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A group of horny high-school pals visit Porky's, a redneck bar in the
Everglades, where they have heard that they can pay to get laid. After
they are ripped-off by the bar's obese owner and his brother, a corrupt
sheriff, the friends decide to take revenge.
Porky's was one of the first American teenage sex comedies to be a major hit at the box office, but I find its success rather perplexing. As a coming-of-age story, I think the film works well enough: the nostalgic setting and strong sense of camaraderie is certainly appealing, while the bitter feud between the teens and the Everglades rednecks, and a subplot that deals realistically with the issues of racism and family violence adds drama to proceedings. I do, however, find the film's raunchy antics nowhere near as funny as its characters, and director Bob Clark, obviously think they are.
The 'Mike Hunt' telephone gag which has the teens in stitches isn't that hilarious, or original, having been conceived in the mid '70s by pranksters John Elmo and Jim Davidson; the repeated jokes about penises soon become very tedious; and as much as I enjoy seeing a young Kim Cattrall without her kecks on, her 'Lassie' scene is embarrassingly bad and far too drawn out. Clark seems to think that if his characters roll around in uncontrollable fits of hysterics for long enough, it'll eventually have the audience laughing along with them. Not in my case I just found it irritating.
Porky's, the 1981 sex comedy, was popular among teenagers, and maybe some teens today might like it, who knows? But this movie IS NOT well made at all. The acting is so- so at best, the script is dull and poorly put together, and the characters are just stupid annoying teens who are SEX OBSESSED. I absolutely hated the characters in this movie, especially the main guy that is trying to lose his virginity. The amount of nudity and just disgustingly sexual scenes in this movie is almost shocking. For example, the shower scene where a teenage boy sticks his **** through a hole in the girls shower room, and the big female teacher comes and just grabs it! Eww! That wasn't even funny, it was just gross! That is what porky's suffers from, it's just not funny, it's just a bunch of horny teens doing nasty things and trying to outwit some sleazy night club owner. It's boring, dull, and poorly written. There are some sex comedies that are funny, this is not one of them. 2/10 for Porky's.
The first American Pie film and its subsequent sequels were the 'gross
out' teen films of my generation and I have gone on to enjoy all of the
main American Pie films (except the direct to DVD offerings which were
all beyond awful). I was therefore surprised how much I disliked
Porky's (considering the fact that the central idea from American Pie
has been lifted from Porky's - the only difference is that in American
Pie they make a pact to lose their virginity before Prom night). I
think what made the Pie films better was that the writers seemed to
make more of an effort to develop the main characters and I think for
that reason it made it easier to identify with them.
In Porky's rather than giving us characters we can identify with or relate to the writers give us characters that, at best we are unable to connect with, and at worst are going to end up hating. Many of the jokes in the film are crass without being funny and much of the dialogue is clumsy, irritating and unfunny. The writing is also very uneven whereby it starts out as a bunch of high school kids wanting to lose their virginity and then that concept is all but abandoned in place of gaining revenge against ol Porky himself. I can perhaps understand the change of tone as I was losing interest in their quest as well so perhaps the writers did too. This shift in tone admittedly makes the second half of the film slightly better than the first half, but it's still pretty weak - although I did find the final act quite amusing even though I could see it coming a mile off.
Some people may condemn a film like Porky's for its lack of subtlety, but I think that's probably a little unfair (that's a bit like criticising a porn film for having poor acting or a lack of plot). The sign for Porky's that we see at the start is beyond suggestive, but to me much of the humour felt a little forced rather than feeling natural.
The performances from the cast are variable - none of the male leads are that good and are rather forgettable. Kim Cattrall isn't given much to do in the first half, but she does have one memorable scene in the second half (she looks good here too). Nancy Parsons is the scene stealer in this film as the feisty PE Teacher who's aptly named Balbricker.
Ending on a positive note there were a couple of scenes that I did enjoy; the shower scene with Balbricker was funny as was the aftermath of the event. The prank call to the diner was quite funny as well even though I'd heard the joke before. Porky's is more than likely where the creators of The Simpsons got their idea from with Bart's prank calls to Moe.
All in all Porky's isn't completely terrible, but there are nowhere near enough laughs to warrant the running time. I can (and have) watched The American Pie films (particularly the first 3 films) over and over again, but I can safely say that watching Porky's once was more than enough for me.
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It's 1954 Angel Beach, Florida. Pee Wee Morris is the butt of the
jokes. Meat is the muscle bound friend. Tommy Turner and Billy McCarty
take the guys for a night out with Cherry Forever. Then they play a
prank on them and Pee Wee ends up running home naked. Redneck friend
Mickey Jarvis suggests going to Porky's. The boys get embarrassed by
Porky and his sheriff brother. Back in school, Tim Cavanaugh picks on
Jewish Brian Schwartz. Tim has anger issues from his biker father.
