2008 Running time: 102 Certificate: 18 Rating: 3

Synopsis

Mounting debt drives platonic buddies Zack and Miri (Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks) into making a blue movie to, er, make ends meet. The rookie porn stars vow that having sex on screen will not ruin their friendship... but don't count on romance blossoming in the most unlikely of places. Writer-director Kevin "Clerks" Smith's raunchy script racks up the profanity levels while the presence of genuine porn stars Traci Lords and Katie Morgan ensures X-rated authenticity in the raw.

Director

  • Kevin Smith

Cast

  • Elizabeth Banks

  • Seth Rogen

  • Jason Mewes

  • Brandon Routh

  • Justin Long

Review

The prospect of sex in an enduring, platonic friendship can often spell the end. Especially if it's on the set of a porn film.

Zack (Rogen) and Miri (Banks) are a pair of college buddies who house-share like brother and sister in a slacker relationship where rumpy-pumpy has never been an issue.

However, shivering through a bitter Pittsburgh winter with the water and power cut off they are driven into considering that most desperate of money-creation schemes - making a porn film.

Acknowledging that they both aren't repulsive looking, it would make sense as blue movies don't cost much to make and it's a lucrative, billion dollar industry.

Trawling nightclubs and placing personal ads, they put together a team of filth-makers including Zack's coffee shop colleague Craig Robinson as producer and couple of skinny flick pros played by real-life erotic artistes Traci Lords and Katie Morgan.

Their first smutty venture - Star Whores featuring Lubed Skyballer, Princess Lay-Her and Hung Solo - is a disaster so they re-group to shoot a second skinflick in Robinson's coffee shop after closing time.

Director Kevin Smith's script - one of the lewdest to grace a mainstream movie even with its 18 certificate - is a riot of ribaldry while a writhing Lords and Morgan ensure a healthy dose of smut keeps things real.

Keeping their own end up are Rogen and Banks who gleefully revel in the opportunity to salaciously spout filth whilst performing the least erotic sex scene - he's a delivery boy, she's a cream-fixated slapper - in the history of blueys.

The only problem is that hardcore action and a touchy-feely love story do not the best bed-fellows make and the final reel juxtaposes an over-sweetened romance with a gross-out gag that will having you gulping for clean air.

Still, it's hard to resist - as Miri observes it's a movie which sees Zack coming into his own.