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Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Review written on: December 2nd, 2008

Zack and Miri Make a Porno Review

It’s unfortunate that so many people got turned off by the movie, because the title was “offensive”, and never gave it a shot because of that. I, on the other hand, am a Kevin Smith fan, and gave it a shot anyway. (Not that the title offended me, anyway.)

Zack and Miri do, in fact, make a porno. It’s probably the worst porno ever made, clumsy awkward, low budget, and the worst acting you can ever imagine. Which is what makes it work so well. Anyone could make a movie about making a porno, that’s a given. Kevin Smith does it in a way that isn’t completely disgusting. Sure, there’s sex, and nudity, and tons (and tons and tons) of profanity, without doubt. But what R rated comedy doesn’t have all of those things? I can’t think of one off the top of my head.

I’ve always been a big fan of Elizabeth Banks, and so-so on Seth Rogen. Together, though, I like both of them a lot more. Banks and Rogen have, what feels like, genuine chemistry on-screen. You feel like you’re watching an episode of “The Real World,” rather than a movie. It feels real, their relationship, their banter, the dialogue. You get the impression that they believe in what they’re saying, even if it was scripted by someone else. That goes a long way, especially in a comedy where the ultimate goal is to film people having sex.

Smith’s script is similar material to more or less all his other movies. While Smith writes comedies, they’re comedies with love stories built in:

  • Clerks – Dante and Veronica’s love story
  • Mallrats – Double love story; Brodie and Rene, and T.S. and Brandi
  • Chasing Amy – Holden and Alyssa’s love story
  • Dogma – okay, this one isn’t a love story. Unless you count Bethany and God, but I won’t
  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back – Again, not a love story, unless you cound Jay and Silent Bob’s hetero life partnership.
  • Jersey Girl – Not that anyone will admit to seeing this, but it’s a love story between Ollie and Maya
  • Clerks II – Dante and Becky’s love story

Okay, so not every movie of his is the same, but the vast majority of them are comedic love stories, which I’m okay with. The way Smith writes, you’d never know he was a sappy, emotional guy. I think that’s why guys love his movies so much. You don’t notice he’s telling a love story, because it’s intertwined with so much profanity. Viva la profanity!

I laughed my ass off at Zack and Miri, quite a bit, actually. Not only are Banks and Rogen great together, but the supporting cast lends quite the hand. From Clerks‘ Randall (Jeff Anderson), to porn star Traci Lords, to Jay (Jason Mewes), to Superman (Brandon Routh), to many others. Every little bit part fits into the story perfectly. Smith truly knows how to work over Hollywood to get the people he wants for his movies.

While the flick didn’t do so hot at the box office (raking in just shy of $34m at the time of this review), I’m guessing it’s going to be huge on DVD, especially with a director’s cut. Smith’s DVDs are notorious for their hysterical commentaries. (To this day, the only commentary I’ve ever sat through 100% of, was Mallrats. Hysterical.) If you’re a fan of Smith’s, you’ll definitely want to pick up this movie when it hits shelves. You’ll laugh, a lot, guaranteed.

 

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