Zack and Miri Make a Porno

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Director
Kevin Smith
Runtime
1 h 42 min
Release Date
18 September 2008
Genres
Comedy
Overview
Lifelong platonic friends Zack and Miri look to solve their respective cash-flow problems by making an adult film together. As the cameras roll, however, the duo begin to sense that they may have more feelings for each other than they previously thought.
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Kyle Smith2
National Review



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  • Review: "Zack and Miri Make a Porno"
    XXXCELLENT 3 stars out of 4 Rated R/101 minutes Kyle Smith review of “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” Kevin Smith has always had a firm grasp on the “dirty” part of “dirty jokes.” Now he’s got the joke part down too, and “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” is the funniest movie of Smith’s I’ve seen since “Clerks.” It’s “When Harry Did Sally.” Zack (Seth Rogen, who is almost incapable of being unfunny) and Miri (the always-reliable Elizabeth Banks) are two longtime friends (they’ve known each other since first grade) who live together in slacker squalor in Pittsburgh, where Zack works at a Starbucks-like coffee shop. (Why wouldn’t Starbucks want its logo on this film?) They haven’t paid their bills in so long that their heat and lights go off. But they get both back, a little–by burning their unpaid bills. This setup is pretty far from plausible; women who look like Banks don’t go hungry. (Although men who look like Rogen do.) And the vigorous use of words that begin with “mother” and end with “ucking,” by everyone, even by Indian coffee-shop managers, is a bit of a stretch, as is Miri’s telling a guy she has just re-met, “Don’t thank me, just f–k me.” But the point is to do (heh, heh: I said “do”) a parody of a chick flick with unrestrained fratty language that makes, say, “Knocked Up,” look genteel. There are a few dull bits at the beginning, but pretty soon the movie is roaring along. At a dismal class reunion, where Zack asks an old classmate to do him a little sex favor in the girls’ locker room (the look of daring to hope that crosses Rogen’s face as he does this bit is priceless) and the pair meet a gay porn star and his boyfriend (“So, you guys suck each other’s c—s, huh?”), an idea begins to form. Soon, Zack is turning to Miri, taking her trembling hand in his and saying, “Will you have sex with me on camera for money?” That seems to be their only option (told he could be a waiter, Zack says, “Look at me. No one wants me around their food”), so Zack enlists his co-worker (the hilarious Craig Robinson of “The Office” and “Pineapple Express”) as producer and starts putting together a porno called “Star Whores.” Zack is Hung Solo, and you don’t want to know what’s hidden behind one of those metal flaps on R2-Teabag. Things don’t go so well. “I just wanted to see some free t–ies,” says the Robinson character, in a moment of eloquence. “But there’s no such thing as free t–ies.” The movie actually has a plot, with reversals of fortune and references to earlier beats, and though the outline of the story is the basic when-will-these-two-kids-notice-they’re-perfect-for-each-other romcom situation, the limitless raunch of this rauncom freshens everything up. Even a poo scene is pretty funny (and extremely disgusting), because it’s been set up instead of just being thrown in. Gone are the lengthy monologues in which Smith “dazzles” (i.e. bores) us with his musings on religion or pop culture. The characters play off each other instead of delivering standup routines. And Robinson–whose character has been married to a woman he has known since kindergarten–is even funnier than Rogen, practically rotting from backed-up manly fluids. Somebody get this man a leading role, stat.]]>
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  • Today at the Toronto Film Festival
    (”Zack and Miri Make a Porno” is briefly mentioned in this.)
    I just saw Kathryn Bigelow’s movie “The Hurt Locker,” an intense and visceral look at bomb-disposal experts in the army in Iraq, with Jeremy Renner in the lead role. (I’m not sure I’ve seen a film before in which the two most famous actors were instantly killed off.) “The Hurt Locker” makes such a strong statement for war as “drug” or “adrenaline rush,” as it is referred to, that it’s practically an army recruitment film. Despite the horrific violence associated with defusing IEDs in Iraq, perhaps the most revolting shot in the movie is….a row of cereal boxes in an ordinary grocery store. The film’s message is that, insane as it is, war has its attractions. I don’t think Renner is quite charismatic enough in the lead, though, and in the final two reels of this (130-minute) film, things begin to seem repetitive. It was still looking for a distributor last time I checked, but supposedly a bidding war was underway. It’ll probably have to wait until next year for a theatrical release because it’s not an Oscar-type movie but rather an in-your-face actioner from the director of “Point Break” and “Strange Days.” It may be the most macho Iraq film yet. Certainly it’s right up there with “The Kingdom.” Later I saw Kevin Smith’s “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” and was impressed. I’m not a fan of Smith’s–I hated “Chasing Amy” and skipped some of his other work (“Mallrats,” that Ben Affleck movie, whatever)–but this is the funniest Kevin Smith movie I’ve seen since “Clerks” and might be his best ever. It’s an archly profane comedy (and a parody of the standard rom-com) in which Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) are longtime roommates (they’ve known each other since first grade) who are so desperate to pay their bills (the electricity and water have been shut off) that they decide to star in a porno together. (Rogen, gently taking her hand: “Will you have sex with me on camera for money?” Banks: “I will!”) The when-will-these-two-find-they’re-perfect-for-each-other outlines of the plot are formulaic, but the story beats actually work together as neatly as in a Hollywood film. It’s as is Smith has seen some Judd Apatow movies and decided: Ah. That’s how it’s done. The usual tiresome two-page rants about religion and pop culture are gone, the actors are top-notch and the naughty language and sight gags (there is a heaping helping of excremental comedy, and the big payoff comes with the heroine sitting on the toilet) are at the service of character and story rather than the reverse. This is an excellent raunchy comedy…a raun-com? “When Harry Did Sally”? I expect it will out-earn any previous film of Smith’s. It’s consistently funny with a dash of sweetness, and it makes excellent use of Craig Robinson (“The Office,” “Knocked Up,” “Pineapple Express”), who really ought to be starring in comedies by now.]]>
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VJ Morton1
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  • Another excuse to use the word ‘porn’ in the headline
    (”Zack and Miri Make a Porno” is briefly mentioned in this.)

