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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Review: ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO


So Zack and Miri made a porno. Then I reviewed it.

Basic Summary (Spoilers May Occur) - not major ones though!

Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) are two friends who have known each other in the platonic way since 1st grade. Now they live in a little loft in the suburbs. However, neither of them have jobs that are that great. Zack works with his best friend Delany (Craig Robinson) at a coffee shop known as Bean-n-Gone, under an unforgiving boss (Gerry Bednob). After work one day, Zack purchases a 'self pleasure' item, and subsequently finds out he cannot pay the bills for the month. The power and water get shut down. So rather than live like hobos, they get Delany to invest as a producer, and decide to join the porn industry with Zack and Miri as the main stars. However... soon it becomes apparent that this media venture will not run as smoothly as it did on paper.





Ever since this movie was put into production there has been controversy left and right. Three times it was rated NC-17, but finally (With an appeal from Smith himself) was dropped down to an R rating (Keep that in mind when you go to see it). Then the poster was banned as well - I put the poster above, look at the bottom of it to see if you can guess why it was deemed 'inappropriate'. When it comes out, it will have controversy too... but thats what a good movie is supposed to do right? Make people talk about it.

Kevin Smith does a fantastic job with the writing and editing as usual, but his real skill lies in directing his actors. Out of the comedy superstars of Rogen and Robinson, Smith manages to turn them into fantastic all around actors. For Robinson and Rogen these may easily be the best performances they have ever had, I could see Rogen doing more romantic comedies, and Robinson quickly moving up to the role of leading man in films soon.

Elizabeth Banks has a great role in this film, and even though it was not written for her, she makes it hers. You really feel the chemistry between Zack and Miri's friendship, and you can tell they have a solid history together. I'm sure that playing a couple with Seth in 40 Year Old Virgin helped that one out a bit, too.

As to the rest of the cast - Gerry Bednob has an interesting role, but he is the only character that I wished we saw on screen more than just once. Jason Mewes plays Lester, an actor in the porno, and he gets every laugh he goes for, a totally different character from his famed 'Jay' and it works very well. Ricky Mabe and Jeff Anderson provide great comic relief, leaving you always wanting more from them, and the gags they are in are often hilarious - to say the least.

As a nice touch, Smith cast Katie Morgan and Traci Lords, both renowned porn stars) as supporting cast members in the film, and the film within a film. The characters are very well done, and well acted, which is good, because adult films are not normally know for their thespian talents. Also playing a porn star is Justin Long (Accepted), as a gay adult film star, who with his friend (Brandon Routh (Superman)) pretty much serves as the inspiration to Zack for creating his new enterprise.

I highly recommend this film and I probably will recommend the DVD when that comes out as well, because im sure in going from an NC-17 rating to an R, there are some pretty epic deleted and extended scenes on the way. And besides, who doesn't want to see the extended edition?

Zack and Miri Make a Porno hits theaters October 31st!!


4 stars



3 comments:

Wilder Shaw said...

Gah. I can't wait. I'm surprised to hear that Jeff Anderson gets laughs because he usually irks me. But I'm excited.

Mark Donica said...

I haven't been able to wait for this film since I heard the name.


....curse you Senor Edmond, but I still cannot wait

Ezra Edmond said...

The film was simply great. Its a film with these actors that we have not seen before. It may be my favorite Kevin Smith piece.

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