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Lifelong friends and roommates Zack and Miri are facing hard times and a mountain of debt. When the electricity and plumbing get cut off, they seize upon the idea of making a homegrown porno movie for... read more read more... some quick cash, enlisting the help of their friends. The two vow that having sex will not ruin their friendship. But, as filming begins, what started out as a business proposition between friends turns into something much more.

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R, 1 hr. 41 min.

Directed by: Kevin Smith

Release Date: October 31, 2008

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DVD Release Date: February 3, 2009

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  • September 30, 2013
    'Zack and Miri Makes a Porno' is hilarious, but it's strongest aspect is the fact that it created pathos and honest sentiment within a narrative that felt like it'd have to be completely devoid of it.
  • September 14, 2013
    Zack: That's what porn is: turning the normal into abnormal, by fucking it!

    "What would you do to get out of debt?"

    Zack and Miri Make a Porno is a surprisingly great movie. This is Kevin Smith doing what Kevin Smith does and it doesn't hurt when you team up with a guy like Set... read moreh Rogen who seems like the ideal cast member for a Kevin Smith film. It weaves the disgusting, raunchy Kevin Smith dialogue into a vulgar art form and still the movie comes across as sweet at the end. That's the genius of Kevin Smith when he goes for the love stuff.

    Zack and Miri have been platonic best friends their whole life and are currently living together. The bills and debts are piling up on them though and Zack's job at a coffee house isn't going to really solve it. When they run into an ex-peer at their 10th high school reunion and learn that he's gay and his boyfriend is a gay porn star; Zack has the epiphany that him and Miri should make a porno. After getting a producer, someone to shoot it, and some talent, they go to work, but the two are hiding deeper feelings for one another than they believe.

    I can see some of the content being a turnoff to some of the more conservative types out there, but that's to be expected with a director like Kevin Smith. If you like his brand of humor, Zack and Miri is a great little watch. It's not necessarily typical Kevin Smith though. It has a different feel to it then movies like Clerks, Chasing Amy, and Mallrats. Still even with the different feel, it's really funny and a whole lot of fun.

    I loved every minute of this movie. I may be a little high on praise though as I am a huge Kevin Smith fan and a huge Seth Rogen, and I'm also a huge fan of how beautiful Elizabeth Banks is. This is one that is really worth seeing even if you're sick of the raunch infested comedies that come out all the time now. This is one that is able to counter its vulgarity by evening it up with some sweet plot and character shifts. 
  • January 10, 2013
    An interesting twist on the traditional rom-com. In the end, turns out to be a little more traditional than I would've liked.
  • January 7, 2013
    I think people expect too much from Kevin Smith these days. He got lucky with Clerks and it was way over rated anyway. Zack and Miri Make a Porno is light-hearted, very funny and very well done. It's aptly rude without being nasty either which is down to good writing. All the cha... read moreracters are likable too, it's never offensive. I'm not sure why this got all the flack it did, there is so much worse out there that gets praise I often have to wonder about my fellow cinema goers.
  • May 23, 2012
    Writer/director Kevin Smith used to be a bit of an indie god. His debut "Clerks" was made on a shoestring budget and his films have normally had a real freshness and originality. His last three films; "Red State" "Cop Out" and this, are starting to show that Smith is running out... read more of ideas though.
    Plutonic flatmates Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) are cash strapped with mounting financial debts. They struggle to even pay basic household bills. When their electricity and water are cut off, they decide to embark on a money spinning idea; to make a homemade adult film. Eventually, the long-time friends will need to have sex with each other but will they be able to keep their emotions in check?
    The film starts brightly and yes, you guessed it, Rogen gets to crack a few dick jokes. He's good at it though but when it's Kevin Smith at the helm, you expect a bit more. The writing is not as fresh as his earlier stuff and the film resorts to some cheap gags. It also strays off the path of indie comedy and treads onto the well worn one of romantic-comedy. This may be rom-com with an adult twist to it but, ultimately, it's still part of the genre that I don't really care for. It's the performances that keep it tolerable. The two leads in Rogen and Banks are very endearing and they are surrounded by a great supporting cast - Jason Mewes is, as always, hilarious and there is a brilliant cameo from Justin Long as a gravelly voiced, profane, gay porn star. I found it to be a film of moments though. It has several that are very funny - including a good "Star Wars" porn scenario with Hung Solo and R2 T-Bag - but it's just not consistent enough and then resorts to hammering the love angle. When this happens, you just know the film has muffdived nosedived and it's very unlikely that it will recover. As expected, it doesn't. If you're looking for a good comedy that delivers the same premise then I suggest "The Moguls". A little seen Jeff Bridges film released in 2005 that dealt with similar material in a more tasteful and frankly, funnier way.
    Not one of Smith's better efforts and has been the start of a three film decline for him. It does have some qualities but squanders them in favour of a formula.
  • May 9, 2012
    Endearing but corny, it's standard Kevin Smith fare. Goofy and disgusting things happen the whole way through, but the characters are likeable and the laughs are decent. What might have been most interesting about this movie was the deconstructing of porno that it slipped into fr... read moreom time to time. I don't think it was Smith's intention, but there were enough wink and nod moments about porno in society and "as a genre" (is it a genre... anyway...) that it could almost pass for a clever movie. Oh, wait, no, somebody ends up with his face covered in feces... standard Kevin Smith fare after all. Fun, though.
  • March 9, 2012
    An average comedy that follows through due to the great performances by Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks. There are some laugh-out-loud, hilarious scenes due to sharp dialogue. What drew me off was the excessive nudity (No duh, it's a movie about porn), but the movie works best whe... read moren it focuses on the chemistry between Seth Rogen's and Elizabeth Banks' characters (and the hilarious Craig Robinson). I enjoyed it.
  • February 5, 2012
    Considering what the movie's about there's an innocence to it. It isn't entirely an outrageous gross out comedy that breaks the proper entertainment barrier. The characters are entirely likable and the hilarious cast members like Craig Robinson prove that they can take on serious... read more roles as well as comedic one's. Funny yet charming, Zack and Miri proves that sex can sell pretty well. Even in movies that aren't classed as pornography. I will say though, for what it was it had a lot of potential.
  • January 25, 2012
    The premise is surprisingly naughty for Hollywood, even if this is a Kevin Smith film we are talking about. Two friends decide there is money to make with porn and get busy casting and preparing a big porn shooting. The first half of the film setting up this situation with the pe... read moreople they meet is actually really hilarious. The highlight is the Star Wars porn rehearsal. Sadly, their studio is in ruins the next day and they have to start over. Which robs the film a bit if its charm. Sure it is funny to watch ridiculously badly performed acting in porn. But here we know it is a movie about that and this additional level feels fake and not all that funny. That doesn't mean the second half is an entire failure but the film gets a bit too carried away with all the usual monogamous relationship stereotypes between love and sex, when it could have been so much more kinky and politically incorrect. The ending and end credits scene is rather well done, though. Overall still pretty funny and naughty.
  • November 26, 2011
    Zack and Miri Make a Porno is Kevin at his raunchiest and one has to wade through the shit (pun intended) to get to the heart of the story, as one always does watching his films. The cast is pretty nice, even if it is pretty much a company of Judd Apatow regulars. The script and ... read moreediting are both nice and keep things moving pretty fast, even in dialogue-heavy scenes. Credit is also due to the cast's constant ad-libbing like crazy and keeping the material fresh, something Kevin seems to be getting more comfortable with. I also really enjoyed the homages to Dawn of the Dead. To be succinct, I really enjoyed the movie, and I'm happy to see Kevin move on from the Viewaskewniverse.

