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Reviled by critics and embraced by the public during its initial run (1981), Porky's is interesting to watch after all these years. What holds up about this horny coming-of-age tale is remarkable. Writer/director Bob Clark has little more than sex and practical joking on his mind, and his high school seniors from Angel Beach, Florida, rapidly move from one to the other. Clark displays a sense of timing and, perhaps rarer still, a sense of male friendship--its brutalities and its bonds--that feels right, not artificial. Surprisingly, the showcase practical jokes are still funny: the Everglades encounter with Cherry Forever, the hole in the girls' shower, and Beulah Balbricker, the humongous gym teacher. The comedic set-ups and payoffs surprisingly still work. Clark's insistence on a subplot about anti-Semitism, however, still sticks out as A MESSAGE. Kim Cattrall really got her start here (although almost no one else did) as Ms. Honeywell, a.k.a. "Lassie." Clark later distanced himself from the irritating Porky's sequels and went on to make the wonderful Christmas Story, the tale of a little boy who wants a BB gun for Christmas. --Keith Simanton
Porky's II: The Next Day
The inevitable sequel to the surprise hit movie marks a noticeable change in tone, as the horny kids from the first film fight religious fanatics in order to put on a stage show. Though the gang is still as mischievous as they were the night before, most of the raunchy humor from the first film has been dropped. In its place are some surprisingly effective passages dealing bluntly with sex, love, anti-Semitism, and religious tolerance in the repressed South of the 1950s. It's this turn that makes the sequel a surprise and something distinctive from its predecessor. --Robert Lane
Bare breasts, practical jokes, greaser hairdos, and cars with big fins--it must be another Porky's movie! Porky's Revenge continues to fuse sexploitation and 1950s nostalgia, though by this point the adolescent hijinks feel a bit rote. On the verge of graduation, Pee Wee, Meat, and the other three interchangeable guys (winnowed down from the larger gang of the first two movies) try to help their basketball coach out of a jam by revealing to the authorities that fat, foul-tempered Porky has rebuilt his illegal casino/whorehouse--but when they get caught, they promise Porky they'll throw the state championship to save their lives. This flimsy plot is intertwined with other disconnected bits about Pee Wee having the hots for a foreign exchange student (Playboy Playmate Kim Evenson), Meat being forced to marry Porky's daughter, a contraband stag film, a biology teacher with a sideline as a dominatrix, and of course the eternal presence of women's coach Beulah Balbricker (Nancy Parsons), that towering mixture of prudery and repressed lust. Writer/director Bob Clark had nothing to do with this sequel, so it's unsurprising that the genuine fondness he brought to the characters is long gone; now they're just generic horndog teenagers. Still, most fans of the series rate this one higher than Porky's II: The Next Day. --Bret Fetzer
Top Customer Reviews
Still for anyone who has ever grown up with these films or is just getting into them, coming across the entire trilogy on DVD for a good price is a great opportunity. If you are in your local Wal-Mart and you find it for $[...] I wouldn't pass it up (that is if you haven't bought it used on Amazon.com).
The first movie will always be iconic for the shower scene and Kim Catrall's "Lassie" scene both of which were hilarious. The follow up to the shower scene in the Prinicpal's office was also great. The second and third movies, while not as good as the first, were okay follow ups with really the main issues with them being all the actors being way too old to be able to buy them as high school seniors.
Ultimately the movies are what they are. They are definitely not for everyone, and are somewhat outdated now. But they are classics in the teen comedy genre, and although they take on serious subject matter to an extent, the movies never take (nor the actors involved) ever seem to take themselves too seriously. The only drawback to the set was the lack of special features. They are mostly on the first disc, and include a film commentary and 15 min feature with Bob Clark explaining how he got the movie made and a short feature on the role of the movie as a coming of age film. On the other two discs you mainly just get the trailers.Read more ›
ridiculously stupid. Porky's is the exception to that rule. Porky's is extremely funny and as close to being just like what might happen with
high school kids as you can get. I loved these movies. This is a must for any comedy fan's library.
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LOL's at the first original. the subsequent trilogy, or part two and three..well...like all, or most part two/three continuations, boring.Published 8 hours ago by Big critic or supporter
I remembered it like it was yesterday, the greatest movies of the early 80's. The first time I saw Porkys I was 10 years old, yeah not age appropriate, but my older sister took me... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Peter Dolly