    Another excuse to use the word ‘porn’ in the headline

    Particularly since you apparently can’t use the word “porno” in a movie title.

    ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO is released today and the very title and the fact it’s a Kevin Smith comedy that had trouble with the ratings board tells you it’s not something to take grandma to. But this detail down in the guts of this Yahoo Movies post is completely bizarre. Quite a few newspapers, TV stations and billboard owners are demanding that the film just be called ZACK AND MIRI.

    Aside from Larry Miller’s theater chain, fifteen newspapers along with several TV stations and billboard owners have been refusing to promote the flick across the country because of that word. As Philadelphia deputy mayor Rina Cutler said in a phone interview with The Wall Street Journal, “If they want to call the movie ‘Zack and Miri,’ that’s fine, but Zack and Miri cannot make a porno on my bus shelters.”

    Amazingly the film’s marketers are responding. See the photo attached to this post. And here’s Mark Caro at the Chicago Tribune on some of the TV ads:

    this past weekend on “Saturday Night Live” — a late-night comedy show famous for sketches such as the one about the “Schweddy Balls”— an ad truncated the title to “Zack and Miri.”
    Yet on a commercial during Sunday night’s final Rays-Red Sox playoff game, the title once again was “Zack and Miri Make a Porno.”
    I asked Smith what the deal was, and here’s his account via e-mail:

    A “Make a Porno”-less ad was prepared for “Monday Night Football” (they wouldn’t take the “Make a Porno” version, as football is a ‘family-friendly entertainment’ … which is why you can see all manner of erectile dysfunction ads during the game). Weinstein Co. accidentally serviced that ad to “SNL” as well — arguably the only network show that would’ve been okay with the unedited “Make a Porno” title. (Indeed, we’ve run the unchanged “Make a Porno” ads on “SNL” for two weeks prior now).
    “People [deleted] baffle me, sir….”

    Now, I can understand refusing to book the film, as one theater chain is doing, or refusing ads for it, as publishers have the right to do. But what is the logic of accepting an ad for the film with a different title?

    Is it supposed to raise the community’s moral fiber by actually changing the content of the let-us-stipulate-immoral movie?

    Or is it supposed to raise the community’s moral fiber by making sure that someone who might not be interested in ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO would go to ZACK AND MIRI and thereby see the let-us-stipulate-immoral movie that they would have avoided otherwise?

    I would be for censorship if censors just weren’t so [deleted] stupid.

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  • Kevin Smith's Red State: Horror-Porn Goes Waco
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    Lifestyle Red State isn’t the political jeremiad its title portends...until it is.Writer/director Kevin Smith’s latest film can’t decide what it wants to be -- a bare-knuckled thriller, a conventional horror yarn, or a government conspiracy rant.It’s all of the above, a genre mash-up without conviction, purpose, or clarity. It’s the least Kevin Smith-like film in the comedy director’s canon, but it still can’t reverse a downward spiral that appeared to bottom out with last year’s Cop Out.And, if Red State is any indication, he shouldn’t consider a career as a political columnist anytime soon.The film is set in a small town where a congregation in the Westboro Baptist Church mold pickets the funerals of gays and other “sinners.”A local school teacher tries to explain why the town must let the  crazed churchgoers speak even if what they say is uniformly wicked. It‘s a free speech thing, but no one around agrees with what they‘re selling.“Even ultra conservatives avoid this guy,” the teacher tells her class, a line which seems to nullify any potential religious critique Smith has in mind.Three hormonal students have more important matters in mind than some morally bankrupt church. They’ve struck up a cyber-friendship with a 30-something woman and plan to meet her for a group sexual encounter. It’s a rushed, impractical excuse to set the story in motion, but audiences can forgive plenty if the payoff delivers.The boys meet the mystery woman (Melissa Leo), who clearly looks older than her advertised age, but they’re too horny to quibble about that or the depressing trailer she calls home.“The devil’s right in here,” Leo’s character purrs, handing them spiked beers to quaff before the orgy commences. The drugged boys wake up in a church where they’re about to be sacrificed by a maniacal preacher named Abin Cooper (Michael Parks).“It’s gonna get grown-up in here,” Cooper says after a long-winded sermon, ushering the children out so that a Hostel-style slaughter can commence.Red State reaches its zenith here, as Smith’s camera shakes and shudders to capture the fear felt by the stunned young men. And Parks, a relative unknown given a pretty big spotlight, is mesmerizing as a man who can make fire and brimstone sound downright charming.“God doesn’t love you...unless you fear him,” Parks says. class="pages"> https://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2011/9/30/kevin-smiths-red-state-horror-porn-goes-waco/ previous Page 1 of 2 next   ]]>
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