Porn 'N' Chicken

  • 2002
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

Despite the deliberately tacky title, this fact-based made-for-TV comedy satirizing censorship makes a compelling case for its anti-establishment crusade. With only three months to go before college graduation, over-achieving Hutch (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) nags Professor Hoffman (Josh Pais) about his chances of gaining admission to law school. Hutch wants his...read more

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Despite the deliberately tacky title, this fact-based made-for-TV comedy satirizing censorship makes a compelling case for its anti-establishment crusade. With only three months to go before college graduation, over-achieving Hutch (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) nags Professor Hoffman (Josh Pais) about his chances of gaining admission to law school. Hutch wants his future neatly mapped out, unlike his slacker roommate, Quinton (Alex Burns), who isn't focused on success, or the high-strung Andy (Geoffrey Arend), whose choice of an acting career precludes stability. To reduce stress, these Ivy League undergrads have a weekly ritual: They get take-out chicken and rent porn movies. They're soon joined by virginal Lenny (Michael Goldstrom) and their new feminist acquaintance, Polly (Angela Goethals). Unsurprisingly, word of their pastime spreads and their dorm room hobby becomes a campus tradition. Unfortunately, philanthropic media mogul Roger Stone (Joseph Siravo) informs Dean Widehead (Kurt Fuller) that his generous donation comes with a price tag: Stone has political aspirations and can't afford a hint of impropriety. He orders the Dean to put a stop to the porn 'n' chicken craze. Naturally, Stone has no idea that his own daughter, Polly, is a founding member of the fad. Dean Widehead's fascistic methods only rile up the students and draw unwanted media attention. The conservative Hutch initially backs down, but even he rejoins the rebels after discovering that Professor Hoffman exaggerated his chances of getting into law school. Forced to stop renting pornograpy, the anarchists have a brainstorm: They'll protest by shooting their own porn flick. Can such a radical form of free expression scare the Dean into rescinding their expulsions? Comedy Central could have done far worse for its feature-length TV film debut. Writer-director Lawrence Trilling’s script is less smutty than one would expect, and the cast portrays the reluctant revolutionaries with just the right edge of smarty-pants righteousness.

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  • Released: 2002
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Despite the deliberately tacky title, this fact-based made-for-TV comedy satirizing censorship makes a compelling case for its anti-establishment crusade. With only three months to go before college graduation, over-achieving Hutch (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) nag… (more)

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