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Zack and Miri Make A Porno

Paraphrasing a famous Monty Python sketch, Kevin Smith isn’t a director, he’s just a very naughty boy.  Occasionally venturing into mature film-making, his films have generally been imbedded with lashings of saucy humour.  Almost mimicking the Carry On movies in terms of bawdy antics, his back catalogue has at least attempted to pour some genuine soul into their stories.  His latest however should appeal to those who twittered at the many adult moments that made the likes of Barbara Windsor famous.
Unable to pay their many utility bills, flatmates and lifelong friends Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) are in dire straights.  Desperate for cash a chance encounter with a gay porn star at their school reunion gives them an idea.  Seeing the cashcow porn movies have become, they decide to make one of their own with the help of a ragtag bunch of misfits.  Whilst filming they unexpectedly discover their love for each other, with their platonic relationship suddenly reaching a new level that no amount of sexy frolics can disguise.
Despite the smorgasbord of nudity on display Zack and Miri is a surprisingly chaste film.  Examining how sex can change friendships, their blossoming romance has an authentic realism due to the main leads.  It’s interesting to note that throughout Smith’s career, he’s tried to present topical comedy anyone can identify with.  Although not everyone necessarily stars in their own skin flick, the ideal of grasping opportunities and furthering ambitions is a common social trend. The salient observation of using porn as a means to an end also shows why this often shunned industry has a level of true honesty that Hollywood only imagines it has.
Amongst the gross out gags, of which there are many, there are laughs to be had in Smith’s usual style.  People easily shocked by foul language and exposed flesh should avoid proceedings as there are lots of both gleefully on display.  Like several in the gross out genre some of the jokes are very hit and miss, although the story’s central conceit always remains.  Any film dealing with porn can’t seem to help but have a certain sleazy atmosphere even if some of the cast remain clothed.  That Smith ensures we laugh with and not at his characters in spite of this is a credit to his directorial skills.
Zack and Miri Make A Porno is a very acquired taste, although if you run with it you receive Smith’s most romantic film.  Everyone appears to have fun with the lewd frolics and in any film claiming the title of comedy that’s always a major bonus.
Rating out of 10:  7 

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