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  • Summary: Lifelong friends and roommates Zack and Miri are facing hard times and a mountain of debt. When the electricity and plumbing get cut off, they seize upon the idea of making a homegrown porno movie for some quick cash, enlisting the help of their friends. The two vow that having sex will notLifelong friends and roommates Zack and Miri are facing hard times and a mountain of debt. When the electricity and plumbing get cut off, they seize upon the idea of making a homegrown porno movie for some quick cash, enlisting the help of their friends. The two vow that having sex will not ruin their friendship. But as filming begins, what started out as a business proposition between friends turns into something much more. (The Weinstein Company)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. Smith gives the appearance of wanting to provoke, but along with his smuttiness, he wears his heart on his sleeve.
  2. 75
    The funniest movie of Smith's I've seen. It's "When Harry Did Sally."
  3. 75
    Naughty and nice is a killer-hard combo to pull off. Stick with Rogen and Banks. They rock it.
  4. 60
    The biggest titters at a recent preview screening came during a scene in which Mewes shows off his dick--as though, at last! Still, how Jason Segal of him. Does Apatow always get there first?
  5. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    50
    This movie could have been an effervescent neo-screwball romance, "Bringing Up Baby" with nut-sack jokes. So there's no blaming the subject matter for the fact that Zack and Miri feels so dispiritingly graceless.
  6. 50
    This was originally rated NC-17, and somehow, I'm thinking that version will survive on DVD.
  7. 25
    Smith appears to have poured his creative energy into the cheerful come-on of the title and left nothing in reserve for the movie. He fails to wring any memorable comedy from shoestring porno filmmakers because his own filmmaking is just as amateurish and slovenly.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 66
  2. Negative: 15 out of 66
  1. Dec 8, 2013
    10
    Kevin Smith's taken a cue from Judd Apatow's success with The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up and created a surprisingly sweet,Kevin Smith's taken a cue from Judd Apatow's success with The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up and created a surprisingly sweet, profanity-laden sex comedy. Oh yeah, Zack and Miri Make a Porno will definitely offend some viewers (as did Virgin and Knocked Up), but I've got to believe if the title alone offends you, you know better than to buy a ticket to watch the movie. Zack and Miri Make a Porno that spells out right there what you're in store for. If you can handle the title, you can probably handle the R-rated film. Expand
  2. PasserBy
    Nov 2, 2008
    10
    What is most remarkable about this movie, is that I've never seen a genuine romantic love story told in such crude language. Bravo!
  3. JeffG.
    Feb 5, 2009
    9
    This is the best comedy i've seen since meet the fockers. Don't listen to all these people that said it was immature. The freaking This is the best comedy i've seen since meet the fockers. Don't listen to all these people that said it was immature. The freaking title is zach and miri make a porno. I hate stupidity. I would reccomend this movie for sure Expand
  4. JR
    Nov 1, 2008
    8
    This truly was a funny comedy. you can def. tell it has the kevin smith touch. def rent this movie at the least.
  5. ChadS.
    Nov 2, 2008
    7
    Admit it: When it was announced that Elizabeth Banks would be starring in a movie about amateur porno, you were taken aback. There's a Admit it: When it was announced that Elizabeth Banks would be starring in a movie about amateur porno, you were taken aback. There's a kid sister, or maybe it's a high school girlfriend quality about Banks, that makes us sort of uncomfortable with any impending nudity which involves her willowy cheerleader frame; she's the "homeroom angel" that Peter Wolf sings about in the J. Geils Band hit "Centerfold". She'd be right at home on an Ivory Snow box. After Rosario Dawson reportedly dropped out from the project, the filmmaker must have quickly realized his good fortune in landing Banks. Fresh off her role as the outgoing First Lady in Oliver Stone's "W."; the white house, like the Ivory Snow box, can be said to be a symbol of purity, making Banks a modern-day Marilyn Chambers, the star of Artie and Jim Mitchell's "Behind the Green Door"(the second-most famous "stag" film from the early-to-mid seventies). When Zack(Seth Rogen) discourages Miri from unbuttoning her blouse during their big moment of truth, you relate with Zack's need to preserve her reputation. Perhaps Prince said it best, only as Prince can, when he sang in his princely falsetto voice, "I wanna be the only one you come for,"(from his first chart smash "I Wanna Be Your Lover"), which is, of course, Zack in a nutshell. The irony behind the title "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" is that the two old friends are more like Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie in Nicholas Roeg's "Don't Look Now" than two old pros, or two clumsy amateurs. Talking about "Boogie Nights", filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, quite naturally, watched a lot of adult films in preparation for his shoot, and came to the conclusion after perusing hours upon hours of bad porn, that the ultimate in method acting is for the actress to look as if she's enjoying herself, in spite of the hot lights, camera, and interested crew. Far from porno, Zack and Miri, during their copulation, the filmmaker(Kevin Smith, that is) makes a case for the "NC-17" rating, so often confused with the "X". The "Clerks" director surreptitiously demonstrates the difference between an adult film, and a pornographic one. The sex they have is in context with their longtime relationship. It just so happens that their simultaneous epiphanies of knowing are being filmed. "Zack and Miri Makes a Porno" cleverly references "Clerks", the no budget-indie that the MPAA treated like a porno, by slapping it with a "NC-17" rating, for language. Expand
  6. Jan 15, 2014
    4
    Sporadically funny and as raunchy as you'd expect, Zack and Miri Make a Porno is an alright movie. The plot leaves much to be desired and was,Sporadically funny and as raunchy as you'd expect, Zack and Miri Make a Porno is an alright movie. The plot leaves much to be desired and was, much like a porno, unbelievable. Some of the raunchy jokes were indeed quite funny, but as is the case with movies of this type, some of the raunchy "jokes" were intended to be funny solely because they were raunchy and not because they were actually funny. Ultimately, Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks were appealing leads and really helped this one out a lot, allowing this one to become somewhat entertaining and an easy watch. Expand
  7. MichaelB.
    Nov 2, 2008
    0
    Let's not support this kind of Hollywood trash or there will be more of it! Protect our children and our children's children!

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