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Zack and Miri Make a Porno -- Lifelong platonic friends Zack (Rogen) and Miri (Banks) look to solve their respective cashflow 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.
Zack and Miri Make a Porno -- This is the first theatrical trailer for Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno.
Zack and Miri Make a Porno -- Bubbles' Second Bubble, from the upcoming DVD release of Zack and Miri Make a Porno.
Zack and Miri Make a Porno -- This is the first theatrical trailer for Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno.


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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Elizabeth Banks ... Miri

Seth Rogen ... Zack

Craig Robinson ... Delaney

Gerry Bednob ... Mr. Surya
Edward Janda ... Customer
Nicholas Lombardi ... Teen #1
Chris Milan ... Teen #2

Jennifer Schwalbach Smith ... Betsy (as Jennifer Schwalbach)

Kenny Hotz ... Zack II

Brandon Routh ... Bobby Long
Anne Wade ... Roxanne

Justin Long ... Brandon

Tom Savini ... Jenkins

Jeff Anderson ... Deacon

Jim Norton ... Auditioner (as Jimmy Norton)
Jean-Pierre Nutini ... Auditioner
Alice Eisner ... Auditioner (as Alice G. Eisner)
David Early ... Auditioner

Mattt Potter ... Auditioner (as Matt Potter)

Ricky Mabe ... Barry
Lena Cheney ... Auditioning Girl
Marie Blanchard ... Stripper
Deanna Betros ... Stripper
Danielle Fortwangler ... Stripper
Katelyn Hoffman ... Stripper
Ashley Kunich ... Stripper

Katie Morgan ... Stacey

Jason Mewes ... Lester

Traci Lords ... Bubbles
Milos Milicevic ... Construction Foreman (as Milos Milecevic)
James W. Smith ... Indecisive Customer

Tyler Labine ... Drunk Customer

Tisha Campbell-Martin ... Delaney's Wife

Lauren Miller ... Moaner and Groaner (as Lauren Anne Miller)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Betty Aberlin ... Mrs. Copley (uncredited)
Cristina Aloe ... Reunion Guest (uncredited)
Tony Amen ... Shopper in Mall (uncredited)
Paula Bellin ... Girl leaving the bar (uncredited)
James Ciesielski ... Reunion Guest (uncredited)
Carl Clemons ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Matt Croyle ... Reunion Guest (uncredited)

Jennifer Enskat ... Auditioner (uncredited)
Jeffrey Jones ... Paintbooth Extra (uncredited)

William Kania ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Zak Knutson ... Todd Spilotti (uncredited)
Bruce Koehler ... Construction Worker #2 (uncredited)
Stephanie Macdougall ... Reunion Guest (uncredited)
Mike J. McAllister ... Black Friday Shopper (uncredited)
Sean P. McCarthy ... Drunk Reunion Guest (uncredited)

Christopher Mele ... Paintball booth patron (uncredited)
Chaz Moneypenny ... High School Classmate (uncredited)
Jackson Nunn ... Club Owner's Friend (uncredited)
James O'Kane ... Mall Patron (uncredited)
Michael P. O'Toole ... Punk in Monroeville Mall Playland (uncredited)

Jared Pfennigwerth ... Reunion Classmate (uncredited)
Kyle Quinn ... Class Reunion Guest (uncredited)
Krista Ream ... Reunion Guest (uncredited)
Paul J. Rosenburg ... Reunion Guest (uncredited)

Brenna Roth ... Dancer (uncredited)
Kevin Roth ... Drunk Guy #1 (uncredited)
Christopher Watts ... Reunion Guest (uncredited)

Adrienne Wehr ... Auditioner (uncredited)

Jean Zarzour ... Auditioner (uncredited)

Directed by
Kevin Smith 
Writing credits
Kevin Smith (written by)

