We follow a bunch of high school kids through a period in their puberty. Their lives mainly consist of watching the girls in the shower and making life a living hell for their teachers and for each other. The movie is packed with practical jokes and eccentric characters, like Pee Wee with the short dick (which he measures every morning) who met up for sex with the school \"mattress\" Wendy already wearing a rubber, or the fat teaching bitch Beulah Balbricker who is determined on making life a living hell for the boys. The name \"Porky\'s\" is the name of a striptease bar the boys get thrown out of and humiliated in in the beginning of the movie. They have their minds set on revenge, but that\'s not easy as the owner\'s brother is sheriff. Only by forgetting their internal differences can they defeat Porky and his gang.
Dan Monahan ... Pee Wee
Mark Herrier ... Billy
Wyatt Knight ... Tommy
Roger Wilson ... Mickey
Cyril O\'Reilly ... Tim
Tony Ganios ... Meat
Kaki Hunter ... Wendy
Kim Cattrall ... Honeywell
Nancy Parsons ... Balbricker
Scott Colomby ... Brian Schwartz
Boyd Gaines ... Coach Brakett
Doug McGrath ... Coach Warren
Susan Clark ... Cherry Forever
Art Hindle ... Ted Jarvis
Wayne Maunder ... Cavanaugh
I can certainly understand adults not finding this film as funny as adolescents will. This story of high school buddies trying to infiltrate a Florida brothel in the 1950s is neither classy nor sophisticated.
It is, however, quite funny. Just sit back and watch the group of pals playing tricks on each other and sticking together when things turn serious. Watching it today brings back memories of some of the stupid things me and my high school friends did back in the late 1980s and early 1990s. We all tried to get into strip clubs before we were 18. We didn\'t see any trouble with breaking the law as long as nobody got hurt. We all were out to have a much sex as we possibly could. That\'s what a good portion of growing up for us guys is all about!
That said, the events depicted in this film, such as destroying a night club and sticking our manhood through a hole in the girls\' shower didn\'t happen. That\'s why films are made. They take ideas in our heads and try to show what would happen if they actually played out.
Only the coldest and stiffest of men couldn\'t find anything to laugh about with this movie. It is in no way meant to be taken seriously. It has been criticized to the point of no return, though. Why? Are some people unable to laugh at juvenile pranks, or were they on the receiving end of them when they were in high school?
If you had fun growing up, you will probably like this film. If you look back at your younger years with regret, then you most likely won\'t enjoy it.
8 of 10 stars
And just gotta add 4/4/2007...... RIP Bob Clark. We\'ll miss you, man!
I had the great pleasure of seeing Porky\'s in a late night showing on opening day in March 1982 in a theater packed to the gills with 18-25 year olds (although I was 30). I hurt for 3 days from laughing so hard.
There is a portion of the movie, beginning close to the 1 hour mark that is the absolute funniest 14 minutes ever put on film. This includes these three hilarious scenes: Coach and Lassie in the boys locker room (Coach Brackett finds out why they call Miss Honeywell Lassie), then it segues to the guys peeping through the holes into the girls shower room, where Beulah Balbricker gets a \'handle\' on Tommy\'s situation, immediately followed by the scene with Coach Brackett, Coach Warren and Head Coach Goodenough in Principal Carter\'s office with Beulah describing the \"incriminating mole\". There were people out of their seats, laying on the floor of the theater screaming with laughter. I have yet to see another motion picture invoke this kind of hilarity in a movie theater. I saw it in the theater 2 or 3 times in it\'s original theatrical run with the same response. When it became available, I bought the VHS copy, then the laser disc copy and when I got the DVD a few month\'s ago, I watched it for the zillionth time and I still laugh my butt off when I see those scenes. The acting is great for a bunch of no-names, there are actually great multiple plot-lines (in addition to the typical \"get laid at any cost\" plot) and the cinematography, editing and sound is above average. They made this movie in 90 days for less than $4 million and it grossed $7 million opening weekend and has grossed over $100 million in theaters to date, most of that in 1982 dollars. The only thing I can say bad about Porky\'s is that they should have stopped after the first one. The first pathetic sequel (The Next Day) lacked humor, the second sequel (Porky\'s Revenge) had 30-year-olds playing teenagers and they had long-since lost their youthful charm.
Porky\'s is a film that has so many funny moments in it that you don\'t really have time to catch your breath before the next gag is hurled upon you. This is absolutely one of the funniest films I have ever seen. And the reason for that hilarity is because of it\'s frankness and propensity to take risks. They don\'t make movies like this anymore. Everyone is so worried about the damn sensors and that is too bad because a movie like this, while I can acknowledge may not be for everyone\'s taste, is one that explores teens in high school and it also explores how innocently cruel we were to each other in high school.
What makes this film so funny is that the characters look like they are having fun. They like to mess with each other. They enjoy embarrassing one another and they are sex starved high school kids. And really, weren\'t a lot of us males like that in high school? Are a lot of us still not like that?
You have an assorted cast of characters from Meat, the rather large ( in many ways ) guardian of the group. Women love him for various reasons and it is his size and manliness that makes him so much fun to poke fun at. Then there is Tommy Turner. He is the leader of the group and always seems to come up with the ideas to get his friends laid or in trouble. You have Billy and Brian and of course PeeWee. He is the guy that everyone likes, yet his exaggerated Casanova stories get him in several sticky but funny situations with his friends. The characters at Angel Beach high school are hilarious and I honestly wish I could have known guys like this.
The true strength of this film is the hilarity. The kids make it funny because they always look like they are having fun. When one person is taking their licks, the other five that are in on the gag are laughing under their breaths and all you get is a snicker or two. And we can all relate to that. How, something is funny but we have to play our part to keep the cherade going. These kids do that with perfection here. I also have to mention some of the scenes that make this film the teen classic that it is. The first is the scene when Mr. Carter, their principal is being pressured by Ms. Balbricker to find the guy who had his penis hanging out of a drain pipe in the girls shower. Mr. Carter is doing his best to keep a straight face but he is going to crack at the absurdity of the request. To make matters worse, the two male gym teacher are not making it any easier by snickering to themselves. When Mr. Carter finally cracks, we crack with him. This is comedy at it\'s best. Also very funny are the Lassie part and the beginning when PeeWee is running down a country road naked. You really have to see it.
This film is unapolegetically crude, lude and vulgar in many ways. But it is so damn funny that you don\'t pay attention to that stuff. My gut still hurts from laughing when I watch this film. And oh yeah, the shower scene isn\'t bad either.
* This was the highest-grossing movie from Canada for 24 years. As of October 2006, it is now second highest, having been beaten by Bon Cop, Bad Cop (2006).
* Pee Wee\'s real name is given at the beginning - it\'s Edward Morris.
* Writer/Director Bob Clark gathered material for the movie over a 15 year period. The story is composite of incidents collected from the males of his generation along with some of his own personal memories from growing up in high school.
* This is the first movie to gross over £1 million at the Irish box office, despite having being banned initially and only released after appeal.