Zack and Miri (Blu-ray)

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Lifelong platonic friends Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) look to solve their respective cashflow problems by making an adult film together. As the cameras roll, however, the duo begin to sense that they may have more feelings for each other than they previously thought.

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Studio Universal (Music)
SKU 210408875
UPC 796019817974
UPC 14 00796019817974
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 2/2/2010
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Review An interesting synergy exists between Judd Apatow and Kevin Smith. With films like Clerks, Mallrats, and Chasing Amy, Smith opened a door that, about 10 years later, Apatow walked through. Now, with Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Smith has fully and unabashedly followed Apatow back into this territory that he once owned, completing the circle. In fact, so many Apatow signatures can be found in this film that it makes one appreciate how much these two have in common. There's the full-frontal male nudity, the romantic comedy subtext, and (perhaps most tellingly) the participation of Elizabeth Banks (who played the vixen in The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Seth Rogen, one of Apatow's best pals...The "romantic" aspect of the "romantic comedy" doesn't work as well as the "comedy" portion. Most of the movie's final third is devoted to Zack's recognition that his feelings for Miri go beyond friendship and the inevitable complications that delay the happily-ever-after moment we know will eventually arrive. There's chemistry, but not much sexual tension, between Rogen and Banks, and the romance is too heavily backloaded. By the time it shows up in full force, it has a tacked-on feel and some of its elements represent standard genre cliches. In fact - and Kevin Smith probably doesn't want to hear this comparison - there's a lot of When Harry Met Sally in the final act of Zack and Miri (although things seem more rushed). In his romantic comedies, Judd Apatow has managed to strum the viewers' heartstrings. Smith isn't as adept in that arena but, while the romance may not be the most magical to reach the screen, most viewers will be laughing so hard they won't care.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Kevin Smith begins with the advantage of being raised with deeply embedded senses of sin and guilt. He's 38, and he still believes sex is dirty, and that it's funny to shock people with four-letter words and enough additional vulgarisms to fill out a crossword puzzle...This is sort of endearing. It gives his potty-mouth routines a certain freshness; we've heard these words over and over again, but never so many of them so closely jammed together. If you bleeped this movie for broadcast TV, it would sound like a conga line of Iron Men going through a metal detector..."Zack and Miri Make a Porno," as the title hints, is about Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) making a porno. "I don't know bleep about directing," Smith once confided to me. "But I'm a bleeping good writer"...Variety, the show-biz bible, trains its critics as keen observers of detail, and their alert senior critic Todd McCarthy observes: "There's scarcely a line of dialogue that doesn't feature the F-word, A-word, one of the C- or P-words or some variant of them"...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...Will this movie offend you? Somehow Kevin Smith's very excesses defuse the material. He's like the guy at a party who tells dirty jokes so fast, Dangerfield-style, that you laugh more at the performance than the material. He's always coming back for more. Once during a speech at the Indie Spirits, he actually sounded like he was offering his wife as a door prize. Anything for a laugh. Nobody laughed. They all looked at each other sort of stunned. You can't say he didn't try.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
Widescreen, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Kyle Smith, New York Post The funniest movie of Smith's I've seen. It's "When Harry Did Sally."
Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle Smith gives the appearance of wanting to provoke, but along with his smuttiness, he wears his heart on his sleeve.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Naughty and nice is a killer-hard combo to pull off. Stick with Rogen and Banks. They rock it.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald Smith's funniest, sharpest and most polished movie to date. It also is his most mature and emotionally engaging picture...
Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer "Zack and Miri" is funny, and Rogen is a natural as Smith's alter-ego, spewing profane dialogue like he was born to it.
Richard Corliss, Time Sweet, funny and sexy.

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