Zack and Miri Make a Porno ★★★½

Kevin Smith’s movies are somewhat critic-proof, because they don’t depend on cinematic competency, but rather on crude jokes and a likeable cast. It’s a given when going to see one of his movies that there will be some major shortcomings. The only question becomes whether or not the script and performances are strong enough to distract attention from the ineptly framed shots, the immature worldview, and the sophomoric soundtrack. Therefore, I can’t make any great claims for the formal rigor or deft structuring of Zack and Miri Make a Porno, but I can confess that I laughed a lot while watching it and quickly developed a rooting interest in its underdog characters.

Though Zack and Miri is shameless in its presentation of a formulaic premise, it can’t be denied that since it features absurdities such as an extended envisioning of Star Whores, which is precisely the Star Wars cum porno that it sounds like, it represents the ceaselessly juvenile Smith in his unique métier of geek raunch. Probably a bit late in its envisioning of the mainstreaming of pornography, it nonetheless manages to offer a fast and furious parade of profanity that makes the movie at times feel more like a wild sex romp than the likeable romantic comedy that it actually is.

67/100