Home Video Review: Zack And Miri Make A Porno

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Kevin Smith’s films have always spoken to my generation. Something about the blending of taboo, social commentary, and pop-culture references that cater to people growing up in the eighties seems to click.

As Mr. Smith has matured, so have his films and his audience. While some may argue that ‘Jersey Girl’ didn’t play to his strong points, and spent too much time dwelling on realizations of relationships, parenthood, and responsibility… the film was still very much aimed at an audience that is now facing those very same life events. It was the first of his works to move away from the relative comfort of his familiar set of characters and settings.

‘Zack and Miri’ once again steps outside of the ‘Askew-niverse’, the land of Jay and Silent Bob, but explores some very familiar territory for his fans.

The full review is inside.

Here’s the setup: Zack and Miri (Seth Rogan and Elizabeth Banks) are life-long friends, and current roommates. They share the bills, the same beat-up car, and a comfortable co-existance.

Whenever a friend broaches the subject of a possible ‘relationship’ between the two, both quickly dismiss the possibility. Why ruin a good friendship by adding sex into the mix?

When the bills pile up, the power is shut off, and they face the very real threat of eviction, they agree to make an adult film together. If the film is even relatively successful it will allow them to pay their bills.

Nothing personal… just business. It’s not sex, it’s a business arrangements between friends.

If you see where this is going, you’re probably right. The movie is predictable.

As with most of Kevin’s work, it’s not about the end result, it’s the journey that makes all the difference.

The cast of Zack and Miri is astonishing: Seth Rogan, Brandon Routh, and Justin Long from recent box office successes, primetime stars Elizabeth Banks and Craig Robinson, adult film legends Tracie Lords and Katie Morgan, and returning Kevin Smith players Jeff Anderson and Jason Mewes. It shouldn’t be any wonder that the performances in this film are top-notch.

Where ‘Clerks 2’ was a return to screenwriting/directorial form for Smith, he seems to have found a more satisfying blend of raunchy humor and social commentary than his previous films. With themes of jealousy, love, and acceptance, I was reminded strongly of ‘Chasing Amy’… made for an audience that has experienced a few more of life’s hard knocks.

The result is a film that is simultaneously sweet, touching, insightful and downight wrong… in the funniest of ways.

The blu-ray release is one of the better transfers that I’ve seen (although I REALLY didn’t need to see Jason Mewes fruit basket in HD) and chock full of special features. While I love the near-feature length documentary about the making of the film, I missed the obligatory Director/Cast commentary that has accompanied every Kevin Smith release to date. Please don’t tell me I’m going to be forced to buy a Special Edition in a few months to hear Smith and Mosier give us the inside info.

Ultimately I have no choice but to give ‘Zack And Miri Make A Porno’ an unqualified BUY IT.

Lewd, crude, hilarious and touching.

Then again, if you’re squeamish about sexual humor… naw… buy it anyway. Maybe you need to be offended.

LINKS:

Zack and Miri Make a Porno [Blu-ray]
Zack and Miri Make a Porno [DVD]
Zack and Miri Make a Porno [2 Disc DVD]
Zack and Miri Make a Porno – Video On Demand [Purchase]
Zack and Miri Make a Porno – Video On Demand [Rental]
Zack and Miri Make a Porno: Music from the Motion Picture

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