Zack and Miri Make a Porno

I enjoyed this romantic comedy about two life-long platonic friends who decide to make a porno in order to solve their respective cash flow problems.

Seth Rogen, who has played in some of my favourite films such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, is Zack, a loser who works in a coffee shop. Gorgeous Elizabeth Banks, who plays Miri, also a financially challenged loser, shares an apartment with Zack. When their electricity, water and heat are cut off because of non-payment of bills, they desperately look for a financial solution.

Zack has to borrow money from a friend and a video camera from another friend. He rents a hole in a wall as a film studio. He convinces some amateurs to perform in the video, including Bubbles (played by Traci Lords) and Stacey (played by Katie Morgan). Lester (Jason Mewes from Clerks) is another amateur who has the exceptional ability to get an instant erection on demand.

Zack and Miri also agree to perform in sex scenes.

But when the studio is inadvertently torn down and they lose all their equipment and investment, it seems that their dream has been shattered. Eventually, Zack comes up with the idea of secretly filming the porno in the coffee shop where he works, using the store’s security camera.

The project is jeopardized when Zack and Miri begin to develop romantic feelings for each other, and neither one of them wants the other to perform in the porno.

The direction is somewhat uneven but overall I found the story sweet and engaging. It’s not as good as The 40-Year-Old Virgin or Knocked Up, but I will give it a good recommendation anyway because the film is so unique.

How is it unique? Well, the movie is very open about pornography and thus is extremely sex-positive, a rarity in today’s world. Porn is not viewed as a big deal with moral difficulties. It is simply a fact of life, and something that most people can enjoy.

To add to the authenticity of the porno production, the appearance of Traci Lords, a former porn star, and Katie Morgan, one of the hottest porn stars today, is welcome.

– RKE

(This opinion belongs solely to the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Good Sex Network.)

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