bad none of the cast became big stars like in other movies when this movie came out it change a lot of things I seen a lot of porky's rip offs like screwball and a lot of others. Now part 2 and 3 was any good but thats what happens when you trying to be greedy.
Sex comedy set in the 1950's with a bunch of horny male high schoolers out to "score," any way way they can. It's all sex humor, but the film works and has loads of fun along the way. A fun appearance from Catrall. Followed by a sequel in 1983.
In the distant future, historians and archaeologists will scratch their heads about what started the collapse of Western civilization and culture. One day they will dig up a copy of "Porky's" and they will shout "Ah ha!"
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Some people would like to forget the South in the 50s. but Porky's
won't let us forget (At least the "lighter" side of it). Whites hated
just about anyone that wasn't like them--even if they were white! They
didn't like Jews, adolescents, Negros (preferred word deleted), and
women were just objects of sexual desire. But--there were virtually no
sexual outlets--even Playboy was considered pornography in many areas.
This lead to a lot of sexual practical jokes by both peers and adults
on adolescent males. People were not any hornier then now they just had
no place for it to go.
"Porky's", although way over the top in the prankster area, really, more than any other movie, really capture the flavor of the fifties and was definitely an American comic classic. It's too bad they didn't show the fire hoses and the police dog's it could have been the next "Gone with the Wind!"
A year before directing the cult yuletide comedy "A Christmas Story", Bob Clark wrote and directed this marginally seamy romp involving horny 1950's high school boys in Florida who are eager to score, running afoul of a nefarious roadhouse owner and his sheriff-brother. Clark shows lots of enthusiasm but no ingenuity, and the hammy, obnoxious cast continually chortles at their own unfunny antics. Clark's script, full of names like Pee Wee and Cherry Forever, curiously seems stuck in a nostalgic time-warp (it's like a dirty "Happy Days"). The picture is leering and lascivious, and yet harmless enough to attract youngsters. A big hit in its day (never underestimate the power of comedic sleaze), it was followed by sequels in 1983 and 1985. *1/2 from ****
Porky's, the 1981 hit about hormone raging teenagers in 1950's Florida is a hillarious film from start to finish and is a rare gem in comedy history. Considered by many (including me) as the original "American Pie" this film has many hillarious moments ranging from the infamous "shower scene" to Pee-Wee and his desperate quest to lose his virginity and the equally hillarious outcomes. If I was to pick the best comedy about teenagers and sex it's a no brainer that I would pick Porky's over American Pie anyday. The reason I would pick Porky's is because it is just a hell of a lot funnier than American Pie and has a lot more substance. I recently was able to purchase this great film at Blockbuster for only $9.99 on DVD and I was happy I was able to find it. Overall this is a film you can watch repetedly and it still remains to be funny. OVERALL: 10/10
Watch this then watch American Pie and see how far raunchy teen comedys have
come in the last 20 years. AP was much more modern and seemed much more
realistic than Porky's.
This movie was not that great. They set it in the 50's. Why? What was wrong with the early 80's? Sure the shower scene and the school admin scenes were great, but other than that there wasn't much here. The scenes where they go to Porky's are dull. The one where they tear it down is pointless, it seemed like they just tried to add some kinda plot to this movie. All in all I think it deserved a 3. I'd like to see the gang from MST3K tear up this one. It's a mystery that this film is considered a classic.
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