Director: Kevin Smith
Cast: Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Craig
Robinson, Traci Lords, Katie Morgan, Ricky Mabe, Jeff Anderson,
RunTime: 1 hr 42 mins
Released By: GV
Rating: R21 (Sexual Content And Crude Humour)
Official Website: http://www.zackandmiri.com/
Day: 4 December 2008
and Miri are two lifelong friends who are deep in debt and
enlist the help of their friends to make a porno movie for
some quick cash. But as everybody starts "doing"
everybody, Zack and Miri realize that they may have more feelings
for each other than they previously thought.
Make no mistake- Zack and Miri have made a romantic comedy.
Their story is of two lifelong platonic friends who suddenly
realise they may have more feelings for each other than they
also make no mistake about this- Zack and Miri is a Kevin
Smith film. So it will take the couple to star in their own
self-financed pornographic film for them to realise that they
are actually in love with each other.
Kevin Smith is no stranger to controversy (think Clerks, Dogma
or Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back). Before this movie opened,
some cinema owners in Utah refused to screen the movie saying
that it will be too crude for viewers. But don’t let
that piece of news, or for that matter, the title of this
movie turn you off for one bit. Because Zack and Miri is easily
Kevin Smith’s most accomplished work to date.
regular Seth Rogen plays Zack, a scruffy slacker dude (isn’t
that usually the case with Seth) working at a Starbucks-like
coffee shop called Bean N Gone. His co-worker Delaney (Craig
Robinson) is an unhappy husband, no thanks to his verbally
explosive wife. The two have great banter, especially in the
opening few minutes where they argue with their boss- Delaney
accusing his boss of being racist by asking him to work on
Black Friday. (How about Nigger Tuesday, he retorts.)
and his decade old flat mate Miri (Elizabeth Banks) however
are soon forced to confront their economic woes. They have
not paid their bills in months and the water and electricity
in their apartment has just been shut off. Desperate for a
way out, they turn towards an unlikely source of inspiration-
courtesy of a proud star of gay porn named Brandon (Justin
Long) whom they meet at their tenth year school reunion and
enlightens them of the profitability of the pornography enterprise.
in Delaney as their producer-financier, they start putting
together the pieces for their maiden film project, a shining
example of amateur filmmaking. And this is where writer-director
Kevin Smith really has a field day, from choosing a movie
title (Star Whores, anybody?) to character names (Hung Solo,
Darth Vibrator and Princess Lay-her) to “titty”
auditions to screen tests with modified light sabres (a euphemism
for something that is probably best not described here). Indeed,
the jokes come flying so quickly that you probably need a
repeat viewing to catch them all.
Kevin Smith has always created characters with a lot of heart
and this is no exception. Though denying having any feelings
for the other, Zack and Miri find themselves objecting to
each other’s obligatory sex scenes with others in their
own skin flick. And the only one they film is that with each
other- not having sex, but making love. Yes, Kevin Smith turns
raunchy into romantic, and does so with great panache.
Zack and Miri, Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks are terrific
in their roles. The duo share great chemistry together, their
every word and gesture always convincing as best friends who
after so many years have known each other’s likes and
dislikes, idiosyncrasies and all such that they now pick up
after one another, accommodating each other whenever and wherever
possible. Their greatest accomplishment is making you wish
you had a friend like them.
this is best described as Kevin Smith’s return to form
after somewhat disappointing turns in Jersey Girl and Clerks
II. It has everything you have come to love from the View-Askewed
writer-director- lewdness, lewdness and more lewdness, but
also simultaneously great characters and a matchlessly witty
Zack and Miri went off making a Porno, Kevin Smith has here
made what we hope will become a Clerks-like classic.
(Kevin Smith made a movie so delightful we can give
it nothing less than...)
Review by Gabriel Chong