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Zack and Miri Make a Porno Review Critics


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  • 3.0

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  • 30

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    It's really dumb, even though it starts promisingly and continues, in a self-infatuated way, to consider itself quite bright.

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  • 42

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A Smith production is always noisy, shambling, and liberally smutty on the outside while conservatively gooey on the inside.

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  • 50

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Longs to be a smutty film with a heart of gold. Instead, it's a funny concept whose execution does not live up to its potential.

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  • 60

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Despite shortcomings and implausibility linked to their roles as written, Rogen and Banks come off with surprising charm and grace.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks make a lovable couple; she's pretty and goes one-for-one on the bleep language, and Rogen, how can I say this, is growing on me, the big lug.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Explicit Kevin Smith comedy isn't sexy or funny.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Kevin Smith comedy about amateur porn filmmakers -- which was rated R on appeal after initially receiving an NC-17 -- is packed with coarse, crude language and situations, including explicit depictions of sex acts and full-frontal nudity. Characters are seen having sex with people they don't know very well, with no mention of safe-sex practices or contraception. In one of the film's more over-the-top sight gags, a character filming a sex scene is sprayed with feces. Language includes every four-letter word under the sun and them some, and there are plenty of body part/function terms and racial/sexual epithets as well. Two homosexual characters (one of whom is portrayed very flamboyantly) are shown in a loving, committed relationship.

  • Families can talk about the hard-to-negotiate differences between sex, love, and friendship. What does this movie have to say about all three?
  • Talk about the popularity of raunchy comedies -- why do you think thesekinds of movies have become so prevalent? Does this reflect a newopenness about sex or an anything-goes permissiveness that cheapensreal sexuality?
  • Talk about why people make pornography -- and why people watch it.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The message that making a porno will solve money problems is obviously problematic. The movie seems to be saying that sex and love and friendship are very different and complicated things.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: No parent would want their kids to be doing what the main characters are doing here. However, the lead characters' relationship goes from friendship to sex to lovewith some sincere (if profane) discussions of what all three mean.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: A punch is thrown in the course of a hockey game, earning the offender a penalty. Some use of phrases like "Take it!" during sex scenes.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Constant explicit vulgar sexual references and situations, including frequent full-frontal male and female nudity, sexual acts depicted on screen, references to sex acts, and extensive discussions of heterosexual and homosexual activity in explicit terms. Discussion of the challenges of making adult films; discussion of the difference between sex and love, and between fidelity and promiscuity. Sex toys simulating portions of male and female anatomy are discussed or shown on-screen. Kissing. Promiscuous sex with multiple partners, with no mention of contraception or safer sex practices. A scene is set at a strip club. A woman blows a soap bubble with, presumably, her genitals. Discussion of sexual arousal, sexual techniques, and sexual practices.

  • language false5

    Language: Pretty much every extremely profane term there is. Constant explicit vulgar sexual references.

  • consumerism false4

    Consumerism: Extensive mention of pop culture figures and celebrities, including Oprah, Rosie O'Donnell, Meryl Streep, and more. The filmmaking group's first effort is a pornographic film inspired by the Star Wars series, so there are multiple references to (and naughty variations on) Star Wars character names and plot lines. Films and TV shows mentioned include Amistad, Gandhi, Glenngarry Glen Ross, Buck Rogers, To Catch a Predator, MacGyver, Highlander, Hannah Montana, The Wiz, Girls Gone Wild, Brokeback Mountain, Mad magazine, Ziggy, Spider-Man,Pretty Woman, Sleeping with the Enemy, and Lost. Brands visible on-screen include Mac computers; brands mentioned include Ronald McDonald, Jergens, Nickelodeon, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Ex-Lax, DreamWorks, YouTube, and more.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink hard liquor and beer and smoke cigarettes. Characters talk about hoping to drink until they get "alcohol poisoning" and how "I'm gonna binge drink until I black out." Drinking games are played.