Zack and Miri Make a Porno is Kevin Smith's latest film, starring the beautiful Elizabeth Banks (Miri), and the "which recent comedy are you not in" Seth Rogen (Zack). Being a big fan of Kevin Smith, it was a no-brainer to check this out, and while he did not disappoint, I was still hoping for more. As with all of his past films, Smith sprinkled in some sentimental moments and an obvious romance. It felt like the character actors had better zingers than Rogen throughout the film, but he did a decent enough job. Personally, I am tired of seeing Rogen; he's a funny guy, but he is so one dimensional in all his recent roles. Even funny man Steve Zahn doesn't always play the same role. If it were up to me Jack Black, Jason Segel (Freaks and Geeks & Undeclared) or even Kevin Heffernan (Farva from Super Troopers) could have taken the lead role further than Rogen. Banks was not used to promote the comedy aspect, but just there to be Rogen's partner-in-crime, and create the love interest conflict.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

They had a hell of a time trying to promote this film because the word "porno" appears in the title, so they had to switch the ad campaign to a "our title is too racy we can't even mention it" ploy, with fucking stick figures. Let's send them boys to Iraq to get torn to shit, but saying "porno" in a billboard is totally taboo - gotta love America. In any case...

Zack and Miri were friends forever, and are struggling to make ends meat as roommates. The cruel world hits them particularly hard as their 10-year high school reunion approaches, and their electricity is shut off. Fortunate enough that they decided to go to their reunion, as Miri's old crush is now dating a male adult star. Zack, who works at some bullshit coffee shop, starts talking to the guy and gets the bright idea that he needs to make a porno. Who better than to make it with but his best friend, Miri? Zack convinces his co-worker, Delaney (played by the hilarious Craig Robinson), to front the money to get it started, and the auditions begin. Unfortunately, even with the "audition" scene, there were only a couple pair of unfettered titties in this version of the film, and neither was worth writing home to mom about. In any case, they pick their cast and crew, which most-notably consists of Smith staples Jason Mewes and Jeff Anderson (of Clerks fame), and adult film star Katie Morgan.

Version 1 of the Set Destroyed

They pick a location, have all the costumes and scripts ready, then bang away at the shoots. Later they find out they were swindled with the location they pick, and are now out of money with little hope. The great idea of using the coffee shop as the set allows them to avoid that bump in the road. Just about all of the scenes are shot, with Zack and Miri's big sex scene coming up, which starts to cause some tension. Who knows what will happen after friends of so long decide to fuck? Well, apparently weird shit - who would guess that, right? Some big, hokey drama scenes waste my time, and now Zack storms out of everyone's life like a butt hurt 12 year old. Some time passes, and Delaney goes out of his way to get Zack back to help finish editing of the film, which then leads to him eventually reuniting with Miri. Aww.

Making a Porno is Tough Work

This was a decent enough comedy that I would not lose any sleep over recommending to people. You have definitely seen funnier this year, so you might want to wait until you can Netflix it. Not to say it is founded, but I was a bit let down by the film. Why we only saw Gerry Bednob (coffee shop owner...old Indian man from The 40 Year Old Virgin) in one scene is beyond me, considering he was the coffee shop owner, and is fucking hilarious. As with most modern-day comedies, there is one big gross out scene that is a solid belly laugh, and we get the privilege of seeing Mewes' cock. Aside from the gross out scene, Bednob's scene, and a couple choice one-liners from Robinson, there weren't many memorable comic scenes. Some decent comedy throughout, don't get me wrong, but the movie lacked those big one-after-another scenes where funny is layered on top of itself. If by the middle of the movie you can't come up with a series of funny inside jokes for your audience, then you have partially failed in my book. Rent it or watch it in a theater if you are particularly bored - you won't be terribly disappointed, but you won't be terribly impressed either. If I gave grades to things, Zack and Miri Make a Porno would be "smeh."