Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Don’t. Just… Don’t.

I’m all about a good Kevin Smith movie. This is not a good Kevin Smith movie. The characters are not only not likeable (which can be forgiven – there are plenty of unlikeable folks in fiction) but not interesting. There’s this crazy misogynist bent running throughout (it’s about porn, afterall. Still, I’d hoped it would be a little more transgressively about porn. I should know better than to expect transgression from Kevin Smith).

The real letdown here was Seth Rogan, who I genuinely like in 40 Year Old Virgin, and who I’d really have liked to develop a crush on. But he’s actively unlikeable in this movie. He goes off on this really mean, sexist rant about halfway through, and I’d like to think it was just great acting, but I don’t get that his depth as an actor could really stretch too far from home plate.

So the show is sexist to the point of misogyny, ridiculously racist, and worst of all: none of it’s even funny. If you’re going to be sexist and racist, can you do it in a smart, sly, *funny* way? There’s a way to do this that’s clever. This movie isn’t clever. South Park knows how to criticize everybody in a way that’s creative and… not lazy.

This is just a lazy piece of storytelling with dull characters who don’t even stay in character. It’s a lazy orgasm of every “nice guy”‘s wish fulfillment fantasy: that the woman you’ve been pining after for years who insists that you’ll always be “just friends” finally has sex with you and realizes – OMG! – she’s actually in love with you!

See, guys, all we really need is one good lay…. Maybe if you just get her drunk enough or poor enough she’ll sleep with you! THEN SHE WILL KNOW THE TRUTH.

And it’s sad, right? Because in the movie, he genuinely likes her, and it made me think of all these sad, groping guys who don’t understand the difference between fantasy and reality.

You know, I write fantasy novels, and this fantasy was just too over the top for me.

Lazy writing. Lazy directing. Lazy acting. Lazy, lazy, lazy.

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