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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!"
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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.
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 ****.
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)
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 movie is the only one I've walked out on in over 20 years! It's supposed to be a comedy, but it's not even funny. I like lots of "silly" movies such as Animal House, Caddyshack, and the like. This movie is just dumb!
Porky's is a comedy entirely based on humiliation. Therefore, when the
jokes occur, we cringe, rather than laugh. There is no character
development, or even any true sense of fun to speak of while watching
Porky's. But then again, if you have a cruel sense of humour, and find
humiliation funny, you may enjoy this raunchy teen comedy. If you're
looking for any kind of originality or cleverness you certainly won't find
it in Porky's, a raunchy, sexist 80s comedy disguised as 1950s nostalgia.
Serious filmgoers avoid at all cost (unless you're interested in the kind
social criticism I so obviously relish.)
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