Porky's (1982) starring Dan Monahan, Mark Herrier, Wyatt Knight, Roger Wilson, Cyril O'Reilly, Tony Ganios, Kaki Hunter, Kim Cattrall, Nancy Parsons, Scott Colomby, Boyd Gaines directed by Bob Clark Movie Review

Porky's (1982)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Nancy Parsons and Wyatt Knight in Porky's (1982)

Pee Wee's Sex Adventure

Whilst "American Pie" may have cornered the teen comedy market back in 1999 it owes a lot to 80s teen comedy "Porky's". In fact watching "Porky's" now you can't but notice the similarities especially the opening which sees Pee Wee in an embarrassing situation when his mum walks in on him as he tries to hide his morning glory from her. But ignoring the comparisons what you have with "Porky's" is simply a teenage sex comedy made in the 80s but set in the 50s although the setting doesn't have a lot to do with it. It has an incredibly slim storyline and an abundance of sexual humour with many memorable scenes from the phone call for "Mike Hunt" to a rather noisy sexual encounter in the locker rooms.

All Pee Wee (Dan Monahan) and his high school friends can think about is sex, if it is not talking about it they are trying to sneak a peak in the girl's shower room to watch the girls shower. After a visit across state line to Porky's bar goes wrong Mickey (Roger Wilson) goes on a personal vendetta against Porky (Chuck Mitchell) and continually comes off worse taking beating after beating. When he returns in such a poor state the boys, Mickey's brother and a few other's join together to give Porky a night to remember and teach him a lesson for having not only been violent towards Mickey but many Angel Beach boys over the decades.

Kim Cattrall and Boyd Gaines in Porky's (1982)

Whilst "Porky's" is first and foremost a teen sex comedy it does have a storyline, a slim one but it still has one. And that storyline whilst taking in several teenage issues from racism, abusive parents and sexual conquests revolves around Mickey who having been humiliated by Porky keeps on returning to give him hell but every time ends up coming of worse. And so when he returns in such a beaten up state we have his school mates, his brother a cop and a sacked coach all joining together to teach Porky a lesson. It is slim and if you were to place all the parts of this storyline together I doubt they would make 20 minutes of movie.

What that means is that the focus of "Porky's" is on teen comedy and in particular teen sex comedy and as already mentioned it starts with Pee Wee in the opening scene as he attempts to hide his morning glory before then measuring it. Now whilst most of the humour is set pieces from a scene featuring the boys messing about with a Trojan condom through to the late night prank on their friends with a hooker called Cherry Forever they are strangely memorable. And those memorable scenes of teen comedy include the now famous "Mike Hunt" phone call, the peep hole into the girl's showers and of course the locker room sex scene. None of this humour is clever, in fact much of it is totally stupid yet even now some 30 years after "Porky's" was released it still brings a smile to your face even more so when you know one of these funny scenes is coming.

To be honest whilst watching "Porky's" now you can see its influence on the likes of "American Pie" you also can't help by notice how poorly made it is. Actually maybe poorly made is the wrong words but it looks and comes across like a B movie and with the focus being on the sexual humour it does end up being quite disjointed as we get humour, more humour a bit of storyline, humour and a touch of why racism is wrong. You don't really expect a really flowing movie but it basically feels like someone had a lot of teenage jokes they wanted to build a movie around and so slapped in this storyline about club owner Porky causing trouble.

As for the acting well it's a case of ignore ages as we have twenty something's playing high school kids and enjoying the stereotypes. With the exception of Pee Wee played by Dan Monahan no one gives a really memorable performance although Nancy Parsons who plays girl's sports coach Balbricker is a woman you wouldn't want to cross. Plus there is Kim Cattrall who maybe now known for "Sex and the City" certainly gives us a memorable performance with the Sex in the Locker room scene.

What this all boils down to is that "Porky's" is still after 30 years an enjoyable but very average teen sex comedy. It is weak on storyline but it is full of memorable scenes and its influence on much later teen sex comedies is so evident when watched now.