Produced by
Carla Gardini .... executive producer
Laura Greenlee .... co-producer
Scott Mosier .... producer
Leslie Rodier .... associate producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Original Music by
James L. Venable 
Cinematography by
David Klein (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Kevin Smith 
Casting by
Nancy Mosser 
Production Design by
Robert Holtzman 
Art Direction by
Elise G. Viola  (as Elise Viola)
Set Decoration by
Diana Stoughton 
Costume Design by
Salvador Pérez Jr.  (as Salvador Perez)
Makeup Department
Kymbra Callaghan .... assistant makeup artist (as Kymbra C. Kelley)
Sharon Ilson .... key makeup artist (as Sharon Ilson Burke)
Nancy Keslar .... additional hair stylist
Rachel Kick .... additional makeup artist
Karen Lovell .... additional hair stylist
Marianne Skiba .... additional makeup artist
Gianna Sparacino .... key hair stylist
Carl G. Variste .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
Tim Clawson .... executive in charge of physical production: The Weinstein Company
Laura Greenlee .... unit production manager
Alyson Latz .... assistant unit production manager
Jeff Maynard .... executive in charge of post-production: The Weinstein Company
Tracy McGrath .... executive in charge of physical production: The Weinstein Company
Leslie Rodier .... post-production supervisor
Carey Len Smith .... executive in charge of post-production: The Weinstein Company
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ivan Kraljevic .... second assistant director
Milos Milicevic .... first assistant director
Amaranda Soria .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Timothy Barnhill .... on-set dresser
Emilie Bosworth-Clemens .... scenic
Emilie Bosworth-Clements .... scenic
Lisa Bradley .... construction clerk
William R. Bricker .... scenic (as William Bricker)
Keith Brzozowski .... carpenter (as Keith Brozowski)
Paul Bucciarelli .... additional props
Robert Buncher .... carpenter
Paula Collins .... additional props
Darien N. D'Alfonso .... scenic (as Darien D'Alfonso)
Jolene Dames .... scenic
Jonathan Dieringer .... art department coordinator (as Jon Dieringer)
Fred 'Fredo' Donatelli .... swing gang (as Fred Donatelli)
Adam Dunhoff .... scenic (as Adam Dunoff)
Cassandra Eccles .... carpenter
Kevin Fleming .... plasterer
Kevin Fleming .... scenic (as Kevin P. Fleming)
Daniel Garrigan .... additional props
Eileen Garrigan .... construction scenic artist
Thomas J. Garrigan .... property master (as Thomas Garrigan)
Jim Heastings .... carpenter (as Jim R. Heastings)
Don Hedenburg .... scenic foreman (as Don Hedenberg)
John W. Iwanonkiw .... set dresser
Gregory Jones .... swing gang
Kenneth J. Kellers .... leadman (as Ken Kellers)
Brett Kennedy .... set dresser
Mark E. Kiley .... carpenter
John Kinkala .... laborer
Lara Lampenfield .... scenic
Lauri Mancuso .... scenic artist
Thomas Matela .... scenic
Mike Matesic .... gang boss (as Mike 'Bubba' Matesic)
Michael Maxson .... carpenter
Mike Maxson .... carpenter (as Michael Maxson)
Daniel McGuinness .... carpenter (as Daniel J. McGuinness)
Michael J. McKee .... carpenter
Mika Metz .... scenic
Melissa Mittereder .... swing gang
Mary O'Brien .... scenic (as Mary M. O'Brien)
Brent Peelor .... carpenter
Justin Pelissero .... carpenter
David D. Pfenninger .... scenic (as Dave D. Pfenninger)
Buster Pile .... construction coordinator
Ray Pivirotto .... swing gang
Jason A. Pollock .... swing gang
Gregory Puchalski .... camera scenic (as Greg Puchalski)
Scott Purcell .... graphic consultant (as R. Scott Purcell)
Donald Lee Rager .... swing gang (as Donald L. Rager)
Mike Richer .... construction foreman (as Michael Richer)
Mike Richer .... construction foreman
Jesse Rosenthal .... assistant art director
Jesse Ross .... art department production assistant
Kelley Snyder .... art buyer (as Kelly Snyder)
Nicholas Spivak .... laborer
Christopher St. Pierre .... scenic
Mamie Stein .... assistant prop master (as Mamie Kay Stein)
Shawn Tambellini .... laborer
Lance R. Walters .... carpenter (as Lance Walters)
Joseph Waterkotte .... carpenter (as Joseph A. Waterkotte)
Leo Welsh .... swing gang
Adam F. Wright .... art department intern
Smith Harper Hutchings .... buyer (uncredited)
Steve Tolin .... special prop fabricator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Chris Barron .... assistant sound editor (as Christopher Barron)
Laurent Boudaud .... sound mixer
C. Douglas Cameron .... boom operator (as Doug Cameron)
Frank Clary .... foley editor
John Countryman .... digital transferer
Edwin Dunkley .... video services (as Ed Dunkley)
Sean England .... foley recordist
Ivan Fritz .... digital editorial services
Jonathan Greber .... digital transferer
Chris Gridley .... supervising sound assistant
Howie Hammerman .... engineering services (as Howie Hammermann)
David Hunter .... digital editorial services
Mike Lane .... client services
Scott R. Lewis .... recordist
Travis MacKay .... adr recordist (as Travis Mackay)
Zach Martin .... mix technician
Steve Morris .... engineering services
Tom Myers .... sound designer
Tom Myers .... sound re-recording mixer
Al Nelson .... sound effects editor
Whit Norris .... production sound mixer
Larry Oatfield .... sound effects editor
Jeff Porrello .... boom operator: additional photography
Eva Porter .... client services
Frank Rinella .... foley mixer (as Frank Aglieri-Rinella)
Gary Rizzo .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gary A. Rizzo)
Ronald G. Roumas .... sound re-recordist
Michael Silvers .... dialogue editor
Michael Silvers .... supervising sound editor
George E. Simpson Jr. .... utility (as George Simpson)
Clint Smith .... mix technician
Mac Smith .... supervising sound assistant
Daniel Sperry .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Dan Sperry)
Chris Strollo .... additional sound
