Zack and Miri Make a Porno | Chicago Reader

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

“Porn has gone mainstream,” declares a character in this Kevin Smith comedy. “It's like Coca-Cola or Pepsi, with dicks in it.” The same might be said of Smith's moviemaking; in Zack and Miri Make a Porno, as in his daddy-daughter weepie Jersey Girl (2004), scenes worthy of Larry Flynt decorate a story line worthy of Dr. James Dobson. Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks are the title characters, platonic apartment mates who decide to retire their mountain of bills by making a cheapo porn video but are unprepared for the emotions unleashed in their own on-screen encounter. The mainstream acceptance of porn has also disarmed Smith's formerly outrageous humor, though there's a warm Boogie Nights-style vibe to the little family of oddballs Zack and Miri recruit to help them (including Smith regular Jason Mewes and genuine porn stars Katie Morgan and Traci Lords).

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