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Zack and Miri Make a Porno (DVD, 2009, 2-Disc Set)

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What We Really Go To the Movies For. ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO.

Mar 22, 2009
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Pros:Lewd, crude, and funny as heck.  Surprisinly sweet and positive movie, with boobs and butts.

Cons:Lewd and Crude.  Really.

The Bottom Line: Funny and raunchy, watch it alone with your signifigant other, or with a group of your buds.  Do not mix the groups!


Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) Directed and Written by Kevin Smith.

Zack: I apologize in advance if I am outta line here, but are you in gay porn?
Brandon: [smiles] Guilty as charged.  I thought you recognized me from my work, but you're not my demographic so I'm not offended.
Zack: Well, who's your demographic?
Brandon: Do you like ((women))? (edited)
Zack: I do.
Brandon: Then not you.

When I first heard about this, I thought, how puerile.  How pointless, juvenile and degrading.  I never made any effort to see it.

Of course, you know I was doomed to watch it at a friend's house.  (I need better friends.)  And I was right; it is puerile, pointless, juvenile and degrading.  It was also hysterical.
Zack (Seth Rogan) is a loser.  He would be a barista, if he gave a damn about the job.  As it is he is just slingin' coffee for a minimal existence.  His roommate and best friend is Miri Linky, (Elizabeth Banks).  I am not sure what her dysfunction is; Zack may actually have organic brain damage.

The duo goes to their high school reunion where Miri throws herself at her old flame Bobby Long (Brandon Routh).  However, Bobby is here with his lover, gay porn star Brandon St. Randy (Justin Long) ((Neat thing there, Brandon plays Long, and Long plays Brandon.  How cute.*)) The whole humiliation of reunion really only set them up for the big letdown.

Utility wars.  First the water, then the gas, and finally, the electric.  All cut for non-payment.  Zack and Miri have hit a low, and desperately need to find a way to come up with cash.

And here is where the whole reunion thing comes in.  Brandon St. Randy, and the mailing list of their high school, it all clicks in Zack's demented little mind.  They will make a porno.  Even with just their high school graduating class, at twenty bucks a pop they would make more than enough to pay off their mountain of debt.

And thus an idea is born.  Homemade porn.  Coming up with the title is a bit of a challenge; they finally hit on Star Wh*res.  Miri is Princess Lay-me, Zack Hung Solo, and they cast for the rest.  Lester Cockenschtuf (Jason Mewes**) ((you knew Silent Bob couldn't make a movie without Jay.  What I didn't know was how HOT he actually is.)) makes it in on the strength of his physical attributes.  Barry (Ricky Mabe) gets in because he is cute, Stacey (Katie Morgan) because she will ...um, takes deliveries in the...never mind; and let's just say that (Tracy Lords' character) Bubbles has a special talent as well.

The best laid plans of mice and Zack look amazingly similar, and there are setbacks, like having their studio demolished the day before shooting.  And even when they get it going, there is many a mini disaster to keep things interesting.

Of course, Zack and Miri promised themselves this was about the money, and things would not get weird between them.  You know how far that went.  Things got very weird.  They started making porn, and ended up making love.

From here, it is pretty much a standard romantic comedy with lots of swear words.  Will they work it out?

Like I said, I went into this movie prejudiced against it, and had a great time.  There is a sweetness that makes it past the expletives and T&A.   Kevin Smith has always had a grasp of people's awkwardness and foibles.  Now, Zack is a horrible person, but you can't help learning to love the shmuck.  And Miri deserves better, but if women were not adept at settling for men who are not good enough for them, the human race would be extinct.  All in all, this is a funny, witty, slightly sexy, definitely off-colour, and for adults only, but still manages to be charming.  Watch it with your honey, or with your buds.  But beer and porkrinds are mandatory.***

This review is Lean-N-Mean, at 666 words exactly.****

*Bobby and Brandon, if you make a porn, I'll preorder.
**Lester, you wanna double dutch rudder?  Call me.
***There is a killer funny easter egg in the credits. 
****Word count with extras ran up to 710.


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