Monday, February 16, 2009

Zack and Miri Make a Porno


Don't laugh at me-- I kind of wanted to see "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" (2008). What can I say, it sounded like it could be a funny concept. In this movie, two roommates who are broke try to make a porn movie to raise enough money to pay their rent. I think that in the right hands, it could be hilarious. You would think that Kevin Smith (of "Clerks") would have those hands, but alas, no. Not only was "Zack and Miri" not all that funny, but it had a lot of strange ideas about sex and love that you wouldn't expect from a movie about a porno.

Spoilers ahead!

Zack and Miri make a big deal about being "just friends" and never having slept together. However, they do have sex as part of their porn movie, and find that "it's actually making love" (When Seth Rogan said these lines, I thought he must have been being sarcastic...but he
wasn't). From the moment they have sex, they suddenly see each other in a new way, fall in love, and get married. For a movie that claimed that it had to advertise in stick figures, and that was banned from some theaters, it's ridiculously unsubversive. I've talked before about the media's inability to separate sex and love. But this movie ratchets that idea up to 11. Not only does sex magically create love, but sex IN A PORNO creates love. The weird thing was, Zack and Miri were already living together and for all intents and purposes, were spending their lives together. Even though they'd known each other since kindergarten, it had to take having sex in
front of cameras for them to realize they cared about each other? How dense could two people be?!

4 comments:

Bri said...

That sounds incredibly frustrating.

Ily said...

I don't know if I'd describe it in quite those words (it was more like, "oh brother, not again"), but I guess it's just a good thing I didn't shell out 10+ bucks for a movie ticket.

edgeofeverywhere said...

"Not only does sex magically create love, but sex IN A PORNO creates love." I laughed out loud when I read that. I saw the movie, and you're totally right about how strange that is.

Ily said...

Hee! It WAS weird, huh?