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Porky's [DVD]
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 10 October 2007
They don't make 'em like this any more. No, really - I'm not just being nostalgic. While this is a funny (and sometimes side-splitting) film, there's a couple of things that set it apart from the teen-sex-comedies of nowadays, American Pie and the like.

Firstly, it's set in a regular American high school - it's set in Florida, but there's a sense that it could be anywhere really - it's not a rich, glossy, place filled with what look like models, just filled with regular guys chasing after regular girls. You identify with these people. Secondly, it's quite open about the downsides of the time and place - the violence, racism and anti-semitism - and this gives it an edge which is completely absent in a film like American Pie.

But the comic setpieces are wonderful and totally memorable - the shower-scene must be every adolescent guy's fantasy, the scene with the black guy terrifying the life out of the guys is genius, the incident with Kim Cattral ("hooooooooowwwwwwwwll!") will have you in stitches, the battle-axe teacher is straight out of Hattie Jacques territory and played with brilliant eyeballing ferocity ("It's got a mole on it!"), while Peewee is a character that's at once completely pathetic and totally engaging.

This isn't sophisticated or witty, but it has a vibrant, lively vibe that's really engaging. Good stuff!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 1 October 2008
My teenage years just wouldnt have been the same without Porkys. It makes me laugh just the same every time i watch it. The eggs, Cherry Forever, the shower scene, the headmasters office, Mike Hunt, Lassie, etc... are possibly some of the funniest in film history. Really! The headmasters scene is brilliant, i wonder if you can get outtakes or interviews with the cast yet? The film is also very grown-up about certain issues and makes you think. Not always going for the laughs it deals with the more sensitive issues expertly well. Brilliant. Classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 August 2014
A group of horny teens are constantly looking for ways to get laid especially Pee Wee Morris who's still a virgin.Hilarity ensues as we follow them on a series of misadventures.Porky's is a true classic of it's type,full of many laugh out loud moments and a great script.Standout moments include Cherry Forever,where she says to Pee Wee "what do you use for a contraceptive?A peanut shell and a rubber band!"And "we'll have to strap a board across his ass or he might fall in",Mike Hunt,Lassie and the legendary principles office.Easily the funniest film in this teen sub genre one you'll want to revisit time and again.Thanks for reading and I hope that you enjoy the film.
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on 5 March 2012
These days, sex comedies and gross-out movies abound, ploughing an ever-deepening trough of brainless smut. But Porky's was different. Sure, we're not talking a sophisticated, nuanced work of art - but it doesn't need to be to achieve its aims of entertaining us with high-school situations that most people can relate to. What sets Porky's apart from so much dross is its way with the characters, who are for the most part likeable. Writer/Director Bob Clark deserves a lot of credit for creating people who we will actually care about and believe in - pretty rare in a genre where most film-makers seem to think that audiences are so dumb (or stoned) that by merely by serving up lots of nudity/fart gags, etc, they are doing enough to justify the price of admission. Unlike so many of these films, Porky's has a quiet sense of nostalgia, and even a morality that would surprise the prudes who routinely condemn such films.

Porky's remains a very funny, sometimes touching look at high school life. The sequels are also worth watching, if not quite as good. I'd highly recommend the box set, The Ultimate Collection, for its extras, particularly the documentary with Bob Clark. Revisit these early 80s movies, and enjoy them again.
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on 30 December 2010
For you lovers of American Pie ..... it was all being done thirty years ago. When I was a teenager this was the "must see" film of the day. There are so many highlights its impossible to list them all. You will need to watch the movie to understand them all in context but in particular you will be close to tears at a very young Kim Cattrall in the "gym mistress howling from the locker room" scene, Peewee trying to do the boiled egg trick to Meat, the gang lining Pee Wee up for a sexually enlightening session with a prostitute only to get the fright of his life, the teachers discussion with Miss Ballbricker about holding a trouserless line up to identify the boy who pushed his todger through the overflow in the girls showers and so the list goes on.

American Pie, Dude Where's My Car, Road Trip, Van WIlder .... none of those films would have been produced if Porky's hadn't blazed the trail and created its own genre for purile, smutty, teenage movies. Its still as funny today as it was all those years ago. Watch it and prepare yourself for aching sides.
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I remember watching this movie many years ago, when I was young and stupid. Now, being old and equally as stupid, I decided to revisit this 80's gem to see if it still had the power to crack me up. I am happy to report that it most definitely has. There are many laugh-out-loud moments....(the 'Lassie' incident, anyone?), but for me, the scene in the Principle's office 'post shower room' is the jewel in the Porky crown. I literally ached afterwards! Insanely, I replayed the scene 3 or 4 times, a decision my ribs and stomach muscles regretted considerably! If you haven't seen this movie yet, and you are into the bawdy humour of the American Pie type comedies, then I can strongly recommend that you put this on your 'must see' list. Porky's [DVD] Brilliant!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2014
The limitless exposure of jelly-wobbling front-bumpers and the glistening flash of furry young tail, has us all of a quiver, and certainly puts lead in the old pencil... but having said that - YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE SOMEONE TO WRITE TO!
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on 25 January 2014
The plot of Porky's is of course wafer thin. Sex starved teens after sex. There's also some type of revenge plot going on with the owner of Porky's who screwed them over. But the success of the film is that the kids playing in it play if for laughs. The whole cast come across as if they are having a ball and really enjoying themselves and this comes over in the film. There are plenty moments of laughter- 'has anyone seen Mike Hunt?'

All in all Porky's the very original one is very good and holds up well. Look out for a young stunning brunette by the name of Kim Cattrall.
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on 21 June 2014
This film is an all time classic. This is what inspired such films as American Pie. If you've never seen it before do yourself a favour and watch it immediately.
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