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Zack and Miri
Make a Porno

Genre: Comedy, Romance
Rated: R
Directed by:
Kevin Smith
Starring: Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Robinson,
Traci Lords, Jason Mewes, Brandon Routh, Justin Long
Released by: The Weinstein Company

In Short: After a number of cinematic stumbles, writer-director Kevin Smith finally comes up with a winner of a comedy.
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Romantic Porn?
Kevin Smith Scores with a Funny, Sexy Comedy

After going too far over the edge of good taste with his last couple of truly abysmal films—Clerks II, Jersey Girls, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back—Kevin Smith is back on form with Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

A funny, sexy flick that is only R-rated despite the seemingly racier title, the story follows Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (the luminously beautiful Elizabeth Banks), two lifelong friends and current roommates who are completely broke. When their heat and electricity are shut off, the pair realizes that desperate measures are needed to shore up their bank accounts, and thus decide to make a pornographic film and then market it on the Internet.

Enlisting a co-worker buddy to put up the cash needed (Craig Robinson of The Office fame), the three begin the very-funny process of recruiting porn actors to populate their movie. The audition scenes are priceless, and when real-life teen porn star Traci Lords arrives on the scene, still looking like a hot sex bomb despite now being 40 years old, the comedy kicks into high gear.

Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks in Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Traci Lords, Jason Mewes, Craig Robinson and Katie Morgan in Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Smith, who often goes for incredibly crude moments that only Neanderthal males would laugh at (like the seriously distasteful donkey sex scene in Clerks II, for example), has shockingly made a movie about porn that both men and women will really enjoy. It's a deft blend of good jokes mixed with a real, believable romance, a well-acted comedy that is designed to make even the most conservative filmgoers change their minds about seeing a movie with the word "Porno" in the title. Apparently the talent Smith showed back in the early nineties with Clerks and Mallrats hasn't disappeared after all.

Reviewed by Jenny Peters

PKR100608 (Updated: 10/31/08 KR)

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