Porky's Revenge (1985)
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*** (out of 4)
The third and final film in the series finds the boys of Angel Beach High School having to deal with Porky once again when their basketball coach gets into some gambling trouble. Between dealing with Porky the boys find plenty of time for various sexual acts. Look, you're either a fan of the PORKY'S trilogy or you're not. I personally love the series and grew up watching these movies so they certainly are special to me no matter how silly they are. This third film in the series isn't nearly as good as the first but I thought it was a step up from the good, if flawed, second film. I think what works so well here is that it's just fun seeing the gang back and getting into more trouble. Again, if you're wanting comedy in the style of Charles Chaplin then you're not going to find it here but if you enjoy toilet humor, sex jokes and plenty of nudity then this here really delivers. I thought the story itself was mildly entertaining for a film like this but it was certainly a major plus having Porky back in action. After the events in the first film it's just obvious that he really would want some revenge so this adds another layer of fun. As with the first two, there are all sorts of dirty sex jokes and I thought the majority of them worked. This includes the foreign exchange student, a pool orgy and the highlight of the film a sequence inside a motel room. The performances are pretty much what you'd expect from a film like this but the entire cast fit their roles nicely and deliver a good job. There's no question that the film has some major flaws throughout but fans of the series should find this to be a good way to close things out.
All the gang is back, just scheming away, with their usual tricks. With a chain of events that lead to the most outragously funny climaxs of cinema.
Porkys and Porkys Revenge are the movie viewings, with stacks of goodies on a lame movie night, this will certainly provide some spark.
10/10: This and Porkys should become classics.
Now, THAT is bad.
"Porky's Revenge", directed as it is by James Komack (yes, THAT James Komack, from "The Courtship of Eddie's Father"), tries to ape the original as much as possible in looks but just doesn't get it right; the material never finds the right tone of raunchiness nor one single scene that has as many belly laughs as the original (if you've seen the first one, you know what I mean).
And the "kids" in this one look just a hair shy on the ear lobe of collecting social security. Someone should have gotten a better makeup artist on the set, ya think? Jeez, guys; at least wear girdles or something!
But then there's Porky himself. Ah yes, Chuck Mitchell returns and is just as mean, nasty and... well, PORKY, as we remember. And when his little girl Blossom (Wendy Feign) falls for good old Meat (Tony Gainos), it's time for Pee-Wee (Dan Monahan) and the rest of the crew to kick into high gear and save their buddy from a fate worse than death - marriage.
Problem is, so much attention is paid to the plot (!!!) that there's no time for laughs, sight gags or even decent use of the foreign exchange student (Kim Evenson). What a disappointment; she even had a cute Swedish accent.
All in all, a big let-down, even from part II in the series (which was no great shakes itself, but at least kept Clark at the helm). This is one "Revenge" that just beats out Montezuma's for general discomfort.
Two stars. Hey, had to give them credit for the eventual fate of Miss Balbricker (Nancy Parsons). What do you know; those kids had a conscience after all.
After seeing all three movies a number of times, I have to admit that Porky's Revenge is the best one. The story: Set in the late 1950's, a bunch of boys with "sex on the brain" battle with their nemesis, Porky. Porky is a "southern gentleman" who runs an illegal casino/brothel situated on a riverboat. The boys have been wanting to make this man's life miserable ever since he embarrassed them in the first movie. So once again, they plot to destroy his operation once and for all.
The movie had some great scenes, like the pool party, the sneaking into a teacher's apartment and then seeing her and another faculty member doing S&M, and the basketball scenes. This one's script is a lot better and James "Welcome Back, Kotter" Komack does some decent direction. It's not very good, but it's watchable enough, I've seen this one about 7 times, including today.
One last note: Porky's riverboat casino looks like the insides of The Hard Rock Hotel/Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. I guess now we know where Peter Morton got his inspiration from!
i won't give it a strong recommadation, but i will give it a 6/10.
I won't comment on my favourite part so-as not to spoil it, although I will say that this held an excellent impersonation to an old concerned grandmother. Every time I watch it it goes on longer than expected there are several themes and mishaps to take care of in this film. An excellent setting and pick of cast.
I should give this film 7/10 but dont be put off! see this film as soon as you get the chance it's well worth watching! I would like there to be another out soon!
The humor and culture are a great time capsule for a lot of us who grew up in that era. Hollywood could never make this film now! But thank God there was no political correctness in the 1950s, or the early 1980s, for that matter. The result was some great entertainment.
The guys from Angel Beach High School are back and driving around in an awesome '57 Fairlane convertible! Poor Meat gets hooked up with a shapely but homely girl who turns out to be Porky's daughter. When Porky finds out she went "all the way" with Meat, it's shotgun wedding time!
Meanwhile, a bitchy schoolteacher has vindictively failed Meat so he wouldn't be eligible to play in the school's big game--on which Porky has bet heavily. Can Tommy Turner, Pee Wee and the rest blackmail their teacher with sex photos in time to make her reverse her decision? Will Meat become Porky's son in law and heir to the floating casino?
For the answers to these and other questions, watch the film!
I really like the first 20 minutes. It's irreverent and it's fun. I like the boys especially with Wendy Williams. The cheerleaders' party is fun. But the fun slowly drains away. There isn't only one cause. It stops being light fun. Also watching white guys play weekend basketball isn't the most compelling. It's not like they are terribly funny at it either. Wendy gets sideline and downgraded to a girl once again. The franchise is done.
Enjoyed myself, but the first Porky is the best. Still: (a small) 6 out of 10 for this one, too.
The first two were no masterpieces. The acting was pretty bad and the jokes were downright sick. However each one had some moments that made me laugh out loud. This one however has NOTHING! The plot deals with whether the boys (all on the basketball team) will throw the final game of the season or not to save their coach who owes Porky a lot of money. To put it mildly, that plot is as old as the hills. Also the entire cast of "teenagers" are quite obviously in the late 20s or 30s. NO ONE looks even remotely like a high school kid. Heck, they'd be hard pressed to get away as college kids! The "jokes" do have plenty of the expected female AND male nudity and have the kids laughing hysterically at someone getting humiliated. Also they play a very cruel and sadistic joke on Ms. Balbricker (Nancy Parsons). The thing is Parsons was such a good actress that it's uncomfortable to watch. Wyatt Knight also isn't bad as Tommy Turner. However Fred Buch as Mr. Dobish overacts to a truly embarrassing degree.
I will say a few good things about this--it was reasonably well-directed and all the "kids" have good bodies so the nude scenes aren't unbearable. But this has a stupid plot and unfunny comedy. This one (rightly) lost money at the box office and we were sparred any more Porky movies. Even if you're desperate this isn't worth watching. A 1 all the way.
It looks as if her career did not make it into the insipid '90s.
Her bits in this installment are absolutely necessary, and they have a certain fame.