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Porky's

By Keith Simanton

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.

 

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"I enjoyed all the Porky's. Especially the first one. These are the funniest movies I have ever seen. Not that many people liked Porky's, but I loved it. They were awesome movies. They are good movies to where no one had to smoke anything in it. I loved all the characters in the movie, but my favorite character was Mickey. Pee Wee was crazy. That's what made him so funny. Roger Wilson is a gorgeous hunk. Everyone else is too, but he's so hot!"

--Jessica Evans

"I never saw Porky's when it first came out, but caught it on cable a few months ago. I cannot believe how funny it is. It is a shame that most of the actors are hard to locate today, they were wonderful. Just wish there would be a Porky's 4 in the making...maybe a school reunion!!"

--Audrey

"Wow! Porky's was probably one of the funniest movies to come out of the Awesome80s. As a coming of age type movie, I put it right up there with "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "Valley Girl". I can still see President Eisenhower's portrait on the Principal's Office wall during the "tallywacker" incident...Priceless!"

--Marc C

"I was 10 years old when this movie came out. I was in New Mexico visiting my cousin with my grandparents. My cousin who was 18, wanted to take me to see it. That was a big deal to me because I had never been to see an R rated movie. So I asked my grandmother if I could go. She said yes because she thought it was about Porky Pig."

--Jeff



 

FILM FACTS

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Director: Bob Clark

Stars: Kim Cattrall, Scott Colomby, Kaki Hunter, Nancy Parsons, Alex Karras, Roger Wilson, Susan Clark, Dan Monahan, Mark Herrier, Wyatt Knight

Released: March 19, 1981

Availability: DVD VHS


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