Porky’s: Special Collector’s Edition DVD
The reviews at the time of its release were so harsh – Variety called it “astonishingly vulgar… has to be seen to be believed” – that Porky’s has been dismissed as an aberration, a bad joke; however, given the vulgar comic extremes of films such as American Pie (director Paul Weitz claims it was the inspiration for his film), Porky’s juvenile, foul-mouthed humour seems more like a harbinger of things to come.
Written and directed by American Bob Clark, who was working in Canada during the tax-shelter years, it won the Golden Reel Award for the highest-grossing Canadian film of 1982. In a cast of virtual unknowns, Porky’s features a young Kim Cattrall in an unenviable role as a repressed, horny gym instructor. She would later achieve stardom as the sex-obsessed Samantha in Sex and the City.
This not-at-all “special” DVD edition comes from Maple Pictures on the 25th anniversary of Porky’s original release. Disappointingly, it contains no commentary or outtakes, but it does have a double-sided second disk with the sequels. It also comes at an interesting time, since Porky’s was just dethroned from its spot as the highest-grossing Canadian film at the domestic box office. Bon Cop, Bad Cop, has made more in Canada, but not in inflation-adjusted numbers. It was reported a few years back that vulgar shock-jock Howard Stern picked up the remake rights, but nothing has come of this yet.
Also see: The Cast & Crew of Porky’s