Monday, February 09, 2009

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Watched Kevin Smith's most recent movie, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, this weekend. The premise of this one is that a couple of underachievers get into serious financial straights and decide that the best way out is to make a low budget porn film. Now you can imagine that by the plot's very nature that this is going to make for a fairly raunchy film and it does. Smith apparently had to go to great lengths to get an R rating instead of an NC17.
However, the truth is that behind all the foul language and dirty jokes, Zack and Miri is really just a sweet little love story about two friends who don't realize that they love one another. It also finally proves that Smith can make an entertaining and funny movie without using his signature Clerks characters. (The actors who portray Jay and Randall in the Clerks films are in the movie but as different characters.) The rest of the characters are a group of slackers and misfits, but by the end of the movie they have come together as a sort of family, another theme dear to Smith's heart.
Elizabeth Banks, who plays Miri, brings a vulnerability of the role which mitigates a lot of the sleaze of the premise. I'm not sure what the appeal of Seth Rogen is, however. I understand that he's a hot comedy property at the moment, but I didn't find him to be that funny. Might have been the role though, because as Zack he's sort of the viewpoint anchor character of the film. The other actors get most of the zany stuff.
Anyway, I won't say that I liked this one as much as Clerks II or Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, but Zack and Miri is closer to a mainstream film than most of Kevin Smith's other movies and it still works. Hopefully that means he can break out of the rut he's kind of been forced into by people who only want more Jay and Silent Bob.

1 comment:

Brett Brooks said...

Haven't seen this one yet, but I really want to. Love Smith's work--as my praise of Clerks II shows--and this one holds an appeal to me.