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Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  31 October 2008 (USA)
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Lifelong platonic friends Zack and Miri look to solve their respective cash-flow problems by making an adult film together. As the cameras roll, however, the duo begin to sense that they may have more feelings for each other than they previously thought.

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Zack and Miri are two lifelong platonic friends who make an adult film to pay the rent of their apartment. With their friend Delaney, the couple set out for auditionees for their porn film, but in the process of filming, they realize they feel more for each other than they had before. Written by Fashionisto

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friend | actor | reunion | friendship | rent | See more »

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They Made A Movie So Naughty We Can Only Show Their Faces See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R on appeal for strong crude sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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31 October 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Kevin Smith Minnesota Project  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£798,205 (UK) (14 November 2008)

Gross:

$31,452,765 (USA) (23 January 2009)
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Trivia

Kevin Smith wrote the role of Zack with Seth Rogen in mind. In fact, Smith has stated that if Rogen turned down the role, the film would not have been made. See more »

Goofs

When we first meet Deacon (Jeff Anderson ) he's playing hockey and hits a player and is sent to the penalty box. In hockey, goalies do not serve their penalty, another player serves it for them. See more »

Quotes

Brandon: I can't keep my hands off him, I'm so sorry.
Bobby Long: You've had one too many cosmos.
Brandon: You know although he does most of the eating in the sack if you know what I mean. In the sack and of the sack.
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Crazy Credits

Near the end of the end credits, Kevin Smith lists the addresses of all of his websites. After the lengthy list, he remarks, "Christ, I spend too much time on the Internet." See more »

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References The Postman Always Comes Twice (1986) See more »

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Let Me Clear My Throat (Klassic Cool Original Version)
Written by DJ Kool (as John Bowman), The 45 King (as Mark James), and Mark Jones
Performed by DJ Kool
Courtesy of American Recordings
Contains a sample of "The 900 Number"
Written by The 45 King (as Mark James)
Performed by The 45 King (as 45 King)
Courtesy of Tuff City Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
Also contains a sample of "Hollywood Swinging"
Written by Allen Westfield, Claydes Smith, Robert Kool Bell (as Robert Bell),
Robert Spike Mickens (as Robert Mickens), Ronald Bell, Dennis D.T. Thomas (as Dennis Thomas),
, and George Funky Brown (as George Brown)
Performed by Kool & The Gang
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Enterprises
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Tofu is more tasteful than this load
20 March 2009 | by (******************************) – See all my reviews

Okay, woah woah woah. I am sorry, but I do not understand how anyone could enjoy this movie.

Maybe I am just disappointed. It was a Kevin Smith film with Seth Rogen, and I had VERY high expectations. For some reason my friend and I rented the movie thinking it would be about a married couple with some money problems that decided to make a porno for the money. But as soon as I found out they were best friends that roomed together, I knew everything that was going to happen. Really Kevin Smith? Are you going to be THAT cliché? So, once I found out how unoriginal the movie would be, I already knew I wouldn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to.

Then, it got worse. There's a difference between being vulgar and witty, and being just plain vulgar. This movie was an example of the second. To the point where it was disturbing. It showed people actually having sex. It showed a girl pooping on the camera. Was is funny? No. Was it clever? No. Was it overdone? Yes. Could the movie have survived without it? Definitely. Oh wait, but then again if you took those scenes out there would probably only be about 30 minutes of an actual movie. Whoever laughed at those scenes has a sense of humor that belongs on the dollar menu at McDonald's, because those "jokes" were CHEAP.

And Smith had the NERVE to even try and squeeze a cute little romance plot in it? NO. NO NO NO NO NO. I am sorry, but either you are targeting an audience that likes to see straight up filth, or you are targeting an audience that falls for that cheesy lovey-dovey bull. Don't even try and interrupt one with the other. Like I said, I could tolerate the romance if it wasn't so predictable and cliché.

Not just that, but the characters were so undefined. So is Miri a slut? Is she just one of the guys? Is she an embarrassing loser? Is she a vulnerable dame? It was like the writers wanted to combine every lovable trait in a protagonist into one, but it doesn't work that way. And it was so pathetic the way every other character in the movie was just this exaggerated, obnoxious, unrealistic mess, besides Zach and Miri. Was that another tactic used to make the audience love the protagonists? Again: FAIL.

This movie was a mess. If it didn't have all these big names involved, then I think we all know the other reviews would look a little different. I give this a one star, and that's being generous.


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