Zack and Miri Make A Porno

Posted: January 29, 2014 in Movies, Op-ed, Reviews
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Well guys, we’re getting pretty close to the end here. This entry is only Smith’s second trip outside of the Askewniverse to tell a story.  He admits that while making this film he was trying a a little too hard to make a Judd Apatow film, even going as far as to use several of the same actors. I don’t feel like it’s that derivative though. I don’t think he gives himself enough credit as to just how much it has his stamp on it and is completely original.

Zack and Miri tells the story of…you got it, Zack and Miri, Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks respectively. They are lifelong friends who live together, as friends only, and are a little down on their luck. After visiting their high school reunion and then having their power turned off in Pennsylvania in the dead of winter, the friends are pushed to extremes. They decide that making a porno starring the two of them and several others is the solution to their monetary issues. After a few setbacks the group, also featuring Craig Robinson, Jeff “Randall Graves” Anderson, and Jason Mewes, gets the movie going. After Zack and Miri dealize their feelings for one another, things get complicated but I wont get into that to avoid spoilers.

For all of it’s over the top hilarity, Zack and Miri maintains Smith’s gravitation towards the more sentimental. There is definitely the usual share of dick and fart jokes, but there is also a truckload of heart. As we have stated on multiple occasions, Smith has a knack for storytelling. He paints the most vivid pictures using complex and interesting characters, hilarious dialogue, and heartfelt plot points. Even beginning with Clerks you can see the sentiment and heart begin to bleed through and this film, in addition of course to Clerks 2 which made me misty eyed at the end, has one of Smith’s most touching endings.

The cast, while almost polar opposites, blend together so well and compliment the script so well that I cant imagine anyone else in the roles. Like I said, Smith admits he was trying too hard to make an Apatow film but he is so fiercely original that what came out of that was an undeniably Kevin Smith film and a damn good one at that. I love this film, plain and simple. I advise anyone who enjoys film to see this one. Til next time…

-Heath

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