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Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

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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Storyline

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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A poster for everyone who finds our movie title hard to swallow. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

31 October 2008 (USA)  »

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Untitled Kevin Smith Minnesota Project  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,065,630, 2 November 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$31,457,946, 29 January 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,105,111, 31 December 2010
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The city of Philadelphia refused to allow the poster at bus stops because of the word "porno". When Kevin Smith agreed to have the word taken out and just have the title "Zack & Miri", the city still refused. See more »

Goofs

(At 14.30) There is a scene in Zack and Miri's apartment where they're sitting around their trash can fire. Zack complains that they're living "like a couple of STENO bums" instead of "STERNO bums". See more »

Quotes

Zack Brown: I'm a guy. You give me a two popsicle sticks and a rubber band and I'll find a way to fuck it like a filthy MacGyver!
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Crazy Credits

An infomercial for "Zack and Miri Make YOUR Porno" interrupts the closing credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Caligula: Part II (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

My Assistant Will Take Notes
Written by Frank Bongers, Stefan Wellens, and Peter Van Tichelin
Performed by Forbidden Ensemble
Licensed courtesy of PoSoTra and INgrooves
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A Porno with Plot and Feelings
27 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

As Jackie Treehorn laments in The Big Lebowski, pornos these days lack plot, and production values, and feelings. Kevin Smith's "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" would make Jackie quite proud.

The basic plot revolves around two friends, Zack and Miri. The two have a platonic relationship and live together. As they hit dire financial straits, Zack suggests they should make a porno and sell it to make money to pay rent, utilities, etc.

I went into this film with some hesitation. I left quite impressed. Seth Rogen proves he can convey emotion and still be funny. Elizabeth Banks provides the perfect on-screen mate for Rogen. However, I feel, as did others who saw the preview, that Craig Robinson (Darrell from The Office) steals nearly every scene he is in.

Zack and Miri heartily earns its R rating. It is easy to see how the MPAA nearly rated it NC-17. No matter the rating, I would whole-heartedly recommend this movie to anyone (with the exception of grandparents).


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