Porky’s (1982)

Porky’s (1982)

“You just got to show them who’s boss.”

When a group of horny teenage boys are thrown out of a sleazy strip joint named Porky’s and a corrupt sheriff (Alex Karras) damages their car, they vow to get their revenge.

Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:

  • Comedy
  • Revenge
  • Teenagers
  • Virginity

Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this “smutty juvenile comedy” centering “on a group of jerky high-school boys who have sex on the brain” is amazingly “unfunny”, with “all the humor… vulgar and sex-related.” The characters are “repulsive”, the acting is “awful”, and director “Bob Clark’s idea of a good joke is having one character embarrass himself/herself sexually and having lots of other characters stand around laughing.” However, given what a “phenomenal commercial success” this flick was (and the cult following it continues to maintain), film fanatics should probably sit through it once. Good luck.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • A surprisingly serious subplot in which a boy (Cyril O’Reilly) deals with both his abusive father and his anti-semitism

Must See?
Yes, but simply for its cult status and infamy as one of the first of the “Teen Sex Gross Out” films.



One thought on “Porky’s (1982)

  1. Grudgingly, a must. Not because it’s all that memorable – it isn’t – but it’s a perfect example of a film that’s not as bad as its rep, and is instructive as crowd-pleasing fare with a difference.

    I had actually never seen it. But I avoided it til now cause I recall it had been given low ratings (1 star) in a number of places – and always assumed it was the kind of film 15-year-olds would consider must-see.

    Which, in a sense, is true. However, the way similar films these days treat the subject of juvenile sex, ‘Porky’s’ may come off as downright quaint.

    Needless to say, perhaps, I don’t find the film all that vulgar. Sure, it’s sex-drenched, but that’s really a fraction (surprisingly) of what the film is.

    If I don’t find it very funny, that’s probably because I’m gay and much of the humor comes from the not-very-bright antics of straight white boys.

    That said, there are actually a few funny sequences: I love the showdown between Kim Cattrall as the allegedly virginal Honeywell and Nancy Parsons (memorable from ‘Motel Hell’ two years prior) as Beulah Balbricker – a tensely entertaining exchange. As well, Parsons shines in her own showdown with a very game Eric Christmas when she’s determined to ‘bring to justice’ the boy she may very well secretly have the hots for. (You decide.) The opening sequence – which sets the film’s ‘tone’ – does have an amusing, all-too-familiar, everyday, teen-boy occurence set to amusing, counterpoint lyrics sung by Patti Page.

    A year after making this film, director/writer Bob Clark brought us his adaptation/collaboration of Jean Shepherd’s ‘A Christmas Story’ – a perennial favorite which airs every Christmas, generally all day long (at least on TNT). ‘Porky’s’ shares that same nostalgic, episodic feel.

    Overall, it’s a well-produced film. Rather predictable and with few surprises. But, ultimately, harmless really, and with more on its mind than ‘one thing’.

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