Zack and Miri Make a Porno

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VIEWED AND REVIEWED: Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Looking for something light, funny and forgettable? Then Zackand Miri Make a Porno is for you. It's a romantic comedy with an X-rated edge.

Zack and Miri are are adorable slacker roommates who havebeen friends since elementary and are scraping to get by in a very coldPittsburgh. They're not doing a verygood job. On the eve of their ten yearhigh school reunion, Zack and Miri, caught in their joe and jane serviceindustry jobs, have bills stacked up, they're late on the rent, the water'sshut off and the car they share is on its last legs. Can things get any worse? Of course they can. How else would we get our movie? And how else would Zack and Miri hit upon theidea of making a porno?

Kevin Smith (Clerks,Dogma, Clerks II) wrote and directed Zackand Miri and it has his ear for language stamped all over it. If profanity offends you, then you alreadyknow you're not a fan of Mr. Smith. If a9th grade locker room sensibility and understanding of the worldoffends you, then you also already know you're not a fan of Mr. Smith. Still, nobody can make vulgar situationsfunnier than Kevin Smith. (Well, exceptfor maybe the Farrelly brothers.)

What shortcomings there are in the script and the sitcomsimplistic concept of the movie are overcome by the cast's gift for comictiming. This movie, obviously, is allabout Zack and Miri. It's their movieand, if they suck, then the movie would totally stink. But they don't, and it doesn't.

Seth Rogen as Zack has perfected his oaf with a heart ofgold routine and uses it to great effect in this comedy. That sounds like an insult, but itisn't. Not unlike Tom Cruise, BenStiller or Owen Wilson, Rogen has found his 'it' character that works forhim...and us. He should use it.

Miri is given cooky likeability by Elizabeth Banks, perhapsbest known for her role as a flighty nymphomaniac in 40-Year-Old Virgin. In Zack and Miri, Banks takes on lead roleduties and is definitely up to the challenge. Banks can play goofy and she can play it with a realness that makes youroot for her. That's cool.

Generally,Zack and Miri is good for alaugh. Be warned, however, Zackand Miri takes its subject matter to heart and leaves no porn stereotypeuntouched and no boundary unrevealed...all in the name of good clean fun. As the box office manager at The Magnoliasaid on my way in, it's a silly, stupid, fun movie. Truer words could not have been spoken.

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