Darren Michaels
Adam B. Vary
October 30, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
101 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/31/08
performer
Elizabeth Banks, Seth Rogen, Traci Lords
director
Kevin Smith
distributor
The Weinstein Company
author
Kevin Smith
genre
Comedy, Drama

We gave it an C-

The plot is pretty much right there in the title: Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks), old friends and roommates, decide to make an amateur porn movie one day because they’re broke. Plus, Rogen says, ”I feel like a lot of people want to f— their friends. That’s always relatable.” But when it came time for the two title characters to actually do the deed, writer-director Smith, never exactly known as a paragon of restraint, told his leads not to doff their clothes. ”A wave of relief came over them,” recalls Smith. ”Everything was conveyed across their faces. It’s pretty romantic and a little naughty at the same time.”

Banks, for one, is happy to talk up Zack and Miri’s romantic qualities. ”It’s a very sweet movie,” the actress says. ”I’m telling you, people cry at the end. It’s really adorable. The title’s misleading.” Not too misleading, though. Smith promises the film still contains ”the most filthy things we’ve ever said and done [in my films]. You’re not going to walk in and be like, ‘There ain’t no porn in this movie.”’

OUR TWO CENTS Thankfully, it sounds more Chasing Amy than Jersey Girl, but we’re still wrapping our brain around the idea of an adorable Kevin Smith flick. 10/31

DEEP DIVE Smith blogs regularly at silentbobspeaks.com.

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