Isn’t it odd that the new Kevin Smith film,Zack and Miri Make a Porno
, is being marketed as simplyZack and Miri
when the advertisements run on certain channels and at certain times? For example, if you’re watching Comedy Central at 10 pm, it’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno. But if you’re watching, say, Oprah at 4:30, it’sZack and Miri
Granted, I get that our society is so horribly prudish we can’t handle the word porno, but the problem is that without the explicit title, the brief television trailer makes absolutely no sense. It simply shows Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks sitting in a bar and drinking, Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks talking, and then we see Elizabeth Banks falling over in the shower while Seth Rogen watches. Then Traci Lords randomly shows up, but it’s never explained why she’s there. It’s like a promo for my day to day life (without Traci Lords). I mean, I talk and I drink, and I’ve fallen over the shower, and if you squint I suppose Mr. Pop Rocks could look like a slimmer Seth Rogen (except with much less hair).
Given the reviews of Zack and Miri Make a Porno, I think that Kevin Smith may have been better off just titling it Kevin Smith Makes Another Terrible Film That Will Inevitably Be Compared to His Only Good Film, Clerks, Which Was Obviously Some Kind of Fluke. Except then I guess no one would want to go see it. -- Jennifer Mathieu
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