Brian defends Tim from his father and they become friends. Billy, Tommy
and Pee Wee go to peep on the girls' showers and coach Balbricker
catches Tommy by the penis. Coach Brackett finds out why Miss Honeywell
is called Lassie. The boys come up with a plan to take revenge on
Porky. Finally Pee Wee gets his time with Wendy Williams.
There was Animal House in the beginning. Porky's takes it up a notch. Some complain about the denigration of women but one of the best character in the movie is Wendy Williams. If the women are denigrated, Pee Wee is the most ridiculed of them all in the movie. It is rude and crude and a harbinger of things to come. Also it's the friendships that make the movie great. The cast has great fun chemistry together.
"Porky's" isn't at all what I was expecting, and that's the real
disappointment. Part of the reason is that it's Bob Clark, and that
movie's not nearly as funny as "A Christmas Story". Along with that,
the VHS box (saw it a lot as a kid) left me to believe there'd be a lot
more nudity than there really is (a surprising deficiency). For a horny
teen comedy, there have to at least be some hot chicks, right? All we
get is a shower scene full of breasts. One scene. Seriously? It does
have Kim Cattrall, but she's criminally underused, even at that point
in her career. But what's the point of aiming at the sex-crazed teen
crowd if you're running short on tits? At least supplement it with
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I remember in junior high the shock and excitement about Porky's! The forbidden pleasure concept is out of date. With internet porn, cable, every other sex comedy trying to out do the other with toilet humor Porky's is tame and or lame by today's standards. The nudity and pranks/stunts are used in mainstream comedy. (ie The Hang Over) Even a few of the concepts would never be used with today's 24 7 cable news, with sexual predators, hazing incidents etc. Anyone peeking in the girls showers in today's environment would be a candidate for intense counseling. The male bonding, and pranks of the 1980's are of a gone by era, where a hand shake after a fist fight was common. I like the music, and had a few cheap laughs from Porky's which was low story line. The story-line of messing with Porky got across as lame for anyone who remembers the, sinister, Harlan DeGroat character from Out of the Furnace movie. Overall six Porky's out of ten.
A grubby but mildly entertaining comedy whose target audience is its
own characters, a crowd of horny teenagers whose quest to get laid
leads them into the titular strip club and a feud with its owner.
They're not a particularly likable bunch, but the fun they have rubs off; their constant laughter is infectious, particularly during the scene in which the girls' gym coach tries to explain her plan to identify a student by his 'tallywhacker' while the guys in the background are helpless with laughter. Genuinely funny gags are thin on the ground, however, as are decent performances, although a couple sneak through the slimy tone and gratingly juvenile humour.
Best viewed before you're old enough to get your hands on real porn.
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A film from my youth that I will never forget for various reasons.
Looking at it now, years later, it still has a certain charm, like a
tribute to true folly of youth. And it even contains a few lessons in
manners to some, if you will - but most of it's just adolescent
hormone-driven fun and I can't help but appreciate it just about
enough. The Lassie-scene is classic, the cabin-in-the-woods sequence
just as much, and it actually goes on for a while, but i'll stop at
Beulah trying to get a 'tallywhacker' line-up together, with the men
laughing right beside her.
The acting may not be the best, but it's all done enthusiastically and it seems to have been as much a blast for the cast at the time as it was for me back then to watch. Back in those days I'd given it a much higher rating, but 6 out of 10 from this old sod will do today.
this film reminds me of what it was like growing up a bit. I know it will reveal my age now.. well on to the movie,, Porky's came out when I was 12. so 30 years later I watched it again, I still love everything about this movie,, all of the locker room gags.. the hole cut out in the wall of the women's shower room,, the female teacher who grabs the boys willy and tries to yank it out of the hole.. I liked the whole idea of the bar set out in the Everglades in the middle of nowhere, the character of Porky himself,, that was something else,, the way he and the other roughnecks at the bar , treated those poor kids,, just trying to get laid.. one of the kids keeps going back and back for more punishment, poor thing just keep returning getting beat up time after time.. well the boys decide they finally had enough and they all set out to Porky's one last time,, you will have to watch and see what happens,, it's definitely a heck of a ride.
First Time I saw this movie was 6 years ago and it was not TV, I
actually shocked that never heard even seen this movie before.
I was in my bed night ready for bed, I did movie started, I could not stop laughing at all (This 12am , everyone else in house was sleep) I did wake them laugh my Head off.
I found the whole movie funny from start to end, Yes some these Joke can ready rude at times.
I yet this movie dose some very mild nudity scenes, which not on for too long.
The acting was great from whole cast, I can't believe I saw this movie SO late in life.
Next Day I brought this on DVD back to Back with Porky's 2
10 out 10
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