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Porky's Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    40

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Porky's is another raunchy teenage sex-and-food-fight movie.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Time

    It has some of ["American] Graffiti's" sweetness of spirit, but none of its style or depth of feeling; it has some of "Animal [House"]'s raunchiness, but none of its loony anarchy.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Variety

    If, by chance, Porky's should prove to be Melvin Simon's swan song in the film industry, it will either be perceived as a thunderously rude exit or a titanic raspberry uttered to audiences everywhere.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    A portion of the audience will be strongly offended by Porky's, just as another portion will find it filthy but fun. However, there is no debating the success of Mr. Clark's casting, for he has assembled a cheerful, likable bunch of actors, most of them unknowns.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Boobs-'n'-booze comedy is a hard "R" for a reason.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is not a mild, PG-13 teen flick. It's a raunchy, bawdy high school comedy about friends who just want to have sex. Like a more graphic American Pie, the film features a great deal of nudity (full frontal in a lengthy shower scene) and explicit sex talk, as the guys look to lose their virginities or just get more notches on their belt. Since it's set in the 1950s, a few hate words referring to African Americans, Jews, and Latinos are said quite openly.

  • Families can talk about teen sexuality and the legacy of raunchy high school films. The movie was made in the '80s but set in the '50s. What has changed in the way high school students talk about and approach sex? What movies accurately depict teen life today?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The guys plot revenge against Porky's for denying them with sexual satisfaction via his stripper/prostitutes.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A few hand-to-hand fights and a couple of bar brawls.

  • sex false5

    Sex: There's so much, it's hard to know where to start: full-frontal female nudity (the infamous shower scene); men's backsides are visible; one loud sex scene that features partial nudity; half-naked strippers; a prostitute touches and looks over a row of naked guys; many, many conversations referring to virginity and erections, one of which is visible through a man's boxers, and much much more.

  • language false5

    Language: Loads and loads of cursing: the "F" word, many variations of the word "d--k," several hate words for African Americans, Jews, and Hispanics, various euphemisms for sex and virginity and the standard obscenities "s--t," "ass," "asshole," "lardass," etc.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Several characters, including the teens, smoke and drink.

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