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Zack and Miri Make a Porno

by

Jeff Nelson

...insulting and crude...but hysterical

Zack and Miri Make a Porno
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Sometimes films can be so insulting and crude that people are turned off by them. The jokes become incredibly rude, which will make the audience smaller. Zack and Miri Make a Porno falls into this category, but is still great for those who aren't completely offended.

Two best friends find themselves in financial problems, but get the idea to make an adult film with amateur actors to bring in easy money, but unspoken feelings arise and may threaten the whole enterprise. The structure of the plot has been used a million times. Characters go into debt, create a crazy scheme to get money, and doesn't turn out as planned. Fortunately, this movie has quite a bit of original jokes and gags that will make audience roar in laughter. The screenwriting is funny, yet sometimes tacky, but intentionally done so. This film mocks porno flicks in every way shape and form.

Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks are the two main characters, Zack and Miri, and do a fine job. Zack is Rogen's usual role and he, once again, pulls it off. Elizabeth Banks puts on a fun performance as Miri. Banks is very funny and uses great facial expressions to make the jokes even better. Both actors have chemistry on film as they work well together.

The visuals are once again mocking a porno, so most of the film appears cheap. Sets and props look rushed and editing is choppy, just like a porn video! Taking up ideas from porn and turning them around into a film is a great idea and is done well.

Everyone has a different sense of humor and what they find to be funny. A majority of young adults find sexual humor to be the funniest, and that's exactly what all the humor is in Zack and Miri Make a Porno. It's not a straight raunchy comedy, but ends on a romantic high note. The down sides to this film are sometimes it can be repetitive with lines and it spends too much time on certain scenes. Zack and Miri Make a Porno is hysterical and is worth your time.

My Rating = Thre and One Half Stars

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