Porn and Chicken, enough said

“Because chicken tastes good and porn is video of naked people having sex with each other.” If you need any more explanation than that, you’re probably not familiar with Comedy Central, or its first original movie, Porn ‘n Chicken. Of course the term “original” should be used loosely. It’s actually a true story.

Yes, it’s true. In the spring of 2001, a group of Yale University students formed an organization dedicated to the appreciation of pornography and fried chicken. The club was an instant hit with students, but surprisingly, not with administration. When the group decided to make their own porno (not chicken), there was an uproar that was eaten up by the media like an eight-piece bucket.

The real-life founding members assure the public that not only is the film’s story fairly accurate, but the club still meets weekly.

The film follows obsessive over-achiever and “anal retentive tool,” Hutch (Ebon Moss-Bachrach). On the verge of college graduation, Hutch watches his entire future crumble, only to have it come back into focus. That is, of course, with the help of a sexually liberated classmate, Polly (Angela Bethany Goethals), and his free spirited buddies Quentin (Alex Burns), Lenny (Michael Goldstrom) and Andy (Geoffrey Arend). The dean wants nothing more than for everyone to remain clothed and non-coital. Thus, the never-ending battle between recklessly randy students and stuffy administrators rages.

The Comedy Central feature succeeds in the fact that it does not try to be the gross-out fest one would expect. Porn ‘n Chicken has its fair share of “off-color” humor, as well as bleeped profanity, but is more a coming of age story than anything else. The story is well written and entertaining, not to mention funny. Its message is neither subtle nor original (“Do what makes you happy, not what everyone wants you to do”).

This is still a made-for-TV movie. Writer/director Lawrence Trilling tries not to cheapen the story with censorship, but the film inevitably feels restrained at times. The actors, while proficient and adept at delivering humor are certainly not going to win any awards. The writing has some heart and even more genuinely funny dialogue, but flaws and cliches as well. It’s no American Pie. It’s not even Road Trip. But Porn ‘n Chicken is certainly more than worth a viewing.

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