Zack and Miri Make a Porno (DVD)

Friends with serious benefits…

Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) are best friends; they have known each other since high school and now share a flat. But friendship doesn’t pay the bills, and they are soon struggling to make ends meet. When Zack hits upon the idea of making a low budget porn movie to pull in some cash, Miri thinks it’s a great idea; until they realise they are going to have to take starring roles. Both are worried that their hot n’ heavy love scene may have an impact on their friendship, but neither are prepared for the feelings it ignites.

Kevin Smith’s most accessible film, Zack and Miri Makes a Porno is arguably his most toothless, being as it is a rather sweet romantic comedy despite the porn element. But that’s not to say it’s no fun; Rogen and Banks put in spirited lead performances and there’s genuine chemistry between them, making them a couple you want to root for. And they are supported by a sparky cast, including an almost unrecognizable Jason Mewes (Clerks), porn star Traci Lords and the dry-witted Craig Robinson (The Office: An American Workplace). Not to mention Superman himself, Brandon Routh, who turns up alongside Justin Long in a memorable cameo.

All in all, although the adult content gives this an 18-certificate, Zack and Miri Make a Porno is Smith’s least offensive work, and is likely to win the director a wider audience. 4 stars

Extra Features
Pretty standard fare, including Making Of, Bloopers and Deleted Scenes.

Stars Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Traci Lords
Kevin Smith
Entertainment in Video
DVD & Blu-Ray
March 23