ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO
As Disgusting as It Sounds
Release Date: October 31, 2008
Starring: Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks,
Traci Lords, Jason Mewes,
Ricky Mabe, Justin Long, Craig
Robinson, Katie Morgan, and
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 97 minutes
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Director: Kevin Smith
Executive Producer: Bob Weinstein, Harvey
Weinstein and Carla Gardini
Producer: Scott Mosier
Writer: Kevin Smith
Address Comments To:Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein
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Zack and Miri are school age friends who are roommates. They attend their 10-year high school reunion, only to realize that their lives are going nowhere. When their heat and water are turned off, they decide to make a pornographic movie with a few friends in hopes of making money. They discover after shooting their sexual scene together that they are indeed in love. There are a few misunderstandings that accompany this revelation, but in the end, the couple is restored.
The story, while predictable, is well written. There is an emotional connection between the two leads when they do realize their true feelings for each other. The music score is well done and the production values are strong.
However, the movie’s worldview and content are so terrible that no amount of good production values mean anything. The pervasive sexual content is overwhelming, both visually and in dialogue. There is no scene without offensive visual imagery or perverse dialogue, including a foul language count in the hundreds. The movie’s overall message is that sexual relations outside of marriage is “normal” and that only by having sexual relations can a couple understand if they are “in love.”
In addition, the story contains positive homosexual characters. There is full front nudity from both genders. Pornography is also glorified. Images and discussions that should not be seen or said are played for laughs.
Media-wise viewers will want to avoid this movie for its perverted content.
The pervasive sexual content in this movie is overwhelming, both visually and in dialogue. There is no scene without offensive visual imagery, explicit nudity or perverse dialogue, including hundreds of obscenities and vulgarities. The movie’s overall message is that sexual relations outside of marriage are “normal” and that only by having sexual relations can a couple know if they are “in love.” Pornography also is glorified. Vulgar, obscene images and dialogue are played for laughs. There are also some positive homosexual characters. Media-wise viewers clearly will want to avoid this perverted movie.