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Porky's Revenge (1985)

DVD Cover (Twentieth Century Fox)
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> Porky's Revenge (1985)
Genres:
Comedy, Coming-Of-Age, Sex Comedy, Teen Comedy
Director:
James Komack James Komack
Starring:
Dan Monahan Dan Monahan
Wyatt Knight Wyatt Knight
Tony Ganios Tony Ganios
Mark Herrier Mark Herrier
Kaki Hunter Kaki Hunter

4.8 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Chad
Added: June 13, 2007
The original Porky's was a classic that pretty much set the bar for the teen / sex comedies of the eighties. Then, the inevitable sequel rolled around, and although it may not have lived up to the standards set by the original, it was still worthy of carrying the Porky's title and brought more than a couple of good laughs to the table. This brings us to Porky's Revenge, a film that I actually hadn't seen until just today. To say that my expectations were low would be an understatement; after all, this is a film that is just recently getting a DVD release in an age where the bottom of the proverbial barrel has long since been scraped for new releases, Bob Clark (the genius behind the first two films) had nothing to do with this one, and of course, it has that "part three" tacked on to the end of the title - never a good sign, especially for comedies made during the eighties. Imagine my surprise when the credits rolled and I found that I enjoyed it almost as much as the original, and definitely more than the previous entry in the series.

Describing the plot of this one is a bit difficult due to the fact that, on the one hand, there really isn't much of a plot to speak of: things happen, pranks are pulled, and most of the boys from the previous films show up and get into trouble in one way or another. On the other hand, there's a lot of things going on in the film, and in fact, it was pretty epic for a comedic release. The way this is handled is pretty simple, and I'm actually surprised that it's not much more common in today's marketplace. For starters, there isn't any "main" plot. While the storylines for most comedies have the characters working towards one particular goal (get laid, get across the country, etc.) with a bunch of supporting scenes thrown in to lengthen the film, this one is content to simply have the boys work towards one minor goal - help their debt-ridden coach by taking pictures of Porky's illegal gambling rig, for example - which then leads into another storyline altogether. By the time all is said and done, they will have once again squared off against the captain of the H.S. Pignuts, won the state championship, been involved in a disastrous orgy, spied on their kinky biology teacher, and yes, saved the lovable Meat from a shotgun wedding with Porky's daughter. Rounding out the cast is most of the regulars from the previous films: Pee Wee (Dan Monahan), Tommy Turner (Wyatt Knight), Meat Tuperello (Tony Ganios), Wendy Williams (Kaki Hunter), Beulah Balbricker (Nancy Parsons), Porky (Chuck Mitchell), and a slew of other returning faces, while Blossom (Wendy Feign) makes her debut as Porky's "butterface" daughter.

Director James Komack may not have had a hand in the creation of the first two films, but you certainly couldn't tell by watching his entry. He captures all of the elements that made those films so good in the same way that Bob Clark did: the look of the fifties college scene, the sex-starved college boys, the constant pranking on one another, and of course, plenty of great laughs to tie it all together. It's actually pretty shocking to consider that both the director and the writer of this film had nothing to do with the previous films, as this one truly feels like a continuation of those stories rather than just another sequel with some new names and new ideas as so many other sequels have turned out to be.

Is it better than the original? Of course not; it would take a damned special film to receive that sort of compliment, and regardless of how close it may come, Porky's Revenge isn't the film to get those honors. Is it better than Porky's II? Definitely; although I enjoyed it, that film had some issues that dragged it down when all was said and done (read bluemeanie's review of it - I fully agree with his statements). If you enjoy sex-fueled humor that actually has something going for it other than tits and beaver jokes, pick up all three of these films: each and every last one of them is worth it, and this was one of those rare sequels that almost lived up to the original. 8/10.
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bluemeanie #1: bluemeanie - added 06/13/2007, 12:09 PM
They did the smart thing with the "Porky's" franchise -- they shot all the films one after the other and that kept a lot of the film fresh because the actors never really had time to leave the characters. The third film is the weakest entry, but it's still pretty damned enjoyable and better than most of the other teen comedies that Hollywood has churned out. 7.5/10.
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