ZACK & MIRI MAKE A PORNO
Lifelong friends and roommates Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) are facing hard times and a mountain of debt. When the electricity and plumbing get cut off, they seize upon the idea of making a homegrown porno movie for some quick cash, enlisting the help of their friends. The two vow that having sex will not ruin their friendship. But as filming begins, what started out as a business proposition between friends turns into something much more.
Review by Louise Keller:
It's crude and rude but there's something endearingly innocent about Kevin Smith's aptly titled comedy in which a dabble in porn becomes a mother of a funny set up. Seth Rogan is as good here as he was in Knocked Up, Elisabeth Banks is lovely, and Smith has concocted a crazy story with an ensemble of unlikely characters that somehow strikes a chord. There's foul language, nudity and simulated sex, while the comedy includes the ultra broad and aims to shock. But couched in this R-rated bubble is the sweet romance between Rogan's Zack and Elisabeth Bank's Miri, who discover a world of possibilities when their platonic relationship crosses new boundaries.
When we first meet Zack and Miri at home in the flat they share, we understand there is nothing sexual about their relationship. They have been friends since first grade and share the bills, just as they share everything else. It all starts with their graduation class reunion and it is outright funny when Miri propositions her football hero Bobby Long (Brandon Routh). 'Don't thank me, just f**k me,' she says, before realising her idol prefers boys (Justin Long is a hoot as his boyfriend Brandon St Randy). But there are more important things to think about - Zack and Miri have no water, power or heat at home and the unpaid bills are mounting up. Zack's idea to make a low budget porn movie with their friends is one of desperation. After all, Miri's photo, wearing a pair of grannie knickers is already circulating on the internet and besides, 'Porn has gone mainstream - like Coke'.
There are titty auditions as well as others which defy description, except to say one involves bubbles where we might be used to seeing ping pong balls. The laughs are broad as Rogan's Zack comes up with a hilarious erotic reimagining sci-fi porno called Star Whores with Princess Lei-her, Hung Solo and Darth Vibrator. Needless to say, everything goes wrong, but the tricky part remains the sex scene between Zack and Miri, who are concerned having sex will not change or destroy their friendship. There's good support with Craig Robinson as Zack's breast-obsessed colleague, Kevin Smith regular Jason Mewes as Lester the Molester, Traci Lords as the effervescent Bubbles and porn star Katie Morgan as the buxom, uninhibited Stacey. It's a credit to Smith that this collision of moral extremes is such fun.
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ZACK & MIRI MAKE A PORNO (R)
CAST: Elizabeth Banks, Seth Rogen, Traci Lords, Jason Mewes, Ricky Mabe, Craig Robinson, Katie Morgan, Jeff Anderson, Gerry Bednob, Edward Janda,
PRODUCER: Scott Mosier
DIRECTOR: Kevin Smith
SCRIPT: Kevin Smith
CINEMATOGRAPHER: David Klein
EDITOR: Kevin Smith
MUSIC: James L. Venable
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Robert Holtzman
RUNNING TIME: 101 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: February 19, 2009