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Zack and Miri Make a Porno (DVD Review)

30 Jan, 2009 By: John Latchem



Street 2/3/09
Genius/Weinstein
Comedy
Box Office $31.4 million
$29.95 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for strong crude sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity and pervasive language.
Stars Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Robinson, Jason Mewes, Jeff Anderson, Traci Lords, Katie Morgan, Brandon Routh, Justin Long, Ricky Mabe.

If I didn’t know better, I’d think Kevin Smith only made movies to generate great DVD material. The Zack and Miri Make a Porno home video is loaded with extras that may be funnier than the movie itself.

Smith’s eighth film, and first since 2006’s Clerks II, represents a more successful effort to break away from the “Jay and Silent Bob” template than did Jersey Girl in 2004. He chronicles the plight of roommates Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks), who are so desperate to make ends meet they decide to make an amateur porn movie.

As can be expected with such a subject matter, the movie goes out of its way to be raunchy, but does so with a certain naiveté, like a 10-year-old boy who just discovered his father’s stash of nudie mags.

The result is a film with a surprising amount of heart, and a final chapter that plays like an alternate ending to Smith’s Chasing Amy (1997). Viewers who want to see more of the characters can check out a whopping 94 minutes of deleted scenes.

The behind-the-scenes recollections on the second disc are much dirtier in tone, just from those involved being themselves (especially Rogen, in full Superbad mode).

The primary making-of program is a very good feature-length documentary punctuated by a lengthy anecdote about dealing with the MPAA. Smith discusses winning an appeal to reduce the rating from ‘NC-17’ to a hard ‘R,’ and how things have changed since the MPAA processes were exposed in This Film Is Not Yet Rated.

Also included are 47 minutes of hilarious webisodes that function as an on-set video diary. Here, Rogen confuses porn-star Katie Morgan with Katie Holmes, while Kenny Hotz, co-creator of “Kenny vs. Spenny,” suffers a nervous breakdown adjusting to his role as “the other Zack.”

The DVD lacks a commentary, which usually is a staple of a Kevin Smith film. But considering the breadth of information in the other supplements, there probably isn’t much more that would have been accomplished by adding one.


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