What do you do when you have a mountain of debt and nowhere can you get some extra cash? This is the predicament that Zack and Miri face as they are on the verge of eviction in ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO. This is a welcome return for its writer and director Kevin Smith ( CLERKS, DOGMA) whose past films haven’t connected with the audience. Underneath the raunchy, crude humor and laugh out loud dialogue, there’s an engaging love story to be told. The film teams up once again Seth Rogen (Zack) and Elizabeth Banks (Miri) who starred in THE 40-YEAR OLD VIRGIN together as well as real-life friends Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes (Lester) from their days as Jay and Silent Bob.
The film highlights Zack and Miri’s series of unfortunate incidents throughout their daily life. From Zack at his dead-end barista job to Miri accidentally landing on the internet involving her underwear, you begin to garner a little sympathy for their situation. While attending their 10-year high school reunion, Zack shares an amusing exchange with gay porn actor “just Brandon” (played humorously by Justin Long) about life in the pornography industry and the amount of money one can make for having sex on camera. It isn’t until when their power gets shut off that they realize something needs to happen for them to make some cash and to better their situation. With their dignity and their self-respect at its lowest, Zack comes up with the idea of making a porno. Miri agrees to go along with this bizarre plan with the two promising that having sex will not ruin their friendship.
In order for Zach’s idea to come to fruition, he enlists his barista co-worker and pal, Delaney (played by Craig Robinson) to fund their project and plays the part of the producer. With Delaney on board, they hold auditions for the perfect actors with “unique” qualities to include in their homegrown porno. In their search, they find Bubbles ( Traci Lords), Lester ( Mewes), Barry ( Ricky Mabe), Stacey ( Katie Morgan) and Deacon ( Jeff Anderson). Amidst all of the filming and the obstacles that the fearless group come up against, an underlying and brewing romance begins to develop for Zack and Miri in a hilarious scene they “act “ out in front of their peers.
One would have to commend Smith’s choice of casting for the supporting roles. Current porn star queen Katie Morgan delivers a noteworthy performance, not bad for her first time in a mainstream role. Ricky Mabe and former porn star Traci Lords provide laughable scenes that help sustain the film’s laugh factor.
Overall, director Kevin Smith tackled this raunchy, clever love story and knocks this one out of the ballpark. Although, the film is quite predictable and scenarios seem implausible, there is guaranteed laughter throughout.
Zack and Miri Make a Porno stars
Brandon Routh and
Tisha Campbell-Martin. The script was written and directed by
Zack and Miri Make a Porno is rated R for strong crude sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity and pervasive language. Running time is 101 minutes.
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Zack and Miri Make a Porno and to make your own porn name, visit the official website at (http://www.zackandmiri.com).
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