Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Zack and Miri Make Some Laughs

Zack and Miri Make a Porno is definitely a product of Kevin Smith 2.0: use a whole lot of raunchy humor to disguise the ridiculously gooey center beneath. But unlike Jersey Girl, and even Clerks 2 to a lesser extent, Zack and Miri's funny patches more than make up for a few seconds of cheesiness.

The title's pretty self-explanatory: high school friends Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) start making porn to pay their rent. That's a funny enough premise as is, but the supporting cast brings it to the next level: Justin Long's hilarious cameo as a gay porn star, Superman Brandon Routh as his porn star boyfriend (whose presence alone is the joke), Craig Robinson, always welcome, and Jason Mewes playing someone other than Jay.

Once the lovesfest starts, there's some pretty painful dialogue. Case in point: "We tried to fuck, but we ended up making love." Still, those moments are so obvious they're easy enough to ignore. And with leads as likable as Rogen and Banks, even lines like that don't offend. Zack and Miri may not stand with such Kevin Smith greats as Clerks and Dogma, but it's consistently enjoyable enough to be well worth checking out on DVD.

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