Picks and Pans Review: Porky's

updated 05/03/1982 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/03/1982 AT 01:00 AM EDT

There's a temptation to dismiss Porky's swiftly, and anyone can do so without fear of becoming culturally deprived. But this unapologetically vulgar film does create some goodwill, engendered by an energetic and mostly unknown cast. Set in a high school in South Florida, circa 1954, the plot focuses on six teenage boys—"the dirty half-dozen"—who'll stop at nothing to make their sex fantasies a reality. They peep at girls in the shower room, hire a hooker, and create lots of prophylactic jokes. The film's humor would need a crash course to reach even the sophomoric level. The Porky's of the title is a redneck roadhouse where Sheriff Alex Karras keeps the customers from killing each other. The acting is better than the movie deserves. Susan Clark (Mrs. Karras) has a funny bit as a whore named Cherry Forever. Writer-director Bob (Tribute) Clark, himself a former Florida high schooler, says he's been waiting to make this movie since he decided to become a filmmaker. Only in nostalgia films like this can Hollywood get away with egregious sexism that would be an embarrassment in any contemporary story. (R)

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