Porky's II: The Next Day

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Porky's II: The Next Day
PorkysII.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bob Clark
Produced by Don Carmody
Bob Clark
Written by Roger Swaybill
Alan Ormsby
Bob Clark
Starring Dan Monahan
Wyatt Knight
Mark Herrier
Roger Wilson
Cyril O'Reilly
Tony Ganios
Kaki Hunter
Scott Colomby
Nancy Parsons
Joseph Runningfox
Eric Christmas
Bill Wiley
Music by Carl Zittrer
Cinematography Reginald H. Morris
Edited by Stan Cole
Production
company
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • June 24, 1983 (1983-06-24)
Running time 98 minutes
Country United States
Canada
Language English
Box office $33,759,266 (North America)[1]

Porky's II: The Next Day is the 1983 sequel to the 1982 film Porky's. The film is co-written and directed by Bob Clark. Unlike the previous film, Porky himself does not appear.

Plot[edit]

After dealing to Porky the "fatal" blow that was coming to him, the gang from Angel Beach is ready for a new challenge: The High School Drama Club is producing a Shakespeare Festival in which the gang is participating. Unfortunately, a religious leader named Reverend Bubba Flavel wants to halt the production because he and his group, "The Righteous Flock," maintain that Shakespeare is indecent and profane. As part of their effort to keep their school-based Shakespeare production on track, the gang from Angel Beach seeks out the help of Seward County Commissioner Gebhardt, who initially promises the gang from Angel Beach that he will pull some strings to keep the Angel Beach High Shakespeare Festival running. However, after the county commissioners, who all will shortly be standing for re-election, vote unanimously to shut down the Shakespeare Festival, the gang quickly learns that Commissioner Gebhardt has reneged on his promises to the Angel Beach gang because he feared that allowing the Shakespeare Festival to proceed would harm his re-election chances. The local Ku Klux Klan chapter joins the movement to shut down the Shakespeare festival because its members object to an American Indian (Runningfox's Seminole character) playing Romeo opposite a white girl Juliet (Wendy). Reverend Flavel, who has previously exposed his bigoted nature, welcomes the Klan's support of his movement. The Angel Beach gang then begins plotting their retaliation and revenge against Reverend Flavel, Commissioner Gebhardt, the rest of the county commissioners, and the Klan.

The teens discover that the county commissioners, who are publicly riding the political wave of decency and morality, enjoy secretly watching pornographic movies in the basement of the courthouse. So, the Angel Beach gang takes a tape recorder with a microphone to the basement of the courthouse while the county commissioners are watching pornographic movies, aim the microphone at the ventilator window, and record the politicos' loud and crude commentary on the events in the porno films, including their irreverent mocking of Reverend Flavel (And the fact that Reverend Flavel provided some of the pornography).

After his success in shutting down the Angel Beach High Shakespeare Festival, Reverend Flavel convenes an outdoor revival meeting at Angel Beach High to commemorate his success, and the county commissioners attend and stand on stage with Reverend Flavel. In retaliation for an attack and attempt by the Klan members to shave the head of the group's Seminole friend, the gang lures the Klan members (who are on their way to Reverend Flavel's revival meeting) into the school gym where the gang along with a gym-ful of Seminole Indians "persuade" the Klan members to submit to having their heads shaved. The Angel Beach gang and the Seminole Indians then make the Klan members strip naked and march over to Reverend Flavel's revival meeting where they force the hapless and humiliated Klan members into the revival meeting. The sight of naked men shocks the crowd, and in his typical opportunistic fashion, Reverend Flavel decries the naked Klan members as being "The Spawn of Satan." During Reverend Flavel's prognostications, the gang commandeers the public address system and plays the recording of the county commissioners' raucous commentary on the pornographic movie that they watched in the basement of the courthouse only days before. A comment on the recording about Reverend Flavel having donated the pornographic film that the county commissioners were watching ends up being Reverend Flavel's undoing as he and the county commissioners stand before the crowd completely discredited, disgraced, and exposed as selfish hypocrites.

Meanwhile, Wendy accepts an out-of-town dinner date in Miami with Commissioner Gebhardt, who intends to seduce her. However, rather than showing up in her normal modest clothing, Wendy shows up at the formal restaurant wearing a deliberately showy, vulgar outfit with her breasts artificially padded with a container to an enormous size. She speaks in an extremely loud voice, constantly blurting out Gebhardt's name and status as a county commissioner of Seward County who will shortly be standing for re-election and alleging that she and Gebhardt became involved while she was a Brownie in Gebhardt wife's girl scout troop and that she is now pregnant with his child. With the help of liquefied corn-and-pea soup concealed in the container that padded her bust, Wendy pretends to throw up in one of the restaurant's decorative fountains to the horror of the maître d' and the disgust of the restaurant's upscale patrons. Pee-Wee snaps a picture of the disgraced Commissioner Gebhardt before he, Wendy, and Steve depart in a blaze of glory back to the rally at Angel Beach High to join the triumphant celebration of the defeat of the persons responsible for the cancellation of their Shakespeare Festival, which is promptly reinstated.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Greynolds Park in North Miami, Florida stood in for the Everglades and a plant nursery on Old Cutler Road was turned into a cemetery for the graveyard scenes.[2]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

The film's gross receipts were considerably lower than the first Porky's film. While Porky's grossed $105 million in the North American market, Porky's II: The Next Day only took in $33,759,266.[1]

Critical response[edit]

Porky's 2: The Next Day was critically panned. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 11% based on the review of 11 critics.[3] Famed film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert reviewed Porky's 2 on their show At the Movies. They both hated the film, they called it "totally beneath contempt, there is nothing this movie won't stoop to to get a joke. It's sick, anti-semitic, dishonest and corrupt from one end to the other", and they were particularly offended by the comedic and lighthearted treatment of the Ku Klux Klan in this film.[4] The movie was nominated for a Stinkers Bad Movie Awards for Worst Picture.[5]

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