Zack and Miri Make a Porno

| November 3, 2008

If you’re a typical Fletch reader, then you should already know that I’m a huge fan of Kevin Smith. He’s always been someone I admire and respect, and he’s also been a major influence on my own body of work in indie film. So, it should come to no surprise that I thoroughly enjoyed his latest outing Zack and Miri Make a Porno.
But what did surprise me is how much I loved this film.
Zack and Miri is arguably his best movie to date. He attempted to separate himself from the View Askew world once before with Jersey Girl in 2004, which didn’t go over so well (even though I dug it for what it was). This time around, there’s no Jay and Silent Bob, no clerks, no Jason Lee and no Ben Affleck. Hell, even Smith himself doesn’t make an on-screen appearance. While I’ve truly enjoyed watching these characters return to the screen over the years, there’s something refreshing about Zack and Miri and this no doubt has to do with a new cast. Seth Rogen can do no wrong and kudos to Smith for recruiting an actor for not only his comedic talents, but for his vulnerability aspects as well. And Elizabeth Banks is finally getting the parts she deserves after years of playing second rate supporting roles.
I don’t know if there’s much I can say about the story that hasn’t already been said in other reviews, so I guess I’ll just answer some questions my friends and acquaintances have been asking. Is it as raunchy as Smith’s other flicks? Yes. If you’re offended by crude, dirty humor then stay far away because this is probably the most vulgar movie of the past few years. The flick originally got an NC-17 rating, and truthfully there are a couple scenes where I have no idea how they got around the R-rating. I’ll give you a hint: one of them involves poopy. Does it have romance? Yes. The movie has an incredible amount of heart, which puts it way above your typical crude comedy flick. Rogen and Banks have fantastic chemistry, and they’re also backed by a hilariously talented supporting cast including seasoned Smith players Jason Mewes and Jeff Anderson, as well as newcomers Craig Robinson and Justin Long. It even has a few surprise actors such as Brandon Routh (Superman, duh) as a gay actor, Tom Savini in a small role and porn star Traci Lords as… well, a porn star.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno
beats out Harold and Kumar 2 and Pineapple Express for funniest movie of the year. Its Smith’s most mature film to date, and his skills as a filmmaker continue to grow with each feature. Here’s hoping the flick does well at the box office and on DVD because it deserves it. If you have time over the next few weeks, go see it!
Grade: A+

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