Porky's Revenge!

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Porky's Revenge!
Porkys revenge.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJames Komack
Produced byRobert L. Rosen
Written byZiggy Steinberg
Based onCharacters
by Bob Clark
Starring
Music byDave Edmunds
CinematographyRobert C. Jessup
Edited byJohn W. Wheeler
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Astral Films
Release date
  • March 22, 1985 (1985-03-22)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States
Canada
LanguageEnglish
Budget$7.8 million[1]
Box office$20,518,905[2]

Porky's Revenge! is a 1985 sex comedy film and the third and final film of the original Porky's film series. The film was directed by James Komack.[3]

Plot[edit]

During the semi-final basketball game, the cheerleaders promise the team an orgy if they win. The boys do so. After the game, they are led to one of the girls' homes, and everyone strips down to their underwear and jumps in a swimming pool. In the pool, the girls throw their underwear out. The boys do likewise, and swim toward the girls. Soon, but too late, they realize the girls are clothed after all and wind up parading nude before the clothed girls and the girl's parents.

Porky now owns a riverboat with a casino and strip club. According to Brian, Porky is extorting money from Coach Goodenough because he has a gambling debt. The gang decide to go to the boat to take pictures of the illegal casino to give to the D.A. During this time, Meat runs into Porky's sex-crazed daughter, Blossom, who forces herself on him. The boys' plan fails because Porky catches them in the act and is about to kill them. But when they mention the State Championship game, he realizes that they could help him out by throwing the game so he can bet against them.

Later at school, Meat is unable to dissect a frog in science class. Fearing he could become academically ineligible to play in the championship game, the gang goes to Miss Webster's apartment to get a copy of the final exam. They discover her and Mr. Dobish, the school's guidance counselor, having rather kinky extramarital relations.

A letter is written to Ms. Balbricker arranging a rendezvous at a motel with an old boyfriend of hers, while Pee Wee is enticed to the same motel room by the promise of a night of passion with a beautiful Swedish exchange student. Tommy tricks Pee Wee into going to another location while he heads to the motel room. Ms. Balbricker arrives first followed by Tommy, and they are horrified to find themselves unclothed and in bed with each other. To make up for their prank on Ms. Balbricker, the gang contacts her old boyfriend and actually gets them together.

During the final game, Meat is benched because Miss Webster intentionally failed him. She discovers the blackmail photos and a note, causing her to change her mind. The second half resulted in a victory for Angel Beach while Porky is outraged. Blossom tells him that Meat is her boyfriend and they "went all the way," infuriating him even more. He then suggests to his two subordinates that Meat and Blossom be married.

During the senior prom, Meat is abducted by Porky and his men. The gang go after them. Just as the wedding is about to start, the power goes out and Meat is liberated by Billy and Brian. Billy, Brian, and Meat begin their escape in a motorboat, with Porky's boat chasing them closely. The chase ends after the guys make it through a drawbridge, with Pee Wee then lowering the bridge, resulting in the destruction of Porky's boat.

At graduation, the guys trick Pee Wee into taking off all his clothes, except the graduation gown. As he's about to get his diploma, Principal Carter steps on the gown, causing it to come off and reveal Pee Wee in his nudity, just as he dreamed at the beginning of the film.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film had a budget of nearly $8 million, much of which went on building a large gambling boat. The producers used a $20 million Miami Island mansion, Vizcaya, as a key setting.[1]

The film was the directorial debut of James Komack, who said "I'm not going to whitewash the bawdiness or clean up the tone of their antics." [1]

Komack thought the sequel, "failed to understand their own formula. Porky's touched on reality, it presented a cross-section of adolescent sex life during a certain time frame. Bob apparently tried to elevate his big success and use it to portray a message. But the original was not a film about humanity; it was a film, pure and simple, about teen-age sex. The sequel, a whitewash of the original, didn't play."[1]

Nancy Parsons had lost a considerable amount of weight since the first film. She did the sequel for a percentage of the profits.[1]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The film received negative reviews from critics, with review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 27% based on reviews from 11 critics.[4] Gene Siskel gave the film zero stars out of four, writing that "the comedy here operates at the stag party level... a 1950 stag party."[5] Janet Maslin of The New York Times called it "just another brand-name teen-age movie ... Some of it is funny, but it's also entirely predictable."[6] Variety noted that the film "barely earns its R rating" and that James Komack's direction "does little to enliven the proceedings," calling the soundtrack "one of the film's few bright spots."[7] Michael Wilmington of the Los Angeles Times called it "a sorry excuse for a movie: loud, lewd, witless and crass ... you might be advised to skip the movie and go directly to the sound-track album."[8] Leonard Maltin's film guide assigned its lowest possible rating of BOMB and wrote, "Beware of high-school seniors with post-collegiate hairlines: these guys are starting to look older than the mid-'50s Bowery Boys. This revenge is preferable to Montezuma's—but not by much."[9]

