Zack and Miri Make a PornoLets get it on
Seth Rogen. Elizabeth Banks. Craig Robinson. Gerry Bednob. Justin Long.
from starring in writer/director Kevin Smith's latest film, "Zack and
Miri Make a Porno," what do all of the above actors have in common?
They're starters on Judd Apatow's comedic talent roster.
director of films like "Clerks" and "Mallrats" hasn't matured enough to
make a first-rate comedy, but he has acquired enough insight (or is it,
common sense?) to cast the familiar faces that have made films like
"The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Knocked Up" and "Superbad" comedic
It seems like a natural fit when you think about
it, being as both Apatow and Smith have a tendency to make crude,
pants-down comedies with big, clunky emotional anchors. The difference
is in how they're carried out. While Apatow is the big kid on the
playground, Kevin Smith is still in potty training - literally.
latest flick focuses on lifelong platonic friends Zack (Rogen) and Miri
(Banks) who are in financial dire straits. From the get-go, Smith lays
out the potty humor in a string of excessive F-words, A-words, and the
always popular C- and P-words. Smith makes sure his films will never be
capable of entertaining the masses, only those with a high tolerance
for elegantly delivered crudities and curses.
The two go to a
high school reunion where Zack initiates a bathroom quickie with a
married former classmate and Miri embarrasses herself by propositioning
the graduating class's hottest hunk, Bobby Long (Brandon Routh,
"Superman Returns"), who turns out to not only be gay but also a big
porn star, who's in from L.A. with his boyfriend (Justin Long).
you may have guessed, this is where Zack and Miri get their brilliant
idea - resolve respective cash flow problems by making an adult film
together, which initially takes shape as a sci-fi parody called "Star
Whores." It shouldn't come as a surprise that a "Star Wars" porn
takeoff would appear in this Kevin Smith film, as the director is a
huge fan of the series and seems to work it into every film he makes.
the help of his longtime fellow coffee-shop workmate and "producer"
Delaney (Craig Robinson), Zack gets the ball rolling on his porno. The
cast is comprised of Lester (Jason Mewes, the not-so-silent half of Jay
and Silent Bob), who can be ready for action at a moment's notice;
Bubbles (porn legend Traci Lords), a veteran performer at bachelor
parties and Deacon (Jeff Anderson of "Clerks"), who qualifies as
director of photography by having taped some high school football
games. The gang is rounded out with Stacey ("Porn 101" star Katie
Morgan), who performs sexual specialties.
great until the cameras begin to roll on Zack and Miri's intimate sex
scene, where the two are forced to assess their relationship and the
unexpected feelings that arise from having so-called meaningless sex
for monetary gain.
In the vein of films like "Knocked Up" and
"Forgetting Sarah Marshall," "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" takes a
chubby, geeky guy and puts him in the fantastical scenario of having
sex with a stunning, gorgeous woman who actually seems to like it.
Needless to say, geeky guys everywhere are finally feeling
vindicated - as if all their collective years spent as "the nice guy"
might actually pay off somewhere down the line.
between Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks is what makes this movie worth
seeing. Banks is really coming into her own as of late and it's only a
matter of time until she breaks out and finds her place as a genuine
leading lady. Craig Robinson, who has appeared in "Knocked Up" and more
recently, "Pineapple Express," is refreshingly funny as Delaney and
hey, even Justin Long steals a few scenes.
disappointing films, "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" is Smith's best
cinematic effort since 1997's "Chasing Amy." Though it is especially
crude and raunchy, the film still manages to be sweet and heartfelt. In
the way that having sex can turn into making love, "Zack and Miri"
manages to surpass meaningless potty humor and make a move towards