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Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 193
Fresh: 126 | Rotten: 67

Zack and Miri Make a Porno is a modest success for Kevin Smith, due in large part to the charm of Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks.

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 21

Zack and Miri Make a Porno is a modest success for Kevin Smith, due in large part to the charm of Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks.

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
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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.

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Kevin Smith

Feb 3, 2009

$31.4M

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All Critics (195) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (126) | Rotten (67) | DVD (16)

All in all it's a modern-day, Kevin Smith fairytale: a big-screen bearing, perhaps, of his soul at its sincerest and wittiest, if not filthiest.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com
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Smith may have pioneered this kind of upfront sex chat, but the Apatow team refined it. 'Zack and Miri' feels uncomfortably like a gruesome game of filth-talk oneupmanship, and it's hard to care who comes out on top.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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It's one thing for a movie to be dirty; it's another thing altogether for it to be plain sloppy.

November 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The New Republic
The New Republic
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Kevin Smith turns out to be reverent after all: he wants to separate true love from mere copulating for money, but his story mixes romance and porn so inextricably that he seems confused, and the movie trips over its own conceits.

November 3, 2008 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Everyone on screen seems to be having so much fun.

October 31, 2008
Washington Post
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Seth Rogen is totally out of control. He's been marvelously funny in the past, and will be again, but get that party animal back in his cage.

October 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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Some may tire of Smith's template of toilet humour and tits, but to others, those very same qualities are a guarantee of entertainment. Love him or hate him, Kevin Smith isn't afraid to hit new lows to get new laughs.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

Smith's film is nothing more or less than a routine romantic comedy in an unaccustomed wrapper.

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Kevin Smith's latest offering provides a constant stream of laughs throughout its duration, but crucially fails to nail the emotional realism it tries so hard to achieve.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Kevin Smith's ear for raunch is as piquant as ever, but he's moved beyond his usual unconvincing leads to Judd Apatow regulars Rogen and Craig Robinson.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Married, a father and pushing 40, Smith is no longer a trustworthy chronicler of 20-something slackers. He still can devise an impressively gamy set piece, but he's misplaced the humanity of his best work.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: NPR.org
NPR.org

Kevin Smith has placed a black mark on an otherwise solid filmography by selling himself short in a bid to shock new viewers and win back old ones with Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

There are a number of gut-bustingly funny individual scenes, but the narrative as a whole lacks thematic cohesion.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Ainda que Smith continue a exibir sua compulsão em escrever diálogos que usam a escatologia e os palavrões como forma barata (e ineficaz) de humor, o filme é um grande avanço em relação aos seus três últimos péssimos trabalhos.

March 25, 2009
Cinema em Cena

Zack and Miri may be a gross-out movie, but it's a damn clever one.

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Triple J
Triple J

This explicit gross-out comedy is so scared of being too naughty, it seeks refuge in a very 'nice' love story. The result isn't funny or edgy.

February 20, 2009 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

While the jokes are admittedly very funny, they're constantly offset by a tumbling waterfall of schmaltz.

February 20, 2009 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

The most dirty-minded date movie of all time.

February 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

There remain some scatological touches I am still trying to forget. It's all done with great glee, yet falls far short of being hilarious.

February 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

A well-meaning, foul-mouthed misfire.

February 20, 2009 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Comment (1)
The Age (Australia)

In a strangely perverse way -- and thanks to the solid performances of the two leads -- the love story of Zack and Miri is more touching than you might expect, given the film's grungy setting and essentially sordid theme.

February 20, 2009 Full Review Source: The Australian
The Australian

An R-rated film which is rude, crude and disgusting-- and yet strangely sweet and sentimental.

February 20, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

It's crude and rude but there's something endearingly innocent about Kevin Smith's aptly titled comedy in which a dabble in porn becomes a mother of a funny set up

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Doesn't represent much movement from where Smith had placed himself with Clerks II, which means what you felt about the previous should be about the same as what you'd feel about the latest.

