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Porky's

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Boobs-'n'-booze comedy is a hard "R" for a reason.
  • Review Date: June 11, 2007
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1982
  • Running Time: 99 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The guys plot revenge against Porky's for denying them with sexual satisfaction via his stripper/prostitutes.

Violence

A few hand-to-hand fights and a couple of bar brawls.

Sex

There's so much, it's hard to know where to start: full-frontal female nudity (the infamous shower scene); men's backsides are visible; one loud sex scene that features partial nudity; half-naked strippers; a prostitute touches and looks over a row of naked guys; many, many conversations referring to virginity and erections, one of which is visible through a man's boxers, and much much more.

Language

Loads and loads of cursing: the "F" word, many variations of the word "d--k," several hate words for African Americans, Jews, and Hispanics, various euphemisms for sex and virginity and the standard obscenities "s--t," "ass," "asshole," "lardass," etc.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Several characters, including the teens, smoke and drink.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is not a mild, PG-13 teen flick. It's a raunchy, bawdy high school comedy about friends who just want to have sex. Like a more graphic American Pie, the film features a great deal of nudity (full frontal in a lengthy shower scene) and explicit sex talk, as the guys look to lose their virginities or just get more notches on their belt. Since it's set in the 1950s, a few hate words referring to African Americans, Jews, and Latinos are said quite openly.

What's the story?

In this raunchy teen comedy set in 1950's Florida, a group of high school guys are obsessed with losing their virginity. They peek at naked girls showering, measure their reproductive organs, and talk endlessly of "doing it" -- favoring strippers and prostitutes once it becomes clear they won't get any action from their female classmates. In desperation, they gather up some money and ask the local strip club owner Porky (Chuck Mitchell) to provide professional ladies. When they get dunked in alligator-infested water instead, the boys plan a vengeful scheme to get back at Porky. While at school, they ogle the hot phys-ed teacher Miss Honeywell (Kim Cattrall) and hide from boxcar-sized gym teacher Ms. Balbricker (Nancy Parsons), who is out to get them. Occasionally, they deal with the rampant racism and anti-Semitism of the times, as one member of their crew is Jewish.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

This movie has somehow remained one of the most popular raunchy comedies of its time, even if it's not nearly as funny as it once seemed. In the late '70s and '80s, several influential movies about adolescence were set in the '50s (American Graffiti, Peggy Sue Got Married, and Animal House are among the best) presumably because that's the decade when the filmmakers grew up. PORKY's was the bawdiest of the bunch.

Porky's is far from a message movie. Part nostalgia trip, part coming-of-age story, it's ultimately about a group of high school horndogs looking for a good time. And that's a theme that has certainly lasted throughout the decades.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about teen sexuality and the legacy of raunchy high school films. The movie was made in the '80s but set in the '50s. What has changed in the way high school students talk about and approach sex? What movies accurately depict teen life today?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 19, 1982
DVD release date:October 24, 2006
Cast:Dan Monahan, Mark Herrier, Wyatt Knight
Director:Bob Clark
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Comedy
Run time:99 minutes
MPAA rating:R

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Kid, 10 years old July 23, 2009
Okay everyone this is defenitely an adult film. No kids should see this!!! 18 and up. yes this is coming from a ten year old
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 10 years old February 3, 2011

Beware of Porky's

OK, first of all, Porky's is one of the most contoversal movies of the 80s. We can see a person showering. Even I can't swallow the dirty words the potty mouths use! Not for kids. Kids, stay away. Adults, don't repeat the nudity.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written bymattbruns3 October 22, 2015

A dirty adult movie

This movie has pervasive strong sexual content. Wild sex scenes with wild loud moaning is shown. Lots of nudity, once nude scene is graphic. Definitely not for audiences under 16. Strictly for older teens.
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Too much sex

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