Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

The title pretty much covers the surface story of Kevin Smith’s new endeavour. However, on a deeper level, it is about two lifelong best friends entering uncharted territory. Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) have been friends since first grade. As adults, they are roommates with no secrets and a complimentary dynamic. But when […]

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The title pretty much covers the surface story of Kevin Smith’s new endeavour. However, on a deeper level, it is about two lifelong best friends entering uncharted territory.

Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) have been friends since first grade. As adults, they are roommates with no secrets and a complimentary dynamic. But when their minimum wage salaries can no longer pay the bills, they must seek alternative sources of income. Having recently met a pornography entrepreneur, the wheels begin to turn and casting auditions are posted. With Zack’s friend Delaney (Craig Robinson) bank-rolling the film, Deacon (Clerks alum Jeff Anderson) set to shoot it and a cast including Zack, Miri, Lester (Jason Mewes), Bubbles (Traci Lords), Stacey (Katie Morgan) and Barry (Ricky Mabe), a porn is born. And FYI, Zack and Miri have never had sex with each other.

Smith said he made this movie to explore a topic that always interested him: sex with love versus sex without. After all, he married his only one-night stand. Thus, Rogen speaks in Smith’s voice and Mewes represents his own free-spirited views. Eerily, it often feels like Rogen is channelling Smith directly. Also, Justin Long has a very amusing cameo as the high school heartbreaker’s lover and porn star.

Unfortunately, Smith does recycle some jokes from his last venture behind the camera, Clerks 2 – particularly the race humour. That said, the movie is very funny. Zack and Miri’s candid openness with each other in the opening act is comic and anytime sex occurs outside a serious flick, it’s bound to play for some laughs. And for those interested, Mewes does do the full monty.

Smith’s followers will not be disappointed and the newbies will not turn back. It’s a well-balanced mix of lewd humour and heartfelt comedy.


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  • Another tiresome, redundant use of male frontal nudity. The double standard against men continues. I hope that young men will soon realize that they are being had and refuse to see shows that do not include an equal amount of female frontal nudity. It is about respect and equality.

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