FILM REVIEW: Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Gerard Elson

Fuzzy schlub, Seth Rogen, and fellow '40 Year Old Virgin' bit-parter, Elizabeth Banks, are the eponymous platonics one bounced cheque from the skids.
FILM REVIEW: Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Eight films into a career that's most remarked upon for its shameless in-joking (see: Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back), unabashed button-pushing (see: Dogma) and paint-stripping, censor-testing cuss gushing (see: everything that isn't Jersey Girl), Zack and Miri Make a Porno finds Kevin Smith making his most deliberate bid for mainstream yuck-yucks yet. Askewniverse eschewed, Smith wrangles half of the Judd Apatow stable for a front-loaded sex-ercise in rom-cum ribaldry that goes too hard too fast, blowing its comic wad early in a gooey case of premature cackle-ation. Fuzzy schlub, Seth Rogen, and fellow 40 Year Old Virgin bit-parter, Elizabeth Banks, are the eponymous platonics one bounced cheque from the skids. Power disconnected, bank accounts tapped and self-respect plumbing the great, yawning fathoms, the desperate duo determine the quickest way to a buck is to get busy on camera, embarking on a quest to produce their own self-starring skin flick. Smith smears on the sentiment like it's crowd-pleasuring lube, the happy marriage of those strange bedfellows, gross-out guffaws and cockle-cosying sweetness, evidently more of an Apatow forte. Things kick off promisingly enough, with Rogen and Banks evincing an effortless chemistry as the lifelong pals prepping to boff without any of the messy emotional leftovers, and the rag-shag gaggle of misfits and miscreants they amass to pitch in raising many a titter with their unique porno party tricks: serial Smith smut-ster, Jason Mewes, with his junk that can stand on command" Traci Lords and her bubble-blowing nethers. But once our amorous auteurs reach in-coital epiphany and the sticky situation they've thrust themselves into erupts to the fore, Zack and Miri clumsily schleps into sugary comedown - hereupon, just lie back and think of Knocked Up. DIRECTOR: Kevin Smith SCREENWRITER: Kevin Smith CAST: Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Robinson, Jason Mewes, Traci Lords RATING: R18+ RUN TIME: 102 minutes

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Gerard Elson is a Melbourne-based writer. He occasionally blogs at http://celluloidtongue.wordpress.com.