Director: James Komack
Screenplay: Ziggy Steinberg
Starring: Dan Monahan, Wyatt Knight, Tony Ganios
Duration: 84 min
BBFC Certification: 15
Based on the original characters created by Bob Clark (writer and director of the first two films), the third and final film in the Porky’s trilogy, Porky’s Revenge sees the Angel Beach High School boys back for some typical teenage antics. Although not as good as the first Porky’s movie, Porky’s Revenge (in my opinion) is definitely an improvement on the second film, with a welcome return of Porky looking to seek revenge on the boys for the mayhem bestowed upon him in the first film.
Having watched the original Porky’s films back in the 80s as a teen, I was interested to see if the sex obsessed humour of the trilogy would hold up now I’m in my forties. For me, it did. Maybe more as a nostalgic return to simpler times where sex was funny and political correctness had not really reared its head. Although not perhaps as sex crazed and vulgar as the original, Porky’s Revenge still has a place in my heart. After all, it is what it is.
With the original Porky’s film giving us scene after scene of toilet humour, sex jokes and nudity, Porky’s Revenge does not perhaps deliver the same intensity of belly laughs as the first. For me, the biggest disappointment was the lack of Ted Jarvis (Art Hindle) as the County Sheriff and his partner (Bill Wohman) and the classic scene of “Pee Wee” Morris running naked down the road. However, it was still enough to make me laugh out loud at times and well worth a watch.
As with the other films in the trilogy, we are entertained by the somewhat raunchy, adolescent, comedic element of the film rather than the storyline which plays second best to dirty jokes and various sexual acts. The return of Porky, a sleazy, illegal casino/brothel owner is a bonus and something I personally felt was lacking in the first sequel. Despite this, I did feel the character of Porky was underused within the storyline, especially when you consider the film is called, Porky’s Revenge.
One thing that can really be commended in this final excerpt is the commitment of the cast. Despite some of the acting being over the top and unconvincing, the enthusiasm in re-living similar jokes and scenes for a third time and playing characters much younger than the actors themselves, is commendable. Dan Monahan will forever be a true likeness of “Pee Wee” Morris and Tony Ganios as the dark haired, well endowed “Meat” Tuperello, I am sure will be remembered fondly as the boy you would never really want to date. One of the greatest performances for me was surprisingly Nancy Parsons as “Ballbricker”. Yes, she was over the top, but it works. It is just a shame the “Ballbricker” side plot was not enough to allow Parsons to show of any serious acting skills.
Following the same opening format as the previous two films, we see “Pee Wee” Morris (Dan Monahan) deep in dream land, imagining events of the schools Graduation Ceremony, slavered in his usual frustrated teenage filth. We then find ourselves reunited with the remainder of the gang as they try to help their basketball coach out of some financial trouble, hence the return of Porky and the subsequent ‘revenge’ plot.
As the plot develops, the boys make a pact with Porky to ‘throw’ the State Basketball Championships, with Porky looking to gain financially by betting on the opposing team. Obviously, the boys have other plans, and look to ruin Porky by winning, despite their agreement. As the story unfolds the likelihood of winning becomes increasingly unlikely, due to a chance encounter by “Meat” Tuperello (Tony Ganios) with a (not so) pretty girl, enabling Porky to get his revenge.
Many of the jokes from the original Porky’s films are repeated, (as we would expect and anticipate) although perhaps not always as well executed as in the first film, but I can forgive them this as there was enough to keep me watching. The final scene however does not disappoint and is a most fitting ending, leaving me with a final feelgood warmth and fondness.
At the end of the day, all three Porky’s films were designed for teenage virgins who, like “Pee Wee” Morris, couldn’t find a woman to fulfil their sexual fantasies. Much like the other two, Porky’s Revenge does what it says on the tin. If you like your comedy meaningful with a heartfelt storyline, this is not the film for you. However, if like me you enjoyed the other two Porky’s films, the likelihood is that you will enjoy this film for what it is – entertainment.
Porky’s Revenge is released on Blu-ray by 88 Films and includes the following extras:
• High School Nights – Teens in the Eighties: An interview with Film Critic Kim Newman
• Porky’s Daughter – An interview with actress Wendy Feign
• Angel Beach Memories – Limited Edition Booklet Notes by Calum Waddell