MOVIE CORNER

November 3, 2008

9. Zack and Miri Make a Porno – $1.6M

Filed under: Box Office Stats — movie_critic @ 3:06 am

As its explicit title suggests, Kevin Smith’s ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO is a foul-mouthed and filthy film that probably isn’t fit for the very young, the very old, or the easily offended. But for those who enjoy Smith’s brand of humor, this raunchy but romantic comedy could be the perfect date movie (though perhaps not for a first date). With mountains of past-due bills piling up, Zack (Seth Rogen, KNOCKED UP) and his roommate/childhood friend Miri (Elizabeth Banks, SCRUBS) aren’t sure how they’re going to stay in their Pittsburgh apartment. But a chance encounter at their 10-year reunion gives them the idea to make a porn movie. When it comes time for the friends to do the deed, they realize that perhaps they’re more than just friends.<br><br>With all the talk of sexual positions and bodily functions, it’d be easy to say that Smith is hopping on the Judd Apatow bandwagon that has dominated the box office in the latter half of the aughts with KNOCKED UP and THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, and ZACK AND MIRI even features a few Apatow alumni. But Smith perfected this schtick down back in the ’90s with CLERKS, when some of Apatow’s fans were still in diapers. ZACK AND MIRI is most reminscent of Smith’s own CHASING AMY; there are plenty of gag- or giggle-inducing moments, but Smith’s script is also surprisingly sweet. Rogen and Banks make a perfect couple, and the always hilarious Rogen could be Smith’s new Ben Affleck or Jason Lee.

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