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Porky's will forever go down as the ultimate teenage movie that came out of the 1980's. The movie has the perfect combination of comedy and sexual situations. Kim Cattral's scene in the boy's locker room is still embedded in my mind to this day.
This flick was a classic. No morals here for sure. Sad but funny. Dan Monahan was very funny as Pee Wee. Meat, oh please! The gym scenes, Miss Balbricker grabbing things, oh please! Very farfetched but funny. Sadly, most of the story dealt with the pressure Pee Wee felt about getting laid. As if getting laid makes would make him a man and give him confidence. Any High School flick always generates thoughts of when we were all in school. When this film came out I was in High School myself and so was my wife. As a matter of fact, Dan married my wifes cheerleading coach, and voted for my wife to be a cheerleader at cheerleader tryouts! Yes, she's a fox! Flamio.......
A down and dirty comedy filled with pranks of all kinds. A group of guys in the late 50's or 60's trying to get laid is what the film is about. Not much substance, but one of the funniest movies ever and with a few memorable characters. Belongs in everyone's movie library. 7/10
Although I am NOT familiar with the sequels to the movie, PORKY'S is by far one of the greatest teen-age sex farce movies ever. All I have to say is that it was a major inspiration for Kevin Smith (of Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy and Dogma fame) and is still a major influence in the lives of teenagers today. From what I've read about Kevin Smith, MALLRATS was an attempt to bring back that entire attitude about film making and making movies that critics will probably hate but those that kids will love more. If you are a lover of 80s movies, do yourself a HUGE favour and rent this movie because it is wonderfully incredible.
Now, I saw American Pie and thought it was one of the funniest movies I've
seen in a long time. There's only one problem.......
it's only, in my opinion, a nineties version of Porky's!
This movie is the teen practical-joke movie by which all others are judged!! It is simply the wackiest movie I ever saw. For those of you who have not yet seen it, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!!!!!!!
Porky's is a blast to watch and it's unique. The characters, most notably Pee Wee and Meat, are guys that YOU would wish to hang around with at school. 10 stars!
How can the people vote an average of 5.5 on this movie?. Its not fair. I propose everyone to watch it again (I saw the 3 "Porky´s" movies more than 4 times) and then re-vote, because this movie deserves better ratings. Now you will think: "this movie is offensive and it´s sexual content is too much for me". Even if you are 90 years old, don´t tell me you didn´t think of doing (or didn´t do) what Pewee and friends do in this film because I don´t believe it. Now, look at Porky´s again; now pay attention to a pair of scenes in it that are antological: the one in the girl´s shower-room (I can´t describe it, you have to see it with your own eyes), and the one that comes after it (the gym professor telling the school director what happened in the shower-room). And I can count more like them. I think this movie is worth a look (and then some).It is hilarious and addictive (just read the other user comments about it). I don´t understand why there were no more "Porky´s"; they are essential to my mind and for everyone´s too. So please you people: be more open-minded. I give this excellent film an 8.5 out of 10.
Certainly not the worst comedy I've ever seen, but there's more misses
than hits here. Even though there aren't a lot of laughs, Porky's
contains a couple iconic scenes (shower scene, PeeWee running naked
down the road) that keep this one from being a true stinker. Tolerable
after a few beers.
Unfortunately, most of the jokes are old and stale or obvious with too long of a set-up. "Mike Hunt" may have been hilarious in 1953, but not in 1981 and certainly not today. The opening scene where the boys are naked waiting to get laid and a black guy jumps out with a knife seems to go on forever and the joke is spoiled before you even get to see it. We already know what's going to happen because they tell us and sure enough, that's exactly what happens. The film makers are violating some basic rules of comedy here.
And even the much lauded scene where the two gym teachers have sex scene is likewise ruined. Gee, I wonder why they call her Lassie? Why might that be? Now having said that, a young and enthusiastic Kim Catrall saves that scene from being completely dreary.
And what's the deal with the characters laughing like hyenas all over the place? There's nothing worse than someone trying to tell you a joke who can't spit it out because they're laughing so hard. Funny for them, not for you. Watching this movie, it's pretty clear that the people involved were having the time of their lives. Unfortunately that doesn't necessarily translate to a good time for the audience.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
In the early 1980's, I attended Leroy D. Feinberg, an elementary school
located on Washington Avenue in South Beach (for those not familiar, if
you've heard of Ocean Drive, Washington Avenue is one street over).
