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Massawyrm makes sweet love to ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PRONO!!


Hola all. Massawyrm here. Kevin Smith is one of those rare, cherished, but equally derided film makers that possess such a distinctive voice that they seem incapable of making films that can break free from the escape velocity of their own powerful personality. Their voice is so inseparable from their work that almost no attempt to mask it can convince you that anyone else could have made it. And when other film makers are inspired by their work, it is simply referred to as an –esque film. Tarantino-esque. Allen-esque. Coen-esque. The fans love these films FOR that voice; their detractors because of it. Most filmmakers aren’t like this – they can go from project to project and lend their voice, no matter how strong or milquetoast a voice they have, and can make films that target a different demographic every time. But not Kevin Smith. And his last film, Clerks 2 seemed to be his admission and acceptance of that fact. So having broken free of the desire to do something different than his small little potty mouthed Jersey films, he instead embraced his place in the environs of the film scene and created the single best piece of film he’s turned out since Chasing Amy. Make no mistake, Zack and Miri Make a Porno is every bit Kevin Smith as you’d expect. There are all manner of sex and scat jokes – even the occasional gross out bit. Pop culture references drop out of the mouths of his cast almost as often as expletives. And there are appearances by a number of old favorites, including the ever present Jason Mewes. And yet, by freeing himself of trying to be something that he is not, he has actually managed to elevate the material to make what on the surface appears to be one of the most juvenile attempts at humor this year into something deep, heartfelt and positively adorable. What I disliked about Jersey Girl was that Smith wanted to make something touching, but felt that in order to do that he had to dull the edge on his sense of humor to bring it down to PG-13 levels. Kevin Smith is not a PG-13 guy. I, of all people, can appreciate that. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be sweet. And watching him try to fumble around with more family friendly humor hurt. Here he tells a similarly sweet story, but does so with the full brunt of his wit and holds nothing back. The result is a hilarious, gut busting tour de force of comedy that will occasionally leave you doubled over, heaving for breath. And yet it’s a date movie with a lot to say about the nature of mature relationships and what it is that make one work. What’s interesting here is how Smith has assembled a cast that gets his writing on a level very different from previous casts. Looking at the words on paper, this dialog is every bit the voice of Kevin Smith. But the vast majority of his cast has taken ownership of the dialog and in their own ways tweaked the delivery. Unlike many of his films which feel like half a dozen Kevin Smiths sitting around debating Star Wars, we get half a dozen people different people sitting around…debating Star Wars…in what feels like their own distinct voices, but still backed up by Smith’s sharp enduring wit. And it is the cast’s deviation from the pacing of dialog to which we’ve become accustomed that makes this one of his most accessible works to date. I found this every bit as funny as his other works, but with an open, exposed heart that has a lot to say about making relationships work. It is a maturity we haven’t seen from him in well over a decade and may well prove to be the most rewatchable film he’s had in about as long. But as adorable as it is do not forget that this is still Kevin Smith we’re talking about. He’s made a date movie…in which someone gets covered in bodily fluids. As much as this is a date movie, it is a date movie for couples who can handle simulated sex and gross out jokes. So before you make this your weekly date movie, take stock in your significant others threshold for locker room humor. Otherwise, if you think they can handle it, this makes for a fun, cute movie perfect for theaters in which you can lift the armrest. Until next time friends, smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em. Massawyrm
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  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:15 a.m. CST

    nice sig pic

    by unkempt_sock

    pretty graphic

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:16 a.m. CST

    really?

    by unkempt_sock

    first?

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:16 a.m. CST

    neat

    by unkempt_sock

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:16 a.m. CST

    by unkempt_sock

    i actually read it first too

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Good to hear a positive review of this

    by Kneprock

    I can't wait to see it.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:24 a.m. CST

    by nerosday

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST

    That's right I have nothing to say...

    by nerosday

    No, really. Love Smith glad he's getting back in there.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:26 a.m. CST

    They made a prono?

    by Abominable Snowcone

    What's a prono? <p> Is that like, Torture Pron?

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Kneprock

    by the beef

    I'm fairly certain you'll hear a good deal more by the time it gets released. It's hard to imagine anyone not having a good time at this flick. That being said, Massawyrm did probably see this with the best possible crowd.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Prono:Defined

    by g-ride9000

    On prono, c' est on ptit mot ki replaece on no. Les nén definixhants pronos ni dnèt nole racsegne so les djins u les sacwès k' i replaeçnut. E walon, les pronos d' djins si polnut etrocler.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:33 a.m. CST

    FIRST to say first

    by DURANGO66

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Yayyyy Prono!

    by Jawa 007

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    I hate FAT SMITH

    by DURANGO66

    He has no talent, never did, just had to represent all the sub urban white trash spoiled yuppies in America, Married the first chick that actually gave it up to him, and now he is trying to hack some of today's talent, any who hasn't this movie been done at least twice? He is a hater just hates stuff he knows he could never do, he is bitter, he is just not cool...

