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Why all the hype? Whoever made up the slogan, "The funniest movie about growing up ever made," lied to you and me. A group of high school students try to get into a brothel named Porky's to get laid, but run into problems with the proprietor (Chuck Mitchell). Whenever these guys are not getting laid, they cook up some mean spirited pranks. Not very much to laugh at. My evaluation: *1/2 out of ****.
A group of young men are in high school and, as always, are interested in
only one thing. They go to Porky's night-club to get laid but Porky makes
fools of them, takes their money and throws them out. The boys go on with
their antics but keep revenge on Porky at the back of their
I enjoyed American Pie and Something about Mary even though I thought they were stupid and tasteless, why? Simply because they were funny. So when I eventually go round to seeing this film I assumed that I'd feel the same way. Plot barely matters here but it's worth noting that the plot of `revenge on Porky' is tagged onto the start and the end. In between are tonnes of stupid antics round school. This isn't a problem because who cares about the plot in these things yeah? What matters is that it's funny. And that's the problem for me.
It isn't very funny. It has it's moments, Balbricker demanding a penis line-up is one but that's about it. The rest is so dumb and puerile that it isn't funny. The antics are tired but they are very basic and show no real planning or humour. It may be partly the fact that it almost 20 years old but still, I found it to be one of the most basic teen comedies I can remember seeing.
I any of the cast went onto be stars then I certainly have never seen them. Only Cattrall was one I knew now. She plays a horny woman who screams like a wolf during sex the best thing about her performance was that I was amazed that she'd been typecast for about 20 years! The rest of the cast are very average and we have the usual bunch of jocks, nerds etc having fun and learning to stand up to adult injustice etc. It's not very inspiring at all.
Overall I'm not a big fan of this type of teen comedy but I do find them funny on the whole. Sadly this isn't very funny. It has a couple of funny scenes or moments but really the rest is pretty thin on laughs. There was plenty of stuff I knew should be funny but I just didn't laugh. The Porky's stuff is mainly at the start and end and in-between feels like a run of gags that aren't joined together by anything. Like I said- juvenile, puerile and just not that funny.
Just plain awful 1980s product that could make the case for worst film of the decade (of course it would have considerable competition from its two sequels). Definitely one of the most popular messes the cinema has ever experienced as "Porky's" oinked at the competition in 1981 and dominated the box office. High school hi-jinks at the most perverted and tasteless level. Need I say more? Turkey (0 stars out of 5)
I was completely embarrassed to watch this movie. I remember how all the kids in my 7th grade class snuck into the theater to see this movie. they would come back to school and talk about this movie endlessly. I finally saw it on HBO and I wondered what I missed. The humor wasn't even funny by mistake!! The characters were physically, morally, and socially unattractive. What was all the laughing about? Every scene in the movie had the characters laughing like "fat albert and the gang." Did I miss something? I guess this must have been the directors idea. Putting the laughing inside the movie in lieu of "laugh tracks" must be more realistic. Maybe the director knew that he was directing am awful movie with no humor so he has to remind the public that they paid money to laugh. With all that said, I must admit to watching it subsequent times when I have nothing better to do. I do this just to remind myself that if things ever get bad in my life, I can at least say that I had nothing to do with the making of this horrible movie.
because i found this film too unfunny to watch. As the film starts with a
group of teens about sex, there are other conflicts on the way, such as
bigotry between two students, parental abuse from one of the guys, and
revenge on a fat owner name Porky who doesn't know that the kids are
underage. I saw American Pie and i found it more with joy to watch because
of the love of the characters and how funny the situations were. Plus, there
was a parent in American Pie (Eugene Levy in a cool role), that actually was
concerned about his son and his ways of sex.
It has some moments, but be more serious.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
One of the more popular of a spate of these college-sex comedies was
Porky's from director and screenwriter Bob Clark. Why? Who knows. About
two scenes bring real hilarity. The rest are silly, crude or
No one from this film, in front of or behind the camera, went on to do anything big, except perhaps Kim Cattrall. Wasn't she in some of the "Police Academy" movies? And what else did she do again?
**Post dated note that Kim Cattrall has now found much success in "Sex and the City" so I guess I have to eat my words**
Saturday, November 27, 1999 - Video
Every once in a while I like to watch something so silly I can forget my own problems. I remember seeing Porky's in the theater twenty years ago at he age of 19. I just saw it again now at the age of 39. Porky's is still a hoot. You will laugh so hard your tummy will hurt. This film is NOT for children to see nor hear. This film contains full frontal male nudity and full frontal female nudity and sexual content. The second film is Porky's II: The Next Day (1983), followed by Porky's Revenge (1985).
