Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) **1/2


Zack and Miri make a porno. Doesn’t sound like the name of a romantic movie but nonetheless, it is. The story is as simple as the name of the movie.

Zack and Miri are childhood best friends who have been living together forever. Neither of them is too bright or ambitious which leads them into a financial crisis. In a moment of desperation they decide that the only intelligent way of getting out of the situation is to 'have sex on tape' and sell it to their classmates. In short they decide to make a full fledged porn movie. So you see them casting people for roles, making a set, arranging for equipment and coming up with a brilliant idea for the story. They come up with Star Whores. And it almost seems perfect till the set gets tolled down by a bulldozer on the second day of the shooting.
Nonetheless, the team carries on, shooting the movie in a coffee shot on a handycam. People fuck and finally its the turn of Zack and Miri to do the deed for the camera. And in Zack's own words, what they end up doing is making love. Things get complicated when nobody says anything and expectations build up, especially since both are supposed to have sex with other people for other scenes. What happens is the usual misunderstandings and outbursts including confessions of love.

The movie is funny. And though human emotions in a romantic comedy can never really be new, the premise is original. A little more effort on the chemistry between the two characters built to the sex scene would have definitely made it better. Seth Rogan is his usual hilarious self and Elizabeth banks as Miri is quirky, awkward and funny. Craig Robinson who plays Zack’s black co worker is hilarious as man who feels as if everyone who even mouths the word black (even as a colour of the coffee) is a racist. The dialogues are sharp and a little icky but not overly so. The rest of the supporting cast is right on the money and Kevin Smith, the director finds a fine balance between giving it a feel of a rom-com and a porn movie.

Do catch this one when you want to desperately want to laugh. It will crack you up.





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