The movie was nominated for a Stinkers Bad Movie Award for Worst Picture.[10]

Box office[edit]

The third film was the smallest grossing film of the series, with $20,518,905, a substantial drop from the first film's box office of $105,500,000.[2]

Soundtrack[edit]

Porky's Revenge!
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Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
Released1985
LabelMobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Sony
ProducerDave Edmunds
Singles from Porky's Revenge!
  1. "High School Nights"
    Released: 1985
  2. "Do You Want to Dance?"
    Released: 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars link

Porky's Revenge! soundtrack was released in 1985. Produced and assembled by Dave Edmunds, the soundtrack features new material from a wide spectrum of well-established rock and roll musicians, including Jeff Beck, George Harrison, Carl Perkins, Willie Nelson and Robert Plant & Phil Collins (under "The Crawling King Snakes" moniker), as well as then up-and-comers The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Besides George Harrison's recording of a previously unreleased Bob Dylan song ("I Don't Want to Do It") and Dave Edmunds' "High School Nights" and Porky's Revenge! theme music, the album consists of newly recorded versions of classic rock & roll tunes (sometimes by their original author, in the case of Carl Perkins). Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic called it "far more fun than the accompanying film" and said, although disliking some of the 1980s production flourishes, "it's far better to dwell on the fact that a third-rate sequel like Porky's Revenge! could produce a soundtrack this good, because that is a mystery for the ages."[11]

"High School Nights" b/w "Porky's Revenge" and "Do You Want to Dance?" b/w "I Don't Want to Do It" were released as singles.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)PerformerLength
1."High School Nights" Dave Edmunds3:11
2."Do You Want to Dance?"Bobby FreemanDave Edmunds2:32
3."Sleepwalk"Santo & JohnnyJeff Beck2:19
4."I Don't Want to Do It"Bob DylanGeorge Harrison2:54
5."Stagger Lee" The Fabulous Thunderbirds2:56
6."Blue Suede Shoes"Carl PerkinsCarl Perkins2:23
7."Peter Gunn Theme"Henry ManciniClarence Clemons2:36
8."Queen of the Hop"Bobby DarinDave Edmunds2:15
9."Love Me Tender"Elvis Presley, Vera MatsonWillie Nelson2:32
10."Philadelphia Baby"Charlie RichThe Crawling King Snakes2:18
11."Porky's Revenge!"Dave EdmundsDave Edmunds4:46

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e `PORKY'S REVENGE': BACK TO THE LOWBROW BASICS OF RAUNCHY SEX Series: Second in a series on how to make stupid, mindless, moronic, gross, slob movies and make millions of dollars and live happily ever after. Los Angeles Times 21 Jan 1985: 1.
  2. ^ a b "Porky's Revenge!". Box Office Mojo. Amazon.com. Retrieved August 19, 2010.
  3. ^ Goyanes, Ily (August 19, 2010). "Celluloid City: Porky's Trilogy Filmed at Miami Senior High School and Greynolds Park". Miami New Times. Retrieved August 19, 2010.
  4. ^ "Porky's Revenge". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  5. ^ Siskel, Gene (March 27, 1985). "Porky's Revenge". Chicago Tribune. Section 5, p. 4.
  6. ^ Maslin, Janet (March 23, 1985). "Screen: 'Porky's Revenge'". The New York Times. 13.
  7. ^ "Film Reviews: Porky's Revenge". Variety. March 27, 1985. 16.
  8. ^ Wilmington, Micheal (March 27, 1985). "'Porky's Revenge' Loud, Lewd, Crass". Los Angeles Times. Part VI, p. 4.
  9. ^ Maltin, Leonard, ed. (1995). Leonard Maltin's 1996 Movie & Video Guide. Signet. p. 1028. ISBN 0-451-18505-6.
  10. ^ "1985 8th Hastings Bad Cinema Society Stinkers Awards". Stinkers Bad Movie Awards. Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on October 17, 2006. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  11. ^ AllMusic review

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