Review: Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

Zack and Miri

Directed by: Kevin Smith
Starring: Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Robinson

Zack and Miri is Kevin Smith’s tale about a pair of lifelong platonic friends, as the title implies, who are presently struggling with their dead-end jobs and a way to pay off their mammoth utility bills. After Zack has an epiphany following a rather graphic chat with an actor at his and Miri’s 10-year high school reunion, he pitches an idea to write, star in and produce their own adult film. Just as everything begins to fall into place, the two begin to discover that they might indeed have true hidden feelings for one another that they’ve previously been afraid to share.

With Kevin Smith helming the project, you could most likely assume that this movie, title aside, is as vulgar as vulgar can be. With this in mind, anyone who’s a fan of his body of work will undoubtedly appreciate the graphic dialogue and gross-out gags characteristic of it. Despite this, and although Smith resorts to busting out his overtly romantic tendencies, Zack and Miri just doesn’t seem as… intelligent as let’s say Clerks, or even Dogma. Granted, with this type of subject matter, how serious could you get? But, towards the end of the film, you’ll see what I’m talking about.

However, the movie is quite hilarious at parts, with Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks (surprisingly) exhibiting a great amount of chemistry onscreen. The supporting cast is equally as impressive, with Justin Long’s brief appearance as gay porn star Brandon St. Randy promptly making my face ache from laughing so hard. Even though Smith’s wide array of incredibly crude jokes and scenarios work well from start to finish, it’s hard to say that they tie in appropriately with the more emotionally-charged framework that the plot implies. This is probably my least favorite aspect of the film, but it’s forgivable to an extent when a barenaked Jason Mewes comes strolling along to lighten the mood.

So essentially, Zack and Miri is more or less an intriguing Kevin Smith-inspired take on a tried and true “romcom” movie formula. It’s filled with tons of crude sex-related humor that’s sure to please, as well as a couple of gross-out gags for good measure. The cast is solid all around, despite Rogen consistently playing the one role he’s capable of playing, as it obviously works for him and for audiences. To sum it up, Zack and Miri is a decent comedy with just enough to please any fan of Kevin Smith’s work, but there’s a chance it won’t do much for the uninitiated, especially by way of the more heartfelt stuff present throughout.

Rating: 6/10

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