Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

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Director: Kevin Smith, Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Robinson

Cast: Kevin Smith, Seth Rogen, 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. Friends

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.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2009
UPC:
0796019819305
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
R
Source:
Weinstein Company
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
30,836

Special Features

Disc 1 - Deleted Scenes; ; Disc 2 - 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 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
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer

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]
1. More Delaney And Mr Surya [1:17]

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Zack and Miri Make a Porno 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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GothamCity06365 More than 1 year ago
Zack & Miri comedy about friends so down on thier luck they decide to make a porno film is certainly not up there with Dogma, Chasing Amy or Clerks but it's not as bad as Mallrats. The plot is pretty predictable but even Kevin Smith can find ways of finding ways of mixing porno and his affection with things comic book and Star Wars. Set Rogen and Elizabeth Banks are likable enough and the supporting staff all have there moment to shine. It's always nice to see Jeff Anderson back with the gang. As far as I am concerned Kevin Smith can do no harm. I would buy his next movie if it was paint drying so everyonce in awhile you have to realize he may not hit the mark, but he is still funnier them most of the stuff out there
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Typical Kevin Smith- very funny and surprizing
Cilohocla More than 1 year ago
Another Kevin Smith movie goes unheralded. Smith's movies are all funny in different ways. I am a big fan of them all. I have no idea why this movie did so poorly at the box office. Seth Rogen has had hit after hit. But for some reason this one didn't bring in the bucks. Go check it out anyway. It's way too funny and not for the kids!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I frequently watch movies without reading what they are about. The title drew me in, and I found the movie to be hilarious many times. I didn't see the build up into the love story until close to the end so I liked that too.
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SusHarvey More than 1 year ago
This movie was awful. I am angry at myself for having watched even part of it. The best part of the movie was, oh wait, there wasn't one.
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
Did not care much for the male nudity, excess language, and one scene in particular that was actually pretty disturbing. Other than that, it was pretty funny...worth watching maybe every once in a while when you're in the right kind of circumstance. I did enjoy the collaboration between some of Kevin Smith's crew and Seth Rogen, who is often in a lot of Judd Apatow films. The cast all worked well together, it seemed. Parents, this is not a movie for kids obviously. Alot of parents let their kids watch rated R movies and such, (even I saw a few rated R movies when I was young), but out of any rated R movies NOT to show your kids, this would definitely be one of them. If u have a weak constitution or an aversion to too much language or nudity, then I also do not recommend this film to you. However, if you like a good, crassely humored movie or just enjoy Kevin Smith movies, then this movie may likely be for you. Probably wouldn't be one that I would own due to some of the content and whatnot, but I might rent it once in a blue moon or something if I get on some Kevin Smith kick or something like that.