by Patrick Bromley
There was a certain type of comedy that became hugely popular in the first half of the '80s, more than likely a response to the success first of Animal House and, later, Porky's. These movies are celebrations of bad behavior: partying, doing drugs, having random sex, trashing property, whatever. These "raunchy" comedies -- often referred to as "sex comedies" -- depict attitudes and behavior that is completely opposite my own, so it's weird that I find them as comforting as I do. Like with slashers, I could watch just about any one of them at any given time. They are rarely funny and never sexy, but that's something about their boneheaded pursuit of fun that wins me over. Here are 10 I'm never able to skip past on TV.
Note: movies like Trading Places and Fast Times at Ridgemont High are often grouped in with this genre. I'm not including them here because, as far as I'm concerned, they're a different class of movie.
1. Bachelor Party (1984, dir. Neal Israel)
2. Doctor Detroit (1983, dir. Michael Pressman)
3. Hardbodies (1984, dir. Mark Griffiths)
Halloween 4), Courtney Gains (Children of the Corn), and Darcy DeMoss (Friday the 13th Part VI). I think I just need to come to terms with the fact that if it's from the '80s and there's a beach involved, I'm probably going to watch it.
4. Joysticks (1983, dir. Greydon Clark)
5. The Beach Girls (1982, dir. Bud Townsend)
6. Up the Creek (1984, dir. Robert Butler)
7. Revenge of the Nerds (1984, dir. Jeff Kanew)
8. The Last American Virgin (1982, dir. Boaz Davidson)
9. Jekyll and Hyde...Together Again (1982, dir. Jerry Belson)
10. Joy of Sex (1984, dir. Martha Coolidge)
Happy '80s Comedy day and Happy Junesploitation.