I have been a Kevin Smith fan since "Clerks" first came out and I have been a fan of his since, in fact Kevin and Quentin Tarantino are my favorite filmmakers. I was extremely excited when I fond out that this movie was coming out, and even more so when I learned Jason Mewes and Jeff Anderson would be in this film. Of course I was right there opening day to see the film and at midnight on the 3rd of Feb I was right there to buy the DVD. Naturally everyone showed up at my house at 1:30 in the AM to watch this wonderful film, this seems to be a regular occurrence any time something comes out that our little group likes, even if he had already seen it. So there we were early in the morning with some of us just off work others having to go to work a little later in the AM, and in went the movie. Naturally we all laughed throughout the night enjoying every minute, and we all even stayed up longer to watch the hours of extra features with people leaving one by one to go to work or something. It was not fun to clean my horribly messed up house the next day when I finally awoke, first a night of UFC on Jan 31 and now Kevin's movie on Feb 3rd, boys will be boys I guess or so my girl tells me.
Zach and Miri is all about well Zach and Miri and they are a couple of losers who have done nothing with their lives and have not really found each other even though they live together. They start to realize that they have done nothing when the day arrives to go to their high school reunion, fearing that everyone has done better then them each has to come to realize their flaws. Once they return home in the midst of a conversation all of their power goes off, well that is when the electricity goes out the water goes while Miri is taking a shower before they had went to the reunion. Of course you all know the story from here they come to terms with what they must do, [pause for dramatic effect] make a porno. From this point on a group of wonderful, colorful, and dynamic characters come together to tackle this task.
When they decide that a porno is the best way to go they put together a great and hilarious group of people and set out to make a great spoof of a film you may have heard of, star wars. But once they have everything together and are ready to go it all goes up in flames [not so literally] when they return to their warehouse to find it being tore down. Once all hope seems lost and they are all down on their luck brilliance strikes Zach, why not make a porno were he works, at a coffee shop. So off we are on a great hilarious yet kinda sweet journey that is a mix of all of Kevin's previous films, all of them. Along the way these band of misfit outcasts come together to make more then a simple porno movie, they find each other as friends and two in particular find love with one another.
Kevin Smith is right on point with this film although you can tell that Seth Rogen being apart of this film has had an influence; the jokes come a little faster as is the dialogue. The film is a mix of Kevin's humor and a Judd Apatow type of humor; it turns out to be a very good mix, great even. Smith turns in one of his best films he has been apart of, his writing is just as sharp and the conversations are on point with every one of his films, and his direction is superb. Producer Scott Mosier is back as well thankfully as he goes with Smith like onion with mustard, or did I mean peanut butter and jelly [yeah that's the one], as is DP David Klein who does a masterful job with shooting this film. These guys have come together to create another View Askew classic, I can not go into enough detail about how funny this movie is. The reunion scene is one of my all time favorites, maybe the best in the movie.
All of the performances in this film are great, brilliant even as all bring their a-game. Let's start with the two stars of the movie, Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks. Seth is his usual funny self in this movie delivering line after funny line. The thing about Seth is he really seems like an everyday average guy so that makes him really relatable, he seems like a few of guys I know. Elizabeth Banks is wonderful in this film and looks beautiful as one would expect she really is the one who holds this film together. She is very funny especially during the first half of this movie but during the last half she really ups the ante on the dramatic side of this movie. These two make a wonderful on screen team and are very believable as a couple of losers who need to resort to this type of thing.
View Askew regulars Jason Mewes and Jeff Anderson are back working with Mr. Smith and are brilliant. The thing about this movie is that these two are not the characters that they usually play, Jay [Mewes] and Randal [Anderson], although Anderson played a different character in "Now You Know" which he also wrote and directed. And while technically that film was not a View Askew production Kevin Smith did Executive Produce that film as a presenter. Jason Mewes is outstanding as Lester and is a contender as the MVP of the film as he gives a magnificent performance. His character is extremely funny especially during the sex scenes; Jason does a marvelous job in this film. Jeff Anderson does a great job as well as Deacon, the Director of Photography and he is apart of one the funniest and grossest moments in the film.
As far as the rest of the cast Craig Robinson is one of the three that is up for MVP of the film, because his performance is outstanding. Every scene that he is in I laughed none stop, his line delivery in second to none and he deserves credit. Ricky Mabe does a great job as well playing Barry and he is also a magnificent actor, he like Jeff is involved in a crazy scene. The two porn stars that are in this are extremely talented as well, and I actually mean their acting abilities. Traci lords is great as Bubbles and her dry laid back performance is just what the movie needed, she did a great job. Katie Morgan did an outstanding job as Stacey the kinda typical blonde; she is also the most nude in this movie but regardless of that she easily is one of the funniest in the film. I was really surprised by these two because like I said they can actually act. Brandon Routh [of Superman fame] is great in this movie as well but it is his partner Justin Long playing Brandon St. Randy who is the other guy up for MVP of the film, Justin is absolutely hilarious in this film. He even does this thing with his voice that takes the character to a whole other level, I will not ruin for you but he is great. Also Gerry Bednob [coffee shop boss], Tyler Labine [drunken customer], Kenny Hotz [Zach 2], and Tisha Campbell-Martin [Craig's wife in the film] all did great jobs with the little time they were on screen, also Tom Savini makes a guest appearance.
Another great thing about this movie is the soundtrack; of course Kevin's movies always have good music. Also the special features as with any View Askew Production are great, on disc one you get all the deleted scenes, in fact the deleted scenes all together equal feature length. Also with disc 2 we get the "Popcorn Porn" making of feature which is excellent and is a very detailed look at the film from writing it to making it to the fight with the MPAA, excellent documentary. Also included are all of the "Money Shots" webisodes which are another more comedic take on the making of the film, also included are "Outtakes, ad-libs and bloopers". Still even better we get the Q&A session from Comic-Con 2008 from the cast and crew, and part 1 of the Seth vs Justin ad-lib battle feature, part two can only be found on the Blockbuster Video rental [contract exclusive or something from the Weinstein Company].
This is really one of the best movies I have seen in a while especially a comedy in particular, really it is that good. The entire cast was brilliant and were a wonderful on screen group; all of them need to keep making movies like this. Kevin Smith, Mosier, and Klein all did magnificent jobs and should always continue to work together. I recommend this movie to everybody who likes watching movies; it really is that good, at least to me. As were I would say this may not be for everybody because it is a very strong R, I think that the heart of this film and the sweetness about it will make up for all that. If you are a fan of any of these people or not you will enjoy this movie.
This is really one of the best movies I have seen in a while especially a comedy in particular, really it is that good. The entire cast was brilliant and were a wonderful on screen group; all of them need to keep making movies like this. Kevin Smith, Mosier, and Klein all did magnificent jobs and should always continue to work together. I recommend this movie to everybody who likes watching movies; it really is that good, at least to me. As were I would say this may not be for everybody because … more
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