Break Out the Keg: It's An Old-School 'Frat' Party
Friday, August 11, 2006
If you're looking for high art, you've arrived here a week too late. Last week was Shakespeare. This week we have a box set billed as "priced less than a keg" -- it's the "Frat Boy Collection" ($26.98), consisting of "Bachelor Party," "PCU" and the granddaddy of them all, "Porky's."
Released in 1982, "Porky's" pretty much set the blueprint for the next 20 years of raunchy screwball comedies. It follows a group of sex-starved teen boys in the 1950s as they try to satisfy their raging hormones and also get revenge on the owner of Porky's, a strip club where they're humiliated.
"Bachelor Party" came out in 1984 and features a string of mix-ups surrounding the planning of a bachelor party to end all parties.
"PCU" is the newbie with a release date of 1994. It follows the "Animal House" outline of a group of rowdy college misfits (who are of course the most sane and humanistic of the film's characters) being persecuted by an uptight school president and her weaselly student allies.
None of these constitute great filmmaking. There are some cheap laughs along the way, but perhaps they're most interesting for the chance to see some stars before they hit it big. "Porky's," for example, has Kim Cattrall in a small role that was key to a running joke in the film. "Bachelor Party" stars Tom Hanks in one of his earliest movie roles, Tawny Kitaen and Adrian Zmed. "PCU" is populated with such familiar faces as Jeremy Piven (playing a seventh-year student with the wisecracking style of a young Ari Gold), Jon Favreau (two years before "Swingers") and David Spade (playing the unctuous frat boy allied with the school president).
Extras on "Bachelor Party" include an interview with Hanks. "PCU" has a funny commentary by Piven, a featurette and a music video for Mudhoney's "Pump It Up" among its bonus features. "Porky's" doesn't offer much beyond a trailer and some cast bios. All three come with anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) transfers.