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer (as Eric Thompsom)
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
John Torrijos .... video services (as John 'J.T.' Torrijos)
Jana Vance .... foley artist
Caroline Cannizzaro .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Brandon Gorrell .... special effects production assistant
Ken Gorrell .... special effects supervisor
Melissa Mittereder .... special effects crew
Ralph Roger Pivirotto .... special effects technician (as Ralph Pivirotto)
Arthur G. Schlosser .... snow effects technician
Jason Silvis .... special effects assistant
Drew Smith .... special effects crew
Raymond M. Tasillo .... special effects technician
Russell Tyrrell .... special effects foreman
Dan Yeager .... snow effects technician (as Daniel T. Yeager)
Visual Effects by
Mandy Arnold .... digital restoration: LaserPacific
Angelo Caruso .... digital titles
Mike Castillo .... digital restoration: LaserPacific
David Cole .... digital intermediate color timer: LaserPacific
Kyle DeVriendt .... digital film recording services: LaserPacific (as Kyle Devriendt)
Joseph Grossberg .... visual effects
Vincent Lavares .... digital data management: LaserPacific (as Vince Lavares)
Bruce Mann .... digital restoration: LaserPacific
Michael S. Pryor .... visual effects producer: Laser Pacific
David Slaughter .... digital film recording services: LaserPacific
Joe Hathaway .... digital preview colorist (uncredited)
George B. Colucci Jr. .... stunt performer (as George Colucci)
Laurie Creach .... stunt performer (as Lauri Creach)
Gary Jensen .... stunt coordinator (as Gary Jenson)
Jennifer Lamb .... stunt performer
Mark Munoz .... stunt performer
Greg Owen .... stunt performer (as Greg Owens)
Keith Siglinger .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Alexander Andres .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
James R. Belletier .... additional camera assistant
James R. Bellinger .... additional camera assistant
Keith R. Bradley .... electrician
Kevin C. Brady .... electrician (as KC Brady)
Malcolm Bryce .... gaffer
Jarrett Buba .... electrician
Matthew Bulleri .... grip (as Matt Bulleri)
Brian 'Buzz' Buzzelli .... dolly grip (as Brian Bazzelli)
Mike Cahoon .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Michael Cahoon)
John Codi .... grip
Steve Cohagan .... grip (as Steven H. Cohagan)
Steven H. Cohagen .... grip (as Steven H. Cohagan)
Jason Cortazzo .... camera operator: remote head camera (as Jason J. Cortazzo)
Jason Cortazzo .... remote head technician (as Jason J. Cortazzo)
Alexander 'Lex' Crow .... electrician (as Lex Crow)
Richard S. Crumrine Jr. .... first assistant camera
Pat Dames .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Regis Donehue .... electrician (as Rege Donehue)
Gregory L. Edwards .... grip (as Gregory Edwards)
Ray 'Chazz' Edwards .... grip
Sean Edwards .... rigging grip
Joey Figueroa .... camera: behind-the-scenes (as Joe M. Figueroa)
Bart Flaherty .... key grip
Doug Foote .... additional camera assistant (as Douglas Foote)
Drew Ganyer .... camera production assistant
Andy Graham .... camera operator: "a" camera
Jeremy Graham .... gaffer
David 'Yoko' Jose .... grip
Lee Kazista .... libra operator
Zak Knutson .... camera: behind the scenes
Chris Lugar .... electrician (as Christopher S. Lugar)
Adam Marze .... additional video assist
Tim Metivier .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Timothy 'Metro' Metivier)
Darren Michaels .... still photographer
Jon D. Morrison .... best boy rigging electric
John S. Moyer .... Steadicam operator (as John 'Buzz' Moyer)
John S. Moyer .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
John S. Moyer .... director of photography: second unit (as John 'Buzz' Moyer)
John S. Moyer .... steadicam operator
Chris Muchow .... rigging gaffer
Jean-Pierre Nutini .... best boy electric (as Jean-Pierre 'Sasquatch' Nutini)
Mark D. Pasquale .... electrician
Matthew Pebler .... camera loader
David Pipik .... electrician
Brian Powers .... electrician
Craig Pressgrove .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Amanda Rotzler .... additional camera loader
John Alan Roush .... electrician (as John A. Roush)
Rich Schutte .... grip
Keith Seymour .... key rigging grip (as Keith B. Seymore)
Mike Sime .... 24 frame playback (as Michael Sime)
Doug Stanczak .... production video assist (as Douglas Stanczak)
Nick Tallo .... grip (as Nick 'Bomba' Tallo)
Jared Wellman .... electrician
Chuck Whelan .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, additional photography
Don Yockey .... grip
Hisham E. Youssef .... electrician
Zoran Zdrnja .... electrician
Michael Zinobile .... best boy grip
Nick Zinobile .... grip
Kevin Brady .... rigging electrics (uncredited)
Douglas Duerring .... additional grip: day-player (uncredited)
Casting Department
Nancy Mosser .... location casting
Jared Pascoe .... casting assistant
Katie Shenot .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jason Calabro .... additional costumer
James Eidel .... costume production assistant
Alison Evans .... set costumer (as Alison L. Evans)
Laura Kaminski .... set costumer
Jennifer May Nickel .... set costumer
Nancy Takehara .... costume supervisor (as N. Rozakis-Takehara)
Rachel Vallozzi .... additional costumer
Editorial Department
Nic Angell .... digital intermediate producer: LaserPacific
Mike Brosius .... digital intermediate producer: LaserPacific
Craig DeMartini .... digital film scanner: LaserPacific
Valance Eisleben .... digital data conformist: LaserPacific
Bruce Goodman .... dailies colorist: LaserPacific
Paul Grenville .... digital data conformist: LaserPacific
Jonathan Hoffman .... post production
Doug Jaqua .... color scientist: LaserPacific (as Doug Jacqua)
Carrie Oliver .... digital data conformist: LaserPacific
James W. Smith .... post-production assistant
