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Zack And Miri Make A Porno

2

Nice foreplay, shame about the sticky patches...

In Kevin Smith’s eighth feature, two longterm flatmates with financial worries suddenly realise they love each other while being filmed copulating on a sack of coffee beans.

Oh Kev, you old romantic! This key clinch is one of several, along with an adult actress who can blow bubbles out of her nethers (Traci Lords), a pair of bickering gay porn hunks (Justin Long and Brandon Routh) and a scene where a luckless cameraman (Clerks’ Jeff Anderson) gets a face full of faeces from the rectum of a constipated starlet.

True, in the early going, a good rate of gags hit the mark. But when push comes to shove, Zack And Miri is all talk - a ribald riot of twisted movie titles (Lawrence Of A Labia, Cock And Lips Now), cultish referencing (Sleeping With The Enemy, Highlander) and a tired skit that pays lip-service to Smith’s trademark Star Wars fetish:
strapped for cash, wannabe auteurs Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks conceive a Star Whores spoof populated by the likes of Hung Solo, Princess Lay-Her and Darth Vibrator.

That the latter never gets past the planning stage (hey, George Lucas’ tolerance only goes so far) embodies the script’s essential prudery and reluctance to make
good on its titular promise. Put simply, it’s all lube and no spunk.

It’s also old hat, the trials and tribulations of making a low-budget skin flick having already been well-mined in Jeff Bridges’ 2005 comedy The Moguls. What ultimately scuppers Zack And Miri is its bare-faced double standards,

Smith being happy to flaunt the assets of real-life erotica star Katie Morgan and the flaccid cock of serial dependent Jason Mewes while keeping Rogen and Banks discreetly half-clothed.

This have-my-cake hypocrisy undermines the film’s satirical ambitions and makes it only one knowing smirk away from outright exploitation.

Mark Samuels

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    • alank1975

      Dec 6th 2008, 22:14

      1

      One star only because a half star option not available. Absolutely terrible movie, this coming from a huge Smith fan. One funny part in the entire movie and that was mentioned in the review. Come on Kev, do another Clerks, another Dogma, hell even another Jersey Girl.

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    • Jkisonfire

      Dec 13th 2008, 11:25

      Jesus, why would you want him to make another 'Dogma' it's his worst movie by faaaaaaaaaar !!

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    • casinoheat

      Dec 22nd 2008, 19:44

      4

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    • Mathe

      Jan 7th 2009, 16:37

      3

      Also coming from a big Smith head, this film was pretty poor. Enjoyed seeing Jeff Anderson again tho.

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    • zakmccormack

      Mar 21st 2009, 14:24

      2

      This was very disappointing, Seth Rogan films are usually quite good but this to be totally honest was fairly poor.

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      May 21st 2009, 17:45

      2

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    • thedazzler73

      Nov 15th 2009, 21:28

      4

      I was expecting very little from this and was amazingly surprised to love it. Craig Robinson (Darryl from US Office) was on top form and Brandon Routh showed he can do more than man of steel stuff. Enjoyed the chemistry of the titular pair and now cant wait for Green Hornet

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