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It’s Wednesday, hump day. The week is half over, and the weekend is just around the corner, so what is a dedicated movie watcher to do? In this weekly column, AngieBee makes her suggestions on what movies you should check out to get you through the rest of the week.

AngieBee here again with another Hump Day installment. This week I’m checking out ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO and I realize this may not be what you normally expect to get with my normal diet of rom-coms and “feel good” movies. However, don’t judge a book by it’s cover or, to be more precise, don’t judge a movie by it’s title.

PORNO is an unexpectedly sweet movie with a romantic core that catches you off guard. I will come right out and say that Kevin Smith wrote and directed this flick and that I am a huge fan of Smith‘s output. I own and love them all, watch them regularly and J and I will always be first in line for a Smith movie. That having being said, he is mostly known for “dick and fart jokes” and while PORNO veers ever so slightly away from the Smith formula, fans of his standards will not be disappointed.

PORNO didn’t do well at the box office for one major reason: the name. I really think “porno” being in the title turned off a whole lot of moviegoers. We may have been more apt to see this at the theater if it had been named ZACK AND MIRI MAKE AN ADULT MOVIE, it’s the same thing but doesn’t make you feel as dirty.

You know that moment when you’re standing there at the ticket booth trying to decide what movie to see? The woman wants something sweet, maybe a rom-com and the man wants a horror movie or an action flick. Neither is probably thinking that a movie with “porno” in the title is going to be a excellent choice for this evening’s entertainment, so you avoid it, unfairly ignoring what is a very good movie that was saddled with a very unfortunate title.

Elizabeth Banks and Seth Rogen play Zack and Miri. They are long time friends/roommates who are down on their luck, so much so that the water and power have been turned off in their apartment. Despite these problems, the two decide to go to their high school reunion, if only to cheer them up. While there Miri throws herself at a guy she was completely gaga for in high school (a very funny Brandon Routh) only to find out that he is gay and that his partner is in adult films.

So, an idea is born. Why not make a porno with friends with the main attraction being them having sex. The two figure that at the very least half the people they graduated with would love to see them in a porno, if only for the allure of seeing someone you know get naked. Therefore, an instant fanbase. The only problem is, well, you know sex changes everything, it always does and no one is exempt.

I love this movie, it’s is so funny and frank. No punches are pulled when it comes to the humor and most of the reactions here (despite the outlandish situation) are very real. Smith is at his best when he’s writing about relationships and the insanity that comes along with them, and he’s definitely in his wheelhouse with PORNO.

It should be noted that Smith’s hetero-lifemate Jason Mewes is also on hand and if you have never seen him in a movie, be prepared to be shocked. He will do anything for a laugh, including walk around stark naked for extended periods of time and cuss like you have never heard before. There is one scene that maybe hard to handle, but if you shut your eyes its over in no time and the talking after is just so funny. I won’t blow the gag but Jeff Anderson from CLERKS ends up on the receiving end of some frosting that nobody wants. NOBODY.

Kevin also creates a new sexual act with “the Dutch rudder” and it’s variation “the double Dutch rudder”. Honestly, I think Kevin is probably a little crazy. Thank you, Kevin, “the Dutch rudder” is now part of the vernacular because of ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO. Thanks a bunch.

Honestly, there’s not much else to say other than ZACK AND MIRI is a sweet rom-com dressed up in some slightly naughty clothing. Don’t let the title scare you and give this one a chance. Relax, enjoy and congratulations, the week is half over and you’re just days away from the weekend.

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