The legend of Angel Beach begins with one of the greatest 80’s teen comedies ever made in this reviewer’s opinion.
In 1950’s Florida, the boys of the Angel Beach High basketball team are the best of friends. There’s runt Pee Wee, prank masterminds Tommy and Billy, tough boy Tim, and the bulky one they call “Meat”. When their friend Mickey offers the boys a chance to get some real action after a vicious prank set up by Tommy and Billy highly succeeds, the boys are skeptical. Mickey’s plan involves going to Porky’s, a small-town joint in neighboring Seward County that is basically a real gentlemen’s club. When the boys arrive, they attempt to pay off Porky to spend time in “the pen” with some of Porky’s gals, but end up losing their money and being utterly humiliated.
That becomes the least of their problems. Mickey constantly is seething with revenge and goes back to Porky’s numerous times only to get physically assaulted each time. Tim, who is a good guy, has been raised as a racist from his motorcycle delinquent father. Not knowing what to do, he always causes trouble for Brian Schwartz, a newcomer at Angel Beach High who is Jewish. Tommy is always drawing the ire of physical education coach Balbricker. As for Pee Wee, he just wants some action as the only virgin of the group. However, one fateful night when Mickey is seriously hurt to the point where he must go to the hospital brings this band of friends together to set up the ultimate plan to get even with the dastardly Porky.
Let’s face it…anyone who knows and loves the 80’s will most likely know this Canadian film shot on location in Florida. Who can forgot Pee Wee, the eighties version of Archie Andrews? Who can forget the prank-playing Tommy Turner? And of course, there’s the titular Porky, the big owner of the sleaziest place in Seward County. This film is not just about getting even with Porky, but this is perhaps one of the ultimate teen comedies because of its nature of teens just looking to get some action and their misadventures in getting that action.
The cast is practically perfect in their roles. One can’t help but constantly laugh at Pee Wee, played by Dan Monahan. It is apparent he is the odd man out and there is a reason why he is called Pee Wee like there is a reason why Tony Ganios’ Meat is called just that. Leave it to your imagination if you haven’t seen this. It has to be said that one of the funniest scenes to involve both is the scene where Tommy and Billy play a very mean trick by hiring a hooker and a big African-American to pose as the hooker’s husband to scare the bejesus out of everyone, and boy does it work.
What’s great is that each of the characters have their own personalities and it goes to show the eccentricity of the cast. Even Kaki Hunter’s Wendy proves herself to be one of the boys in some aspect. The late Nancy Parsons plays the ultimate bad teacher that everyone hates, Balbricker. In what can be best described as the most pivotal scene of the film, Tommy decides to stick his manhood through a hole in the girls’ shower. Billy sees Balbricker enter and plays the ultimate prank on Tommy. The scene that comes after is one of the funniest due to the reaction of the coaches when she complains to the principal.
The film did so well that two sequels would arrive. Bob Clark would only be involved with Porky’s II: The Next Day while new writers and a new helmer took over for the final installment, Porky’s Revenge in 1985, featuring the core cast members minus two (O’Reilly and Wilson).
If you love 80’s movies and you love teen comedies, Porky’s is truly the embodiment of 1980’s teen comedies. The cast is great, the story fun, and this film has some of the funniest moments in films today.
WFG RATING: A
1981, 20th Century Fox Presents a Melvin Simon Productions/Astral Bellevue Pathe Film. Director: Bob Clark. Producers: Don Carmody and Bob Clark. Writer: Bob Clark. Cinematography: Reginald H. Morris. Editing: Stan Cole.
Cast: Dan Monahan, Wyatt Knight, Mark Herrier, Roger Wilson, Cyril O’Reilly, Tony Gaines, Kaki Hunter, Scott Colomby, Nancy Parsons, Art Hindle, Boyd Gaines, Kim Cattrall, Doug McGrath,
Susan Clark, Alex Karras, Chuck Mitchell.