Behind Leroy D. there was a large white building that used to be an
adult school; some of our classes were held there. This building was
also the set of Porky's. I was too young to see Porky's in the theater
had to wait for that all-important late-night cable sneaky-view a
staple of teenagers in Generation X. I loved what I saw, but what boy
wouldn't? You talk about sex a lot, and show naked girls, any teenage
boy is gonna be smiling. And I felt a connection to it because it had
been filmed at my school. But recently, for fun, I've been re-watching
movies that meant a lot to me as a kid. Some, like Risky Business and
The Sure Thing, still hold up. Porky's, though, doesn't hold up, but it
is interestingly odd.
First off, they don't make them like this anymore. This kind of unabridged sex urges and casual racism doesn't fly in the PG-13 world. In many ways, these kids' (who bordered on actually being 30 when the movie was filmed!)racial attitudes are both despicable and realistic given they're supposed to be 50's era high schoolers. There's a scene at the beginning where three characters discuss the plan to hire a "N-word" to scare the others in a prank; yeah, two of them scold the southern boy for using the word, but it's a casual scold and then answer, yeah they "got one." Their description of him is even more offensive, right down to his low-level labor-status and gold teeth. There's another scene where two of the kids tell the Jewish kid that, hey they're sorry about the racism of their friend, but he ain't a bad guy and they gotta support him because, you know, he's their bud. The casualness of all this is shocking the film kinda accepts it as correct which it is, given the era the film is representing, but still. This is a comedy and it's bordering on maybe being too accurate in the worst ways.
This doesn't make the movie evil, though. Bob Clark wrote and directed a slice of life film that got the reputation for being the daddy of all high school sex flicks. It is a sex comedy, but I think it's also a 50's era portrait of high school. It's not well rendered on that level, but it is that. And so Clark incorporating racism and casually dealing with it isn't offensive on that level and to be fair to him: In the end, the characters bond with the Jewish kid. He does try to come out on the right side of things.
But the weirdest part of the film? It's acted and shot in a way that the majority of the characters are difficult to distinguish; if you noticed, so far I haven't named any characters, because I can't remember them. Save for Meat or Pee Wee, named for their, um, god-given abilities, it's tough to remember these characters' names. I think that has to do with the big three: the writing, acting, and mainly the direction unlike most films aimed at teenagers, Clark avoids cloying musical interludes, close-ups and punch-line dialogue instead he films group shots with a lot of overlapping speech, offhand jokes, and laughter (have you ever seen so much on screen laughter in a movie? I haven't and I admit, it works it does make a lot of scenes seem funnier, especially the tally-whacker inspection scene). If you think about it, either Clark's techniques here are unexpectedly arty or incompetent and make the film uninvolving on a character level (probably both). It's a slow film, too, with often telegraphed from a mile away jokes that still many times hit, somehow (case in point: the screamer. Who couldn't see the joke coming Clark takes forever to get to it and yet, it does end up getting some chuckles.) Outside of those chuckles, though, what's left for a modern audience to enjoy? Not much. It's a raunchy comedy with a slow pace, little music, and remote, often boring personalities played by actors who look like they're in grad school rather than high school; it contains casual racist and sexist attitudes that are bound to un-funnily offend because they aren't underlined and loudly pronounced bad. The Regan Era was the last time that the 50's could not only be romanticized, but tolerated. That era of segregation and conformity has passed us by, thankfully(it had cool cars, though). Rock n'Roll was a sign, as were the Beats, that something was off in this decade for so many, and no matter how much Regan wanted to paint the 50's as the perfect America, he was bound to fail; nostalgia for this decade worked from the early 70's into the 80's because of all the strife going on, but eventually, I think people realized or remembered a lot of that strife happened because of the 50's way of thinking. Porky's was a Regan Era film thru and thru which ironically, he would have hated. But nowadays, like the 50's itself, it seems racist, sexist, and a little slow.
When I first saw the ads for this film in the theater, I thought it
looked like yet another absurd, stupid, juvenile comedy.
Then the producers made the astute move of airing commercials showing brief interviews of people leaving the theater after having just seen this movie. They were all smiles, and universal in explaining just how funny they thought it was. It sold me and my wife and I tried it.
The movie was indeed at times absurd, often juvenile, and one of the absolutely funniest movies I've ever seen. It may well have the single funniest scene in any movie, ever. (Ms. Ballbricker explaining to the principal and the coaches about her desire for a 'lineup'. If you haven't seen the movie, this doesn't sound like much. Watch it and see. You'll turn red and be holding your stomach for all you're worth before the end of the scene).
When you feel you are in the mood for a sometimes silly, often raunchy, but VERY VERY funny movie, put this on some Friday evening. You won't be disappointed.
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