DVR Full Fail Friday: Zack & Miri Make A Porno

Sky+ box status: now 83% full. Remind me next time that films in HD generally take up more room.

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Without sounding clichéd and like I’m just looking for some preamble to justify the heavy criticisms that are coming, I’m trying to think of the best way to say that Kevin Smith wrote and directed four of my very favourite films (Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Clerks 2), and his films got me through some very very shit times, and I think that Kevin Smith is as talented as his work is – on the whole – intelligent, refreshing and hilarious.

So I won’t. I’ll just get straight on with the knee-jerk bashing that paragraphs like the above usually precede.

First off. There’s a clip from a BBC sketch show called Big Train where something supposedly impressive is being shown off to a group of people in a town hall, and a man at the back of the room shouts “but WHAT…do they DO???”

And that’s how I feel about Seth Rogen: what does he do? I just don’t see the appeal. I get that he’s the scrappy underdog in a room full of success stories; the kid who got picked last in PE; but maybe I didn’t hate getting picked last in PE as much as I thought. He’s obviously a talented bloke, I like his timing, whatever else in this film – and I’ll admit I’ve seen him in nothing else (because…what does he do?) – but I just get narked off about any actor who gets work off the fact that he’s “dorky” or whatever, when anyone who’s actually that dorky wouldn’t be in a film in the first place. Maybe I’m just too far through the looking glass here. I dunno.

And – again, very stupid-sounding pre-qualifier coming here – I’m no prude but I’m not generally interested in seeing sex comedies, or rather comedies based entirely around the concept. Maybe I’m more repressed than I thought I was; all I need to know is that seeing people waving dildos about doesn’t automatically tickle my ribs. (Unless I’m literally having my ribs tickled by the dildos; then it’s all good.)

There were parts I liked, though. Craig Robinson’s in it. And Jeff Anderson. And even Jason Mewes keeps his clothes on long enough – oh, except that bit at the end where he doesn’t – to have some good jokes.

Tough one, this. I really love Kevin Smith’s stuff in general so I’m not about to bash his work. This film had Seth Rogen in it and was about making porn: therefore, I’m not the target audience. Unlike the supposed fans Smith keeps alienating every time he tries something new, I’m not offended by that fact. I just didn’t like it much.

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