Critic Reviews


Christine Champ
May 6, 2011
Christine Champ, Film.com

All in all it's a modern-day, Kevin Smith fairytale: a big-screen bearing, perhaps, of his soul at its sincerest and wittiest, if not filthiest. Full Review

Tom Huddlestone
November 14, 2008
Tom Huddlestone, Time Out

Smith may have pioneered this kind of upfront sex chat, but the Apatow team refined it. 'Zack and Miri' feels uncomfortably like a gruesome game of filth-talk oneupmanship, and it's hard to care who c... Full Review

Christopher Orr
November 3, 2008
Christopher Orr, The New Republic

It's one thing for a movie to be dirty; it's another thing altogether for it to be plain sloppy. Full Review

David Denby
November 3, 2008
David Denby, New Yorker

Kevin Smith turns out to be reverent after all: he wants to separate true love from mere copulating for money, but his story mixes romance and porn so inextricably that he seems confused, and the movi... Full Review

Neely Tucker
October 31, 2008
Neely Tucker, Washington Post

Everyone on screen seems to be having so much fun.

Joe Morgenstern
October 31, 2008
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

Seth Rogen is totally out of control. He's been marvelously funny in the past, and will be again, but get that party animal back in his cage. Full Review

Linda Barnard
October 31, 2008
Linda Barnard, Toronto Star

Zack and Miri isn't very funny. Laugh-out-loud bits here are as rare as real breasts in an adult film. Full Review

Peter Hartlaub
October 31, 2008
Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle

The audience where I watched the movie laughed so hard that we all probably missed a third of the lines, and it was still one of the funnier movies I've seen this year. Full Review

Stephanie Zacharek
October 31, 2008
Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com

The jokes are forced, almost mechanical, in their crudeness. They're so carefully placed that they feel a little precious rather than spontaneous, which ends up defying that impulsive, animal thing in... Full Review

Stephen Whitty
October 31, 2008
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

The mood lurches around a bit, and the film itself feels a bit diluted -- as if Kevin Smith were doing Judd Apatow doing Kevin Smith. And Smith, and his fans, are far too original to settle for that f... Full Review

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Facts


    • Zack Brown: Ziggy? Is that even in fucking papers anymore? No, man.
    • Delaney: Fuck you, Ziggy's a comic. It's right next to Family Circus.
    • Zack Brown: No, I mean.. Spider-Man and shit.
    • Zack: Miriam Linky, will you have sex with me on camera for money?
    • Zack: You give me a two popsicle sticks and a rubber band and I'll find a way to fuck it like a filthy MacGyver.
    • Barry: I-want-to-slam-my-ham-in-your-can-wo-man. Scene.
    • Zack: Brandon is the star of such adult fare as... what was it?
    • Brandon: You better shut your mouth before I fuck it.
    • Mr. Surya: I hate both of you Ebony and Ivory mothafuckas! I TELL YOU!

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