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Zack and Miri make a porno
by Tony Medley
Runtime 97 minutes.
Iím terribly disappointed
that Elizabeth Banks has such questionable judgment as to take a roll in
a vulgar film like this. She is drop dead, Diane Lane-like, gorgeous. On
top of that, she is a terrific actress. Itís horrific to think that this
beautiful, talented woman has to sign up for rubbish like this. The
Weinstein Company was apparently so disheartened about it that they
actually hired shills to laugh at a sparsely-attended screening today,
and the Weinsteins often know whatís good and what isnít. Well, I donít
know for sure that these people were laugh shills, but there was one guy
there and one woman who laughed uproariously at every line. While they
certainly acted like shills, itís possible they were just myopically
stupid. The screening did have some influential attendees among the
approximately ten people there, David Ansen of Newsweek, and ABCís Movie
Phone guy. They are too sophisticated to be taken in by laugh shills, so
whatís the point? Laugh shills actually hurt a movie because itís so
irritating it destroys real laughs.
This is a low class story
full of profanity and common dialogue about body parts, including female
lubrication. What is an apparently classy lady like Banks doing in a
film like this? Would Ingrid Bergman or Diane Lane sign up for something
as crude as this, no matter what the salary? To Banksí credit, she
eschewed nudity. Not that there isnít nudity; breasts are flapping all
over the place. Although played for fun, there are graphic scenes of
fornication with gymnastic positions.
Miri (Banks) platonically
shares an apartment with high school buddy Zack (Seth Rogen, who
apparently wonít consider a script unless it has him saying the ďfĒ word
at least 50 times in the first ten minutes). They donít have any money
whatsoever. Their utilities are all cut off so they come up with the
idea of making a porno film with their friends, the climax of which will
be Miri and Zack having sex with each other, which they havenít done as
of yet. What happens next is little more than juvenile hogwash.
This infantile film full of
gutter language only has two things of interest to me. The first is just
looking at Banks, who is indescribably beautiful. The second is getting
a look at 40-year-old Traci Lords (Bubbles), who was a notorious porn
star when she was only 15 years old.
This is pretty much an
auteur performance by Kevin Smith who wrote, directed, and edited the
film. It has been argued that Smithís work was the inspiration for the
Judd Apatow genre of film that concentrates on juvenile obsessions with
foul language, free sex, and genital humor. This type of flim attempts
to reduce American culture to its lowest common denominator. I donít
think thatís much to be proud of.
October 28, 2008