“ Genre: Comedy / Theatrical Release: 1981 / Suitable for 18 years and over / Director: Bob Clark / Actors: Dan Monahan, Wyatt Knight, Chuck Mitchell, Kim Cattrall ... / DVD released 2005-06-20 at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL „
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I have to say this was not my film choice but hubby was going on about it saying that it was hilarious so I finally gave in and sat down to watch it. One thing which was putting me off was the fact that me and hubby do differ in what we find to be funny but I have to say he was totally right and at times I was crying with laughter at this film.
The film is set in Florida in 1954 and we have a mixed bunch of friends all trying to loose their virginity. As their previous plans have failed the boys all decided that they will travel to the next state to visit Porky's bar and strip joint but as they are all underage this is going to be a hard task. In the meantime as they are making plans to go we have the boys getting up to all sorts and annoying the teachers.
Eventually they head off for Porky's and after showing their ID's they are allowed in but soon things go wrong when they ask to see Porky to arrange for some time with a few of the girls.
Will the boys ever get to loose their virginity and will they be able to get their revenge on Porky?
I have only given a very brief outline of the plot for this film as I did not want to spoil any of the laughs for those who may not have seen this film yet. I have to say I was expecting this film and storyline to be along the likes of American Pie and the similar films which all seem to have been made over the last 5 or more years but luckily it was so much better. The storyline is quite basic and really is centred around a bunch of horny school boys but the way it comes across really does make for some excellent laugh out loud viewing.
The main character in the film were all very good, they were all quite mixed which made it more appealing and did give the storyline some slight depth. The ones which really stood out for me were Pee Wee played by Dan Monahan, Billy played by Mark Herrier, Tommy played by Wyatt knight, and Meat played by Tony Ganios. For me these were the stars of the film. We did have a lot of supporting actors and actresses in the film including the likes of Kin Cattrall who also gave good performances. The chemistry between the boys was good and made for much better viewing as it seemed more genuine and real when they would be talking about sex and women as with wooden acting this would not have worked at all.
The humour in the film come sin all different shapes and forms, we have silly names for the school teachers, for example the gym teacher was called Balbricker and for me this was a super childish laugh. We also had lots of silly one liners and jokes and even down to the way they would walk and talk about the subject of sex made me laugh out loud. There are a few pranks pulled in the film and these really are hysterical and I was crying at one point in the film. There is a more serious side to the story which is based around one of the character and I am pleased to say that none of the humour takes away from this fact.
The film was made in 1982 and this is so apparent right from the opening scene. The clothing was a joy to see and I loved the old fashioned props and cars which were used. It really gave me a good feel of the 80's in America. Despite this film being nearly 30 years old I think it would easily out do and sell the recent comedy films which have been based on the same subject of boys getting laid and loosing their virginity as this film was the original and I don't think it could ever be re made or beaten.
The running time of the film is 94 minutes and I found this to be a great length as the storyline moved at a good pace and did not get boring at any time. The film does have an 18 certificate and I do definitely agree with this as there is a lot of bad language, sex references and nudity. The DVD is available for just a few pounds on site such as Amazon and EBay.
Overall I have to highly recommend this film as it really is hilarious. The storyline is quite basic but this helps with the fact that not much concentration is needed so you can just enjoy the laughs. I do say that no one under the age of 18 should be allowed to see this film and it is definitely one for when you want a dam good laugh.
Porkys is in many ways, along with the likes of American Grafitti, one of the early teen films that examined life, love, and in the case of Porkys, most prominently, sex. It's a cultural milestone and is also apparently due for a remake soon. It's got some many memorable scenes and iconic moments that it makes up for its overarchingly crude content with.
The film concerns a bunch of kids in the 1950s as they each attempt to lose their virginity, with middling success. The characters are varied and very memorable. They include Tommy Turner, a charming but cheeky youngster who is frequently embroilled in a feud with the gross and overbearing teacher Mrs. Ballbricker. Probably the most memorable character, though, is Edward "Pee Wee" Morris, a nerdy and socially inept young man who measures his penis daily and has an overbearing mother. He attempts to frequently woo Wendy, a girl who frequently flirts with and plays with him. Their group also includes Anthony "Meat" Tuperello, a hulking young man who leaves girls wondering why he is called meat, and always wants to show them why. There are also a few other characters, such as the requisite redneck, token anti-semite, and the one kid who actually is the voice of reason.
