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Porky's

Rated R 94 minutes

Director Bob Clark (Tribute) takes the warm, buddy-buddy formula of Ivan Reitman's teenage comedies (Meatballs, Stripes) and freaks it out with raunch and violent revenge themes. It's as if Russ Meyer had made Death Wish III with an adenoidal cast, though it isn't that good. There is some sociological interest (probably fraudulent) in Clark's picture of redneck depravity in the Florida Everglades of the 1950s, but he isn't enough of an honest, enthusiastic vulgarian to make these ancient dirty jokes come off as anything but sour and grotesque. It's not the obscenity, but the relentless, petty meanness that finally gets to you (though there is a clumsily handled antiracist theme for the sake of redeeming social value). With Dan Monahan, Mark Herrier, and Wyatt Knight.

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