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Two porn stars and true romance on their, well, first date on camera, and a stud geek worried about man boobs. Kevin and Seth make a porno that may be too hardcore for the sexually squeamish and too mushy for porniacs.

January 31, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Zack and Miri Make a Porno

'Zack and Miri Makes a Porno' is hilarious, but it's strongest aspect is the fact that it created pathos and honest sentiment within a narrative that felt like it'd have to be completely devoid of it.
September 30, 2013
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

Zack: That's what porn is: turning the normal into abnormal, by fucking it!

"What would you do to get out of debt?"

Zack and Miri Make a Porno is a surprisingly great movie. This is Kevin Smith doing what Kevin Smith does and it doesn't hurt when you team up with a guy like Seth Rogen who seems like the ideal cast member for a Kevin Smith film. It weaves the disgusting, raunchy Kevin Smith dialogue into a vulgar art form and still the movie comes across as sweet at the end. That's the genius of Kevin Smith when he goes for the love stuff.

Zack and Miri have been platonic best friends their whole life and are currently living together. The bills and debts are piling up on them though and Zack's job at a coffee house isn't going to really solve it. When they run into an ex-peer at their 10th high school reunion and learn that he's gay and his boyfriend is a gay porn star; Zack has the epiphany that him and Miri should make a porno. After getting a producer, someone to shoot it, and some talent, they go to work, but the two are hiding deeper feelings for one another than they believe.

I can see some of the content being a turnoff to some of the more conservative types out there, but that's to be expected with a director like Kevin Smith. If you like his brand of humor, Zack and Miri is a great little watch. It's not necessarily typical Kevin Smith though. It has a different feel to it then movies like Clerks, Chasing Amy, and Mallrats. Still even with the different feel, it's really funny and a whole lot of fun.

I loved every minute of this movie. I may be a little high on praise though as I am a huge Kevin Smith fan and a huge Seth Rogen, and I'm also a huge fan of how beautiful Elizabeth Banks is. This is one that is really worth seeing even if you're sick of the raunch infested comedies that come out all the time now. This is one that is able to counter its vulgarity by evening it up with some sweet plot and character shifts. 
September 14, 2013
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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

An interesting twist on the traditional rom-com. In the end, turns out to be a little more traditional than I would've liked.
January 10, 2013
Raajay

Super Reviewer

I think people expect too much from Kevin Smith these days. He got lucky with Clerks and it was way over rated anyway. Zack and Miri Make a Porno is light-hearted, very funny and very well done. It's aptly rude without being nasty either which is down to good writing. All the characters are likable too, it's never offensive. I'm not sure why this got all the flack it did, there is so much worse out there that gets praise I often have to wonder about my fellow cinema goers.
January 7, 2013
SirPant

Super Reviewer

    1. Zack Brown: Ziggy? Is that even in fucking papers anymore? No, man.
    2. Delaney: Fuck you, Ziggy's a comic. It's right next to Family Circus.
    3. Zack Brown: No, I mean.. Spider-Man and shit.
    – Submitted by Magnus G (21 months ago)
    1. Zack: Miriam Linky, will you have sex with me on camera for money?
    – Submitted by Zaenal A (2 years ago)
    1. Zack: You give me a two popsicle sticks and a rubber band and I'll find a way to fuck it like a filthy MacGyver.
    – Submitted by topher h (2 years ago)
    1. Barry: I-want-to-slam-my-ham-in-your-can-wo-man. Scene.
    – Submitted by Fanchon G (2 years ago)
    1. Zack: Brandon is the star of such adult fare as... what was it?
    2. Brandon: You better shut your mouth before I fuck it.
    – Submitted by Fanchon G (2 years ago)
    1. Mr. Surya: I hate both of you Ebony and Ivory mothafuckas! I TELL YOU!
    – Submitted by Fanchon G (2 years ago)
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