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:43 a.m. CST

    "WHAT ARE YOU?"-Frank Miller's New Wife

    by DURANGO66

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:44 a.m. CST

    "It's a date movie", if

    by half vader

    the date is already the type to go ass-to-mouth. ;)

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Joel Siegel sucks donkey cocks in hell!

    by SmilingPolitely

    Kevin Smith sends his regards, you dead bastard.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:51 a.m. CST

    That "distinctive voice"

    by Laserhead

    is the voice of a sexually confused, dim-witted bowling alley attendant.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Damn, had a chance to see this

    by Garbageman33

    Passed in favor of a nice dinner with the wife. Bad choice.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    if you like kevin smith

    by palewook

    check out either of the evening with kevin smith dvds. he's pretty entertaining, even when standing in front of a crowd, talking.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 10:07 a.m. CST

    smith isn't talented

    by mynemaborat

    smith makes some mildly amusing movies, but he has no talent except for low brow humor... don't get me wrong, i think that can be funny as hell, but smith has nothing in his bag of tricks. and when he tries for a bit of meaning or sentimentally its just heavy handed and cliched

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 10:10 a.m. CST

    milquetoast?

    by callowteen

    Out of all the turgid, impertinent Benjamin Button’s or Revolutionary Roads, there’s always a Kevin Smith film to hitch you back to what’s essential. Sure, Banks and Rogen don’t have an inkling of the charm Affleck / Joey Lauren Adams had, but Kevin Smith knows this - Chasing Amy was the end of an era - the last gasp. I’m guessing Zack / Miri is the most topical Smith is going to get, considering we’re facing extinction . . . let’s shoot some SCAG! Man. (No crazy ideas, Mewes…) Smith has never disappointed. Ever. It would have never seemed likely that in 2008, Smith would have the finest, most consistent film record (with the exception of Cameron). Well, I’ve gone on . . .

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Massawyrm, did you really say "tour de force of comedy?"

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    I almost have to call "plant" for that.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 10:55 a.m. CST

    I heard that this "Prono" their making...

    by One Nation Under Zod

    Ends with a Big "Cmu Soht" to the face...

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 12:15 p.m. CST

    What's a PRONO??

    by JimCurry

    Does anyone ever spellcheck on this site?

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Nudity?

    by richievanderlow

    Do we get to see Elizabeth Banks naked in this movie?

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Massawyrm "sounds like a fag and his shit's all retarded"

    by I Dunno

    That was a wordy, douchebag tour de force. That read like it went through the Cliche Movie Critic filter at BabelFish.<p>And no, Elizabeth Banks doesn't get naked. The lead in these kind of movies never gets naked. Not even in the Special Unrated DVD where it shows the lead girl with "Too hot for theaters" written over her breasts. </p>

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Can't trust your reviews!

    by FILMFUNK

    You loved Eagleyes conventional thrillerism!? and I don't even know waht a Prono is!?

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST

    love the idiocracy reference

    by applescruff

    coincidentally, i'm pretty sure justin long is responsible for the best part of this "prono" movie. regarding wyrm's signature pic, isn't that barney the dinosaur's little sister fucking that animal?

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 5:09 p.m. CST

    PRONO? Never heard of that

    by Gus Van Rant

    I guess kevin smith is trying to come up with some other way to show "shit on screen".

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Pron is teh suck.

    by half vader

    Get with the internet lingo, Gus & Jimcurry!!

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Oops. Sorry Bill.

    by half vader

    I meant 'internets' or 'interwebs'.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 7:04 p.m. CST

    um, Massa..."Allen-esque"?

    by BadMrWonka

    I think you mean "Hughes-esque"...there are two brothers there, man, not just Allen...

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Didn't he mean Woody Allen?

    by half vader

    ?

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 7:27 p.m. CST

    WTF, Wonka?

    by Lenny Nero

    Seriously?

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Given most responses thus far...

    by Shad0wfax

    Either say Smith is talentless or criticize a spelling error, I'm going to go ahead and suggest that you're all donkey-dick breath ass-lickers.

  • Sept. 29, 2008, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Maybe?

    by ass clown

    I'm a skeptic, back in high school I idolized the ViewAskew universe and loved everything Kevin Smith, but his whole sense of humor has lost its edge with me and Im not so sure Im still on the level with hm. Ill definitely check this out hoping that it delivers on the early screening hype, but I will take all this with a grain of salt until it proves me otherwise.

  • Sept. 30, 2008, 6:43 a.m. CST

    How the fuck do you 'outgrow' Kevin Smith?

    by half vader

    that's like saying you outgrew fart jokes. Fickle fuckin' fanboys!