This all makes for a funny mix, with numerous zany situations, perhaps most famously as they attempt to spy on the girls shower room, resulting in the police being called and a hilarious interrogation sequence taking place. This may be crass and not all that smart but it has an interesting context and has so many gags that whilst some miss, a good wealth of them hit!
Is it crude? Yes. Is it childish? Damn right, but it's a lot of laughs, and serves up a slice of American Pie-for-the-80s that is surprisingly liberal for its time.
Released four years before I was even born (1981), Porky's is a high school comedy that was directed and written by Bob Clark, and runs for ninety four minutes. The film stars among others Dan Monahan, Mark Herrier, Wyatt Knight, Roger Wilson, Cyril O'Reilly, and Nancy Parsons.
The film is based in Florida in the year 1954, and evolves around a group of high school students. Tommy, Edward, Mickey, Billy, Tim, and Anthony, come to believe (through their quest to lose their virginity) that they can hook up with a prostitute at Porky's which is a notorious bar. Things don't go as planned and after Porky takes their money and throws them out into the swamp, the group decide to get even with Porky and his brother the Sheriff through any means possible, while also continuing with their usual chaotic causing routines in school.
One of the main settings for the film is in a high school, but not the usual perfect lustrous high school you often see in today's movie, it more of a typical down to Earth average sort of place that far closer to reality and therefore creates a certain sense of realism for the viewer. It also address issues that very few teen movies these days would even dream of doing, issues such as racism, intolerance, and corruption, while they do take a back seat to the comedy elements of Porky's they add another dimension to the film.
Porky's laid the foundations for what was to become the standard for teen comedy movies that we are surrounded by today. The film isn't as polished as American Pie, and perhaps that's what makes it better, it's less perfect and is not meant to be taken completely seriously as a film, if you can see past a few errors and not expect too much, you'll see just how funny and at the time original the film was.
There really are some brilliant and unforgettable scenes throughout the movie, a few that come to mind are the snake in the toilet, the hard boiled but raw egg, and the shower scene which most would easily remember. Above all else however, Porky's works very well as a comedy, as while some of the jokes are predictable they are all extremely funny. If there was ever a laugh out loud film this is it.
All things considered I was actually pretty impressed with the acting from the cast, as they all delivered a hilarious but also realistic performance especially Nancy Parsons who played the brilliant 'Balbricker.' Not to forget Kim Cattrall and her role as Miss Honeywell (also known as Lassie for the way she 'howls' during sex.)
The biggest disappointment was in the lack of any special features on the DVD (any would have been nice), and also the fact that it offers only 2.0 Sound, instead of a more enjoyable 5.1 Surround.
I feel that Porky's deserves some credit for its entertainment value, sure it's pretty crude and even demeaning in places, but it is really brilliant at times and I often feel that this is a film that is often overlooked and judged unfairly. Considering it costs less than four pounds it's definitely worth the cost.
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Bawdy, tacky, but most definitely funny, Porky's was American Pie for the 1980s - but has it stood the test of time?
On recently revisiting this romp about the sexual (mis)adventures of a group of 1950s American teenagers, the answer is that it has.
Sure, some of the jokes are tired and there you can see the punchline coming from miles away on just about all of them, but the characters are neatly drawn and there are some cute social observations on that chapter of American history.
There are canny observations on the prejudices of the time, something modern films of this genre are all-too keen to avoid for fear of stirring controversy (not to mention distracting from the gags).
It's also worth watching if you're a fan of Kim Cattrall's work in "Sex and the City" and want to see her in all her youthful glory, playing a seemingly a tailor-made precursor for her later television incarnation.
All in all, Porky's is a decent knockabout film with just about the right mix of jokes, gratuitous nudity, and storyline, with some historical comment thrown in.
Directed by Bob Clark, 'Porky's' is a film which was originally released way back in 1982. Two sequels followed in the form of 1983s 'Porky's II: The Next Day' and then came 'Porky's Revenge' in 1985. It's now over 25 years since the release of the original film; understandably it has considerably dated and I'm sure that it was a lot more shocking to audiences back in 1982 than it is now in 2008. 'Porky's' is a teen movie which deals with the exploits of six sexually frustrated teenage boys; some of the films scenes will have you in tears of laughter, others however will see you raising a yawn. 'Porky's' is the film to blame for all the sex teen comedies that have been released over the years, it's a gross-out comedy and at its time was a really quite innovative concept. Crudeness levels are nothing here compared with what you'll find in similar films of this sort today, it's still quite funny though and really must be given some sort of respect for having pioneered the whole gross-out teen comedy genre.
