Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

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Director: Kevin Smith

Cast: Elizabeth Banks, Craig Robinson

     
 

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Their debts mounting as their bank accounts dry up, longtime friends Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) plot to solve all their financial problems by making an adult film with movie geek appeal. Zack is a barista who doesn't make big tips, and Miri isn't exactly making top dollar either. FriendsSee more details below

Overview

Their debts mounting as their bank accounts dry up, longtime friends Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) plot to solve all their financial problems by making an adult film with movie geek appeal. Zack is a barista who doesn't make big tips, and Miri isn't exactly making top dollar either. Friends since grade school, they share a cramped apartment together, but the bills are piling up faster than their paychecks. Then, at their class reunion, the two friends meet up with a former classmate who's shot to success in the adult film industry. Inspired after a YouTube video of Miri in her granny panties goes viral, Zack and his roommate round up a crew and begin production on their masterpiece. When the time comes for Zack and Miri to shoot their first scene together, however, unexpected emotions start to bubble to the surface, prompting them both to wonder if they've somehow mistaken true love for mere friendship all these years.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
On paper, Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno would appear to be a perfect project for his particular comedic style -- a blend of R-rated talk and a G-rated mushiness. The premise is a perfect high-concept pitch -- platonic BFFs Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) are struggling twentysomethings who decide to make the titular adult film after their financial situation turns dire, and they meet a surprise guest at their high school reunion (a scene-stealing Justin Long) with an unusual career history. The catch, of course, is that they have no idea how doin' it will alter their close friendship. The setup allows Smith to revel in tons of gleefully vulgar jokes, which he spreads among every member of the cast. Rogen brings his winning slacker charm to Zack, keeping his vulnerabilities poorly hidden behind a barrage of profanity. Banks matches him well; her desperation, especially when she throws herself at an old crush (a surprisingly sweet Brandon Routh), explains why she would remain devoted to her and Zack's friendship. And since both these young actors graduated from the Judd Apatow School of Raunchy Sentiment, they know how to balance the gross-out with the heartfelt. Kevin Smith's dialogue falls short of matching the dizzying highs hit by Apatow and Co., but his decision to cast his talented new collaborators was a savvy move. These progenies of modern comedy all know how to get the maximum impact out of what's on the page, but sadly, Smith himself falls back on the familiar View Askew faces like Jason Mewes and Jeff Anderson -- both of whom continually dissipate the movie's freshness, as neither is talented enough to bring anything new to the table. It's not that they're bad, they're just woefully uninspired. Smith's refusal to find new creative partnerships compromises not only the performances, but the look of the film as well. Cinematographer Dave Klein ("DP Dave" to those who enjoy Smith's always entertaining commentaries) recycles the same static setups from Clerks, mimicking the 15-year-old waking-up montage almost shot for shot during the opening credits. Chasing Amy may well have been the high point of Smith's career, revealing his talent for examining the sometimes uncomfortable collision between friendship and romantic love, but Zack and Miri still finds a fresh approach to this topic, most notably by avoiding the typical love triangle. The big scene where the two leads finally get it on in front of the camera turns out to be a highlight of Smith's career. Close up, we see the touching, intimate moment the two are sharing, while further back, we see how hilariously unpornographic it looks to everybody else on set. He wrings laughs out of the hazy border shared by love and sex without being prudish or sappy, and it's an achievement that showcases the best of what this film offers. Unfortunately, the third act never strays from the standard structure of every romantic comedy -- misunderstanding, then breakup, then will-they-or-won't-they-reunite tension. There are no surprises, and while anybody still with the film won't abandon it at this point, there is the nagging sense you're watching unrealized potential -- a problem common to all of Smith's films since Dogma. In a sense, this makes Zack and Miri stand out as Kevin Smith's most thoroughly representative film -- both for better and for worse.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2009
UPC:
0796019817561
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
R
Source:
Weinstein Company
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
1,584

Special Features

Popcorn Porn: The making of Zack and Miri; Money shots webisodes; Comic-con 2008; Outtakes, Ad-libs and bloopers; Seth Vs. Justin: Battle for improvisational supremacy

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Seth Rogen Zack,Zack Brown
Elizabeth Banks Miri Linky
Craig Robinson Delaney
Jason Mewes Lester
Jeff Anderson Deacon
Traci Lords Bubbles
Katie Morgan Stacey
Ricky Mabe Barry
Brandon Routh Bobby Long
Gerry Bednob Mr. Surya
Justin Long Brandon

Technical Credits
Kevin Smith Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Carla Gardini Executive Producer
Laura Greenlee Co-producer
Robert H. Holtzman Production Designer
David Klein Cinematographer
Scott Mosier Producer
Whit Norris Sound/Sound Designer
Salvador Perez Costumes/Costume Designer
Leslie Rodier Associate Producer
James L. Venable Score Composer
Elise G. Viola Art Director
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Zack and Miri Make a Porno
1. Morning In Monroeville [4:15]
2. Black Friday [3:24]
3. Granny Panties [3:55]
4. What Happened to the Water? [1:28]
5. Monroeville High's Class of 1998 10-Year Reunion [3:04]
6. Bobby Long and Brandon St. Randy [9:47]
7. "We Can Make a Porno!" [4:07]
8. The Proposal [3:01]
9. Securing the Producer [2:42]
10. Finding the Cast [4:30]
11. Pre-Production Meeting [3:34]
12. Star Whores [4:00]
13. Going Down [4:52]
14. Swallow My Cockuccino [5:12]
15. The Morning After [4:37]
16. Zack and Miri Make a Porno [6:35]
17. Wrap Party [3:24]
18. The Test [3:00]
19. Front Street [5:34]
20. Three Months Later [3:04]
21. Every Movie Needs an Ending [4:21]
22. A Happy Ending [7:23]
23. Zack and Miri Make Your Porno [5:28]

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