Patrick J. Smith .... first assistant editor
Stacy Underhill .... digital data conformist: LaserPacific
David White .... digital film scanner: LaserPacific
Linda Williams .... film editorial: LaserPacific
Chris DeLaGuardia .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Vincent Cirilli .... music score mixer
Angela Leus .... music coordinator
Rachel Levy .... executive in charge of music: The Weinstein Company
Erich Stratmann .... music editor
James L. Venable .... music performer
James L. Venable .... music producer
Transportation Department
David Allen .... driver
Mike Bearer .... driver
Michael P. Beery .... driver
Robert Bowen .... driver
Dennis Braun .... transportation captain (as Denny Braun)
Carmen E. Costa .... driver
Patrick Coughlan .... driver
Lauren Donnelly .... driver (as Lauren B. Donnelly)
William F. Doyle .... driver
Walter J. Dusch .... driver
Robert W. Fazio .... driver
William Gillespie .... driver (as Billy Gillespie)
Albert E. Hippert Sr. .... driver
Vince Junkins .... driver (as Vince Riggle)
Robert F. Kearns .... driver
Andrew J. Kovach .... driver
Richard P. Mareno .... driver
Tom McCue .... picture car coordinator (as Thomas T. McCue)
Timothy McLaughlin .... driver (as Timothy S. McLaughlin)
Dennis Michaels .... driver
Victor Najanick .... driver
Joseph C. Pokorny .... driver (as Joe Pokorny)
Derek Raser .... transportation coordinator: Los Angeles
Joe Rogers .... driver
Byron Roland .... driver (as Byron C. Roland)
Frank E. Schmitt .... driver
Marc Scott .... transportation coordinator
Ron Sikorski .... driver
Terence J. Sullivan .... driver (as Terrence J. Sullivan)
Bob Szalinski .... driver
Greg Viglione .... driver
Tom Weifenbach .... driver
Keith Wichryk .... driver
Other crew
Kate Amer .... production coordinator
Demian Aspinwall .... additional production assistant
Carol Banker .... script supervisor
Matthew Bass .... assistant: Seth Rogen (as Matthew M. Bass)
Alyssa Batchelor .... set production assistant
Craig T. Brown .... accounting clerk
Ray Cervenak .... security captain
Lela Checco .... set production assistant
Amy Cohn .... unit publicist
Patrick Dahl .... office production assistant
Jerry L. Dasti .... legal counsel: Sloss Eckhouse Brennan LawCo
Alex Diaz .... concierge: LaserPacific (as Paul Diaz)
Anna Dobkin .... assistant production coordinator (as Anna Jane Dobkin)
Jacqueline Eckhouse .... legal counsel: Sloss Eckhouse Brennan LLP (as Jacqueline Eckhouse Esq.)
Chris Edborg .... additional production assistant
Marissa Fiore .... stand-in
Richard Frasca .... craft service
Evin Gales .... additional production assistant
Paula Gregg .... set dressser
Kevin Harner .... caterer
RoJeanne Herbel .... post-production accountant
Eric Hollenbeck .... stand-in: Zack (as Erick Hollenbeck)
Eric Hollenbeck .... stand-in: Zack
Leah Holmes .... post-production accountant
Stephen Hough .... assistant location manager
Kent Jackson .... production assistant
Beth Koshinski .... second assistant accountant
Ashley Kravitz .... rights clearances
Micah Lavelle .... location production assistant
James A. Mahathey .... location manager
Matthew M. McCloskey .... location production assistant
Matthew M. McCloskey .... locations production assistant
Ryan McCloskey .... location production assistant
Ryan McCloskey .... locations production assistant
Dominic Mecchia .... location assistant (as Dominic A. Mecchia)
Ralph B. Meyer .... location consultant: LA (as Ralph Meyer)
Ralph B. Meyer .... locations consultant: LA (as Ralph Meyer)
Ginny Minuto .... craft service (as Virginia Minuto)
Fred Mirahmadi .... caterer
Melissa Mittereder .... housing liaison
Walter E. Myal .... additional set production assistant
Lauren Newhouse .... production secretary
Anna Peluso .... caterer
Paul Robben .... caterer
Matthew Rudolph .... first assistant accountant
Renee Russo .... post-production sound accountant (as Renée Russo)
Darren Seid .... stand-in: Zack
Dan Short .... additional production assistant (as Daniel Short)
Michelle Skaneski .... key set production assistant
James W. Smith .... set production assistant
Michele Soddano .... payroll accountant (as Michele A. Soddano)
Mary Beth Spears .... set medic (as Mary Beth Spear)
Gail Stanley .... assistant: Kevin Smith
Kylie Straub .... office production assistant
Joanna Waldsman .... stand-in: Miri
Joanna Waldsmith .... stand-in: Miri
John C. Walker .... set production assistant (as John Walker)
Kevin White .... head chef
Niki Williams .... additional production assistant (as Nikia Williams)
Derek Yip .... production accountant
Laura Barone .... stand-in (uncredited)
Rick Lazzarini .... prosthetic effects (uncredited)
Chris Bailey .... acknowledgment: "Major Damage" clip by (as Chris A. Bailey)
Marshall Bond .... special thanks: municipal manager, the municipality of Monroeville
Matt Furey .... special thanks
Edward Janda .... special thanks (as Ed Janda)
Dawn M. Keezer .... special thanks: Director, The Pittsburgh Film Office (as Dawn Keezer)
Jason Reitman .... special thanks
Jane Saul .... special thanks: Pennsylvania Film Office
Bruce Silverblatt .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Zack and Miri" - USA (promotional title), USA (DVD box title)
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Rated R on appeal for strong crude sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity and pervasive language (re-rating on appeal)
101 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Denmark:11 | Finland:K-15/13 | Finland:K-16/13 (2012 reform re-rating) | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R18+ | Malaysia:(Banned) | Mexico:B15 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R21 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:11 | UK:18 | USA:NC-17 (original rating) | USA:R (re-rating on appeal) (certificate #44622)

