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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 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
    As in many of Smith's earlier movies, the moments of ostensibly genuine emotion aren't nearly as convincing as the moments of juvenile obscenity and quasi-homophobia.
  3. 75
    Smith's funniest, sharpest and most polished movie to date. It also is his most mature and emotionally engaging picture, even if it happens to contain one of the grossest sight gags I've ever encountered in a mainstream Hollywood film.
  4. 60
    The movie's front-loaded with puerile, junior high humor (and, admittedly, several laugh out loud moments), which is fine, but all this still followed by an increasingly awkward and clich├ęd third act.
  5. By the halfway mark, Rogen's performance, like his voice, is less cuddly than grating, and the carbonated giggle that is Elizabeth Banks grows flat. This one's for the Smith cultists.
  6. 50
    In spite of its sometimes tiresome, sometimes amusing lewdness, follows a gee-whiz romantic-comedy formula that would not be out of place on the Disney Channel.
  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: 41 out of 62
  2. Negative: 14 out of 62
  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, 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. AMovieCritic
    Nov 2, 2008
    10
    Probably the funniest and most enjoyable comedy I've seen in years, highly recommended.
  3. RobertS.
    Feb 23, 2009
    9
    In Zack & Miri Make A Porno we see a real break through in directing for Kevin Smith. He has come into an art of comedic writing that is rarely replicated. He is able to stay hip and current but not lose the most essential human emotion. The movie is hillarious and contains quite a few interesting cameos (my favorite being the Apple Guy) - This is Kevin Smith's funniest and most intelligent comedy. This isn't to say he is trying to shove an agenda down your throat like in Dogma (although a brilliant movie in its own right) the movie stays fresh throughout and never boring. Completely worth your time, easily the funniest movie of the year. Expand
  4. Wally
    Nov 1, 2008
    8
    Probably the raunchiest romantic comedy I've seen. It's not the traditional romantic comedy but traditional is not always good. It has some great belly laughs and a few gross outs. If you don't mind sailor language with your laughs you'll like this movie. Expand
  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 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. gladys
    Nov 4, 2008
    5
    Overall the movie ok, it had some good laughs and I did get my monies worth. The movie turned from a light hearted funny indulgence to a romantic relationship...why. I didn't feel any closure with the Porn video or the next level. 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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