DVD Review

Frat Pack

''Frat Guy Collection'' -- ''Porky's,'' ''Bachelor Party,'' and ''PCU'' -- pledges to deliver a few laughs, in varying degrees

HANKS FOR THE MEMORIES It may be low-brow, but the future Best Actor has no reason to divorce himself from his Bachelor Party past
Image credit: Bachelor Party: Everett Collection
HANKS FOR THE MEMORIES It may be low-brow, but the future Best Actor has no reason to divorce himself from his Bachelor Party past

''Porky's,'' ''Bachelor Party,'' and ''PCU''

Porky's (1982)
The gold standard of adolescent humor was shocking when it debuted over 20 years ago. Now, not so much. The story of a group of high school boys in the 1950s thinking about, talking about, and desperately attempting to have sex may come across today as less risqué, but Porky's still boasts enough naughty bits to satisfy. About on par with a racy episode of Sex and the City — which is only fitting, since Kim Cattrall's cameo as a randy gym teacher is a clear precursor to her man-eating Samantha. C+

Bachelor Party (1984)
Before the double Oscar win. Before he was a movie star. Before he was an Actor. Once upon a time, Tom Hanks was just a funny dude with crimpy hair whose big claim to fame was dressing in drag on Bosom Buddies. Hark back to a lighter, looser time, when The Man Who Would be Gump makes the most of his big-screen break, going crazy at a wild all-night bash before tying the knot to video vixen Tawny Kitaen. It's a testament to Hanks' charm that Bachelor Party — which could've easily veered from naughty to nasty, with its jokes about suicide and beastiality — has become a comedy classic. A-

PCU (1994)
Part Animal House and part Revenge of the Nerds, PCU stars a pre-Entourage Jeremy Piven as the head of a dysfunctional fraternity hell-bent on its mission to mock the politically correct '90s. The standard college comedy brouhaha takes the form of the university president attempting to evict Piven and cohorts from their house, but the ragtag gang manages (of course) to save the day. At least the requisite campus-wide party finale features a groovy performance by George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic. It's fun fluff and a rare chance to see Piven as a leading man — but it's David Spade, playing his stock-in-trade snide lackey, who steals most of the laughs. B

Originally posted Aug 03, 2006
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