Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Of all the Kevin Smith movies I’ve seen, and that’s just Clerks, Dogma and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, I’d say Zack and Miri Make a Porno could be the best. Let me explain why.
Elizabeth Banks, in one of her eight movies this year, plays Miri, and Seth Rogen Zack, her lovable loser roommate. They’re broke, and running out of options. After an embarrassing high school reunion, Zack and Miri decide to capitalize on their class mailing list by making a porn film. But will sex forever change their friendship? I think you can guess where this is going.
This is one of the most sexually explicit films I’ve ever seen, maybe the most. Couple that with all the foul language the characters spew out, and I can understand how they had to fight this down to an R rating. But more important than the dirtiness of the dialogue is that it is funny. And it is. Ebert compared the dialogue to that of Mamet, and that easily comes to mind becaue they reference Glengary Glen Ross, but it makes sense too. These characters speak this kind of heightened language, and it works. There’s a great comedic… poetry to it. I feel like this was one of the better comedies of the whole year.
I think Kevin Smith did some fine work here, the story is charming, funny, and shocking. The soundtrack was a lot more pronounced than I was expecting, even with a few “music scenes,” if you know what I mean. The film is very sharp, and probably Smith’s best work as a director, writer, and editor.
The cast really brought it too. This is probably Seth Rogen’s best performance. Elizabeth Banks is cute, and continues to demonstrate her versatility. Craig Robinson is hilarious as usual. Justin Long has won me back, he’s fantastic here. It’s amazing how far Jason Mewes is willing to go. Everyone here is on their A-Game.
Zack and Miri Make a Porno is vulgar, explicit, filthy movie. That could be an acceptable reason for lots of people to avoid it. But if you’re old enough, there are enough laugh-out-loud moments and the actors are so good that this should not be missed.