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Movie Review: Zack and Miri Make a Porno September 9, 2008

Posted by Mitch Kayak in movie reviews.
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Last night me and my esteemed colleague Mike Scioscia’s tragic illness were able to attend a screening of Zack and Miri Make a Porno here in NYC. Going into this movie, I really had no expectations.  I mean as a young man of course I enjoyed Kevin Smith movies, but lately he hasn’t really released anything that I wanted to see.  Thankfully, after seeing the preview for this movie recently he has come back to topics I enjoy: Pornography and Sci Fi.  Also, he cast one of my favorite actors who steals scenes no matter what movie he is in: Craig Robinson.  You might not recognize the name, but probably know him as Darryl from The Office or the bouncer from Knocked Up.  Seriously, this guy could say anything and I laugh my ass off.

So with those thoughts in, let me just say that after viewing it I got pretty much what I wanted.  It is pretty hilarious and amazingly raunchy. I seriously have no idea how Kevin Smith got the MPAA to reduce the rating to an R without making any further cuts.  There is one scene in here that I had heard about going in but in no way was I prepared for it.  Just think 2 girls 1 cup without willing participants.

With all that said, the ending falls prey to Kevin Smith disease, where he feels the need to tack on a heartwarming ending that is just a little too neat. There were a couple lines towards the end were I had to stifle a laugh at how cheesy they were. To quote someone coming out of the movie, “can’t it just be about people making a porno?” Amen good sir, amen.  In today’s turbulent times we must, nay it is our duty, to learn about those valiant people churning out well meaning porn.

This is not to say I didn’t enjoy it.  Seth Rogen is his usual affable self, Elizabeth Banks gets in some good lines,  and porn star Katie Morgan and ex-porn star Traci Lords manage to not make me notice that they can’t act.  I’m also glad to see Jason Mewes and the dude who played Randall in Clerks and Clerks 2 are still getting work from Kevin Smith. And then there is the always reliable Craig Robinson who has some of the funniest lines in the whole thing.   To tell the truth the real scene stealer is Justin Long as a gay porn star.  Seriously, if for no other reason you have to go see the movie for his appearance at the beginning and the short before the credits. Anyone who can compare Brandon Routh’s asshole to an orchid deserves some sort of shout out.

Final Grade: B

Final comment: Hilariously demented, but sadly falls prey to Kevin Smith disease.

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