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158 out of 217 people found the following review useful.
Sweet, funny, and endearing, 31 October 2008
Author: C-Younkin from United States

For those that don't already know, the second half to that "Zack and Miri" title is "Make a Porno", three little words that have caused a lot of fuss lately. In addition to being deliberately shortened on TV, Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy) has had to fight for even the R-rating, a teaser trailer had to be removed from his website, the posters for the flick were so raunchy that the characters could only appear as stick figures(of which Seth Rogen is assuredly not), and already certain theaters have decided not to show it while openly showing Saw V and Max Payne without a moments hesitation. All this for one of the years nicest romantic comedies. "Zack and Miri" is vintage Kevin Smith, blending the cheerily offensive with heartfelt sentimentality, and while its nothing groundbreaking or even terribly gratuitous (sure there are some cock and ball, ass, and boob shots but what comedy doesn't have those now-adays), it's also one of Smith's most successful attempts with the formula.

Seth Rogen plays Zack and Elizabeth Banks plays Miri, two best friends living in a crummy little apartment in Pittsburgh. The bills are stacking up , the heat and electricity have been turned off and they're about to be thrown out on their ass. What do two struggling thirty-somethings do? While crashing their High School reunion, they discover that the school's former Quarterback (Superman Return's Brandon Routh) is actually gay and the boyfriend of gay porn star Brandon (Justin Long). This gives Zack an idea and after ruminating over it for a night, he and Miri both decide that a cheap porno is the only way to solve their money woes. They enlist the help of Zack's coffee shop co-worker Delaney (Craig Robinson) to be producer and also bring on a rag tag team of actors (Jason Mewes, Jeff Anderson, Traci Lords, Katie Morgan, and Ricky Mabe), first to shoot the movie "Star Whores" with such characters as R2-Teabag, Hung Solo, and Darth Vibrator and then when that encounters a shooting problem, they decide to do a coffee shop porn called "Swallow my Cock-Ucinno".

