Zack and Miri Make a Wonderful Movie
There have been a number of movies lately that, while associating sexuality and comedy, have done so in a fairly tasteful and thoughtful way, rather than being exploitative or merely tawdry. It’s the difference between Forgetting Sarah Marshall and American Pie; I enjoyed both movies, but the former is far, far more emotionally and intellectually mature, while the latter… isn’t.
Zack and Miri Make a Porno is one of the funniest moves I’ve watched in years. It’s more ribald than raunchy, (with the exception of one joke; you’ll know it when you see it), and despite including a hilarious examination of the plot and acting styles (or lack thereof) in porn, has what is the most touching and tender love scene I’ve come across in cinema. Kevin Smith outdoes himself, and became the first and only director to get the MPAA to overturn their initial ruling on a film’s rating without accepting cuts three times in a row.
The extra materials on the two DVD edition should be sought out – the deleted scenes make the extra disc worthwhile by themselves, and all of the additional content is just gravy.