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Zack and Miri Make a Porno

In this low-brow comedy, Pittsburghers try to make an X-rated video.

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Desperate for cash, a couple of platonic slacker roommates -- Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) -- hit upon a sure-fire plan: They'll produce and star in a porno. This latest cheerfully vulgar comedy from Kevin Smith -- set and filmed in Pittsburgh -- doesn't aim very high and is occasionally uneven, but it mostly succeeds at hitting its marks: funny, profane riffs on pop culture and life; celebration of the everyman; lots of sex jokes (with only one unnecessary gross-out bit); and the time-honored Garland-and-Rooney narrative gambit ("Hey kids, let's put on a show!"). Woven in among the ass-play jokes is a comparatively sweet romance that's part of that au courant cinematic trend whereby gorgeous, smart, funny women fall hard for stoner shlubs (that's you, Rogen). (One day in movie-future, will hot guys ever tumble for slovenly chicks?) Lending comic ballast is Craig Robinson (The Office) and Justin Long, who is the hit of Zack and Miri's otherwise disastrous high school reunion. Starts Fri., Oct. 31

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