The problem Smith often encounters is that sometimes it feels like he's throwing F-words, vibrator, pussy, and jerk-off jokes at us a little too easily and it doesn't really jive well with the sweeter side that comes later. As an example, watch "Jersey Girl." Just here he has a good balance for the most part. It starts off a little shaky but settles in nicely with crude jokes that earn big laughs. A diarrhea gag is priceless, a character named Bubbles has a unique talent, and the names themselves are great fun, take the David Mamet inspired "Glen and Garry Suck Ross' Cock" for example. It gets gooey but Smith keeps things down to Earth with an endearing love story about sex and the jealousy and uncomfortable and sensitive nature that surrounds it. It's nothing new. Everything mentioned has been explored to death on every network sitcom ever produced but it keeps its sweetness and that's really what counts here.

Rogen is a big, doughy, lovable ball of enthusiasm and he's always fun to watch. And Banks is adorable, has good comedic chemistry with Rogen but most importantly both actors bring a gentle and heartwarming romance to the screen. The rest of the cast is a big help, starting with "The Offices" Craig Robinson, who nails every line the character has, whether it's defying what he believes to be racism, talking about his wife, or nervously auditioning porn stars, he's the funniest character in the movie hands down. A close second is Justin Long, hilariously flamboyant and filled with gay pride to the point of being applause-worthy, this character deserves his own movie. And Jason Mewes is at his crude best in every scene he's in. "Zack and Miri" gets very good performances from everybody and it manages to do what a lot of romantic comedies this year have not been able to do, which is earn the laughs and earn the love of it's two characters. It's funny, fun, and you don't even need a condom to enjoy it. Let's see "Max Payne" try to make a similar claim.

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