Six teenage high school lads currently only have one thing on their mind; having sex. It's all they can think about and everything that they do is driven by their hormones and absolute lust for the teenage girls of the school and some of the more attractive female teachers also. These six individuals all live in Angel Beach, Florida and the year is 1954. One day the group travel out of town to a bar run by a man named Porky; the bar has the oh-so original name of Porky's and the teenagers believe that they will here be able to hire out some prostitutes. Porky is not the nicest of bar owners in the world, he promises the teenage boys 'a night to remember' though and in this respect he does stick to his word. The boys don't get quite what they bargained for, furious with having been humiliated they then begin to plot their revenge.
For the most part 'Porky's' is just a string of fairly unconnected sexually related scenes and the Porky's bar element of the film does not emerge until quite late on in the films progression. There are some really rude and notable scenes here, ones that when you watch them you genuinely will laugh out loud; often however the film progresses with limited energy and very little to keep you truly entertained. There's no denying that you'll never forget some of what you see here; there's one scene involving the girls shower room for instance which will forever remain engrained in my memory. If you've seen the film then you'll know exactly what I'm talking about here, if you haven't however then I'm certainly not going to go and spoil it for you. Whilst 'Porky's' is at times incredibly funny, it's not consistently excellent and you spend a lot of time here waiting for the next punchline to come. The films plot is limited, it's not the best story ever told but it's still quite funny to watch.
Whilst many films of this sort achieve the fairly mild '15' certificate, 'Porky's' outdoes the vast majority of its peers in being rated an 18. The reason for this? Displays of absolute full frontal nudity. Male nudity is shown here as well as female nudity and it is this that earns the film its 18 rating. It's nowhere near as extreme as other films of this nature in most areas, 'Porky's' certainly doesn't hold back in its sheer display of nudity however and there are here many scenes of a visually sexual nature.
Despite the comedy nature of this film, 'Porky's' actually covers some extremely important moral ground. It looks into the racist nature of the society of the time, the issue of anti-Semitism, and also the subject of an incredibly corrupt police force. Serious issues are dealt with well here, the film is set in 1954 and peoples viewpoints within the film therefore reflect this. It's a comedy that knows when to be serious, it doesn't take political matters too lightly but never is the film overly serious either. The balance is spot on here, the contrast works well and really helps to further the enjoyment that can be gained from watching this film.
Kim Cattrall is the lady whom all the lads lust after here, she plays the role of P.E. teacher Ms. Honeywell and her strong sexuality contrasts well with the more macho figure of Ms. Balbricker played by the late, great Nancy Parsons. Kim Cattrall flaunts her sexuality well here, she plays her part to perfection and it's great to see her away from the 'Sex and the City' role which she is now so well known for. Dan Monahan is another notable performer here in his role as Pee Wee, he plays his sexually inexperienced part strongly and is incredibly believable as the hapless teen. He bears the brunt of all five of the other teenage guys jokes, he's not the coolest of the pack but they love him nonetheless. All others cast within this film are not great in their roles here; they're okay, nothing spectacular however and for the most part their performances are really quite forgettable. You'll find yourself forgetting the on-screen names of many of those involved in this film; character names are not too important here however and the main strengths of 'Porky's' are in its great comedy moments and fine exploration of important political issues also.
Taking inflation into account; 'Porky's' remains to be the most internationally successful Canadian film ever made. 'Porky's' is sure-fire proof that sex does indeed sell, it shocked audiences of its time and although a little tame by today's standards it still has its moments and is still quite a funny film to watch. Plot progression is not a strong point of 'Porky's', it's really quite weak in this department but does at times provide some super funny scenes. It's not exactly a laugh a minute, 'Porky's' has its moments however and it is this that makes it a fairly enjoyable film to watch. Time has not treated 'Porky's' too kindly, it takes a lot to shock in today's society and the world is a very different place to what it was back in 1982. 'Porky's' is an okay film, there are a lot better out there than this but it does provide for quite a fun 94 minutes of viewing entertainment. I would recommend this film in a way in that it's nice to see where the whole teen movie gross-out genre began, it's no classic though and whilst some films will always be great; 'Porky's just isn't so shocking anymore, and half the films original appeal was surely in the fact that it was so daringly different and shocking at the time of its cinematic release in 1982.
Porky's can currently be found at Play.com at the bargain price of £2.99 (Or can be bought as a part of the Porky's 1 And 2 (Double Feature) for £3.99).
Director: Bob Clark
Runtime: 94 mins
BBFC Rating: 18