I remember Andy Kent Kern (this was his name) telling me about the scene
"Porky's" in which a guy pokes his penis through a wall in a woman's
room while we were waiting in line to go ice skating at Ellenberger Park.
were in second grade. I had a sheltered childhood and hadn't seen
but the idea was nevertheless hilarious to me. Why would anyone stick his
penis through a hole in a wall, I wondered. I guess I've carried the
of that initial tantalizing curiosity with me, and this is why, after 18
years, I finally rented the movie and found out what Andy Kern was talking
about. It really was not worth the wait.
"Porky's" is pretty much a raunchy comedy for anyone who found "Animal House" too sophisticated. Filled with a cast made up of "Summer of '42" rejects, "Porky's" goes along as if using the word "rubber" and the occasional appearance of boobs is enough to fill an hour and 40 minute movie. Sure, it strives for a little depth by sprinkling in anti-Semitism, abusive fathers, and a revenge subplot, but it really wasn't enough to keep me interested. I actually got up to get a snack during the shower scene.
Here's the one thing that bothered me about the movie the most: Why would Pee Wee hang out with those guys? They do nothing but ridicule him and don't make a single attempt to help him attain his, um, goal until the very end of the film. Aren't there some other guys in this school?
I rented this on DVD, and, although I appreciated the widescreen format, the transfer was crap. The sequel also appears on the flip side of the disc, but I don't think I'll be watching it.
This film reminded me a lot of American Pie, which is to say, if I had
watched the films in the correct order of release, American Pie is a lot
like this film. This film has a lot of gross out comedy, it goes on and on
about sex, it is a bit stupid but it is pretty funny. There are only three
thing that Porky's misses. The first is a moral, which both American Pie
and American Pie 2 have (true love) or a grand theme (like FREEDOM and FUN
in Road Trip). The second is a real cool character, like Steve the
Stiffmeister' Stifler in American Pie or E.L. in Road Trip (all three times
beautifully performed by Sean William Scott). Third and least, Porky's
misses a good script, which means, that there are times in which the film
kind of falls flat and gets a bit boring, because people are trying to
create a good story where there is no good story. The jokes are good though
and not too gross enough (not going over that line, which Freddy got
Fingered passed with terminal velocity).
6,5 out of 10
This movie is loved by many who saw it as teenagers. I saw it somewhat
later in life (last night), and, man, I hated it. This is one behemoth
of a bad movie with no redeeming quality to it. Sorry, all you
The story centers loosely around a group of high school juniors and seniors who are all played by actors who are roughly ten years older. In the case of the girls, fifteen years older. Some seem to be pushing menopause. Others have brought along their children and grandchildren. One of the gang, Pee Wee, is desperate to get laid, others are peeping into the girls' shower (allowing us, the audience, to finally cop some T&A) and end up getting busted by the aptly named coach Ballbricker (geddit?), two teachers have it off and she (played by Kim Cattrall of Sex And The City, who somehow, throughout her career, consistently managed to get the part of the cute sexpot) howls like Lassie, and another plot involves some of the gang getting thrown out of a strip joint by the evil Southron Porky (hence the name of the movie) and his Southern Sheriff brother, and then taking revenge so epic and disproportional that it makes the bible's seventh son of a seventh' son rule look conciliatory. Some depth is added by addressing the weighty issues of antisemitism ("How do you know to fight so well?" -- "As a Jew, it's either that or having to eat sheet. I don't like sheet." -- "How often did you have to fight before?" -- "First time." -- "So what was that talk about the difficulty of prevailing as a Jew about?" -- "Never mind, let's get on with the movie."), violent rock'n'rolling fathers, and pig-ugly fat prude cock-blocking sports coaches with 'double-entendre' names.
I found the plot arbitrary, ambling and pointless, and the humour puerile, scatological and boorish. I felt like Jesse Jackson at a clan rallye. I didn't like the fact that men share a woman and discuss her sexual eccentricities among each other, I don't think it's good, clean, harmless fun for boys to peep into the girls' shower and stick their private parts in, or to collectively lose their virginity at a brothel or by group-banging a prostitute, or for a girl to have it off with a boy she doesn't fancy but merely at the behest of a group. I wasn't offended or anything, I was just bored.
Like I said, if you have fond memories of watching this movie in '82 in a packed house, good for you. But right now you'd need a time machine to enjoy it.
PS: I thought that the actor playing Pee-Wee, Dan Monahan, looks like the spitting image of Ally McBeal's Peter MacMillan. I had to look them up here at IMDb to find out they're not identical. PPS: The movie has three redeeming features: the Porky's neon sign, Porky's pink car, and the car's horn which makes the sound of a squealing pig. Cool!
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