Zack and Miri are two lifelong friends who are deep in debt and enlist the help of their friends to make a porno movie for some quick cash. But as everybody starts "doing" everybody, Zack and Miri realize that they may have more feelings for each other than they previously thought.
Fans of writer/director Kevin Smith (auteur
and Chasing Amy
) should run to see Zack and Miri Make a Porno
--the adored filmmaker has clearly made this with his hardcore following in mind. Zack (Seth Rogen, Knocked Up
) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks, Slither
) are longtime friends and housemates who, after their power and water get shut off, turn to pornography to pay their bills. After assembling a cheerful and perhaps dimwitted cast and crew, the hapless pair launch into their cynical yet heartwarming scheme with enthusiasm, only to discover--spoiler alert!
--that they have feelings for each other. Smith clearly wanted to make a sex comedy with heart, something in the vein of The 40 Year Old Virgin
.Unfortunately, Zack and Miri Make a Porno
combines the mawkish, formulaic sentimentality of Jersey Girl
with the belabored, formulaic sex gags of Clerks II
. For a movie that clearly hearkens back to Smith's own experiences making the beloved and archetypally cheap-and-dirty Clerks
, Zack and Miri Make a Porno
is sadly generic and predictable. But Smith's fanbase will appreciate that the movie has snarky jokes about science fiction, a good dose of bare breasts (and two actual porn stars, Traci Lords and Katie Morgan), and the schlubby guy/hot chick dynamic that drives a thousand sitcoms. --Bret Fetzer
Stills from Zack and Miri Make a Porno (Click for larger image)