“Zack and Miri Make A Porno – Susan Granger reviews

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Although this offensive concept may have seemed far-fetched when independent filmmaker Kevin Smith (“Clerks,” “Chasing Amy”) first brought it to be table, in today’s economic climate, it has timeliness in its favor.

Underachievers Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) have been pals since childhood. Now they’re platonic roommates in a crummy Pittsburgh apartment, sharing rejection since the objects of their respective lust seem unattainable. At their 10th high school reunion, schlubby Zack goes after a married former classmate, while Miri humiliates herself over studly Bobby (Brandon “Superman” Routh), a porn star, who’s back from L.A. with his gay lover (Mac spokesman Justin Long).

So since they’re both desperate for dough — their rent’s overdue, their heat and electricity have been shut off — Zack and Miri decide to round up a couple of strippers (skin flick veterans Traci Lords and Katie Morgan) and eager acolytes (Jason Mewes, Craig Robinson) and make their own adult movie, a tawdry parody of “Star Wars” called “Star Whores,” and distribute it on-line.

“Porno has gone mainstream, like Coke or Pepsi,” Zack reasons.

While this romantic comedy premise is, admittedly, funny, Kevin Smith’s energetic, gross-out execution is exasperating. His raunchy dialogue is filled with foul-mouthed expletives and potty humor, rather than wit. Basically, he’s no Judd Apatow, even when he steals the shock value of full frontal male nudity directly from “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”

On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” is a crude, farcical 5. It’s a lust cause – yet I must confess a certain amount of amusement when I realized that Elizabeth Banks was also playing Laura Bush in Oliver Stone’s “W” on an adjoining screen in the multiplex. Now that’s versatility!

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Susan Granger

Susan Granger

Susan Granger is a product of Hollywood. Her natural father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director and producer at R.K.O., M.G.M. and Columbia Pictures; her adoptive father, Armand Deutsch, produced movies at M.G.M. As a child, Susan appeared in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O'Brien and Lassie. She attended Mills College in California, studying journalism with Pierre Salinger, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Phi Beta Kappa, with highest honors in journalism. During her adult life, Susan has been on radio and television as an anchorwoman and movie/drama critic. Her newspaper reviews have been syndicated around the world, and she has appeared on American Movie Classics cable television. In addition, her celebrity interviews and articles have been published in REDBOOK, PLAYBOY, FAMILY CIRCLE, COSMOPOLITAN, WORKING WOMAN and THE NEW YORK TIMES, as well as in PARIS MATCH, ELLE, HELLO, CARIBBEAN WORLD, ISLAND LIFE, MACO DESTINATIONS, NEWS LIMITED NEWSPAPERS (Australia), UK DAILY MAIL, UK SUNDAY MIRROR, DS (France), LA REPUBBLICA (Italy), BUNTE (Germany), VIP TRAVELLER (Krisworld) and many other international publications through SSG Syndicate. Susan also lectures on the "Magic and Mythology of Hollywood" and "Don't Take It Personally: Conquering Criticism and other Survival Skills," originally published on tape by Dove Audio.