Picks and Pans Review: Porky's Revenge
This movie's title may suggest a comeuppance. No such luck. That fun-loving group of Florida high school kids is still in charge, and they still have nothing on their minds but gratuitous sex and every bad joke that goes with it. In fact this third film in the series seems to pay tribute to the qualities all too common to the quick-thrill, teen film genre: sexism, exploitation and grossness of all kinds (including at the box office, where Porky's and Porky's II have already taken in $140 million). Once again our heroes, including Dan Monahan, Mark Herrier and Tony Ganios, when not ogling every bit of flesh that saunters by, are up against Porky (Chuck Mitchell), who now owns a riverboat casino/brothel and grill. A thin plot about throwing a state basketball championship game is intertwined with a shotgun wedding between one of the kids and Porky's well-endowed, Daisy Mae-ish daughter, Wendy Feign. Meanwhile former Playboy Playmate Kimberly Evenson, as a Swedish exchange student, shows off her own endowments while saying things like "Ja, ja, play" and "Ja, ja, movie." A couple of teachers engage in drawn-out scenes of sexual psychodrama. The rest of the movie is so reminiscent of vapid, early 70s, made-for-TV stuff that it's not surprising to note that James (Welcome Back, Kotter) Komack directed. At times the film verges on self-parody, which would be a welcome change. Presumably, though, the best the future seems to hold is a similarly dumb Porky's IV. Argh. (R)
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