Porky’s II: The Next Day

Porky's II: The Next DaySynopsis: Proving they haven’t matured a bit since the original Porky’s, much of the original cast is back to take on right-wing bigots, religious fanatics and double-talking politicians. Count on more delicious revenge for the gym teacher everyone loves to hate, Ms. Balbricker, and outrageous antics that never enter the realm of good taste.

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Porky’s II: The Next Day 6.25

eyelights: its social commentary.
eyesores: its lack of T&A. its uninspired gags.

“I GOT LAID!”

Given the phenomenal success of 1982’s ‘Porky’s‘ (it grossed well over 100 million dollars – an unprecedented amount at the time for this type of picture), it’s hardly surprising that film producers wanted another like it. Unfortunately for them, Bob Clark wanted nothing to do with it – he’d told his story and wanted to move on.

However, he had ‘A Christmas Story‘ in his sights and wasn’t able to get it greenlit. So he made a deal to have it financed, in exchange for a sequel to his raunchy teen comedy. But what can you do to follow up a movie that ended with the utter annihilation of its namesake and the humiliation of its owner? Where could they go next?

Well, what happens the day after?

Clark brought in some co-writers and proceeded to write up what happened to our goofy gang of Angel Beach High schoolers following the previous night’s events at Porky’s. Interestingly, though, it has nothing whatsoever to do with Porky’s; it essentially shows the gang going through their usual routines, boasting about sex and playing pranks.

But there’s an added element: Billy has aspirations of being an actor and is taking part in the Drama Club’s rendition of Romeo and Juliet. Unfortunately, a local Reverend has been made aware of the production by Ms. Balbricker and they’re intent on shutting it down because they claim that it’s indecent – partly because the lead isn’t white.

And thus our friends find themselves fending off this religious zealot and his extremely vocal supporters but also have to contend with a small gang of KKK, who pop by to support the Reverend and harass the local aboriginals. Essentially, ‘Porky’s II: The Next Day’ is ‘Porky’s’ without Porky’s, far less sex, and more sociopolitical commentary.

So, basically, aside for its cast (and a few nods to the original), it’s nothing like ‘Porky’s’.

Heck, I’m not even a great fan of the original and I was disappointed. I mean, at the very least I want some T&A, and there’s barely(!) any. And, although the original wasn’t altogether funny, at least it had a few inspired/original gags. Sadly, ‘Porky’s II’ recycles and updates gags from its predecessor and dabbles in comedy clichés.

Case-in-point:

  • Pee Wee wakes up expecting his morning hard on so that he can measure it. Alas, no such luck (after all, he got laid the night before)! This is amusing at best. But at least it’s somewhat familiar.
  • Pee Wee hires a circus stripteaser to gang bang his friends, but he plans a prank on them: he sets it in a cemetery and has a friend hide, dressed up as a zombie. This is just a cheap take on the hooker/machete scene in the original. Well, at least the girl was exquisite, so there’s that.
  • Tommy puts a snake up the water pipes leading to the girls’ washroom – more specifically, to a stall that Ms. Balbricker is in. Oh, what riotous reactions this generates!
  • John Henry’s sword breaks on stage, during the production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, and it is replaced with the leg lamp from ‘A Christmas Story’. It’s a dumb gag that’s only noteworthy for fans of Clark’s holiday classic.
  • Wendy had been looking for help from Commissioner Gebhardt, her father’s friend, but discovers that his only intention is to get into her panties. And so she agrees to a dinner rendez-vous with him in order to teach him a lesson, dressing up in an outrageously bawdy fashion and making a scene. While it was worth seeing her get the spotlight for once and it was satisfying for him to get his comeuppance, it wasn’t especially inspired stuff.

For me, the only really clever moment is when the Principal confronts the Reverend and they have a verbal duel, with the Reverend spewing objectionable excerpts from “Romeo and Juliet’ while the Principal returns the favour by quoting equally objectionable parts of the Bible. It wasn’t especially funny, but it was an intelligent way to tackle the issue.

I also liked that they discussed racism at greater length this time, even though it seems to me that they’d already done a decent job of it in the previous film. I liked that the focus of racist attention were American Indians this time, not blacks or Jews, because the prejudice that they also face rarely gets the spotlight. So kudos for doing that.

And it was great that Clark brought up the double standard and prejudice that women face with respect to their sexuality. At the beginning of the movie, Wendy explains to Pee Wee that she got her reputation in Grade 8, and for no reason at all. But it stuck. So, despite having only slept with three guys, she’s considered easy and is frowned upon.

While it demystifies the character a bit too much (I mean, to me it’s nice to think of a woman who’s on par with the boys), it was a good move to address that issue, seeing as it was true in 1954, still was in 1982, and actually somehow remains true to this day – albeit less so. It needs addressing. Plus it was the only touching moment in the picture.

But, ultimately, ‘Porky’s II: The Next Day’ is not a exactly comedy or entertainment gold. So it’s hardly surprisingly, then, that it only made a third of the money that its predecessor did; no doubt that moviegoers were disappointed that it not only didn’t meet their lecherous expectations, but that it didn’t really make them laugh either.

And that’s likely why someone decided to bring Porky back in the second and final sequel, ‘Porky’s Revenge’.

Story: 6.0
Acting: 6.5
Production: 6.5

Nudity: 1.5
Sexiness: 1.5
Explicitness: 1.5

Date of viewing: May 18, 2016

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