Kevin Smith brings a different "porno" to theaters

Tue Oct 28, 2008 4:18pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sex was an endless topic of conversation for the characters in director Kevin Smith's 1994 breakthrough hit "Clerks," but in his new movie "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," sex is more than talked about, it's on display.

"Zack and Miri Make a Porno" debuts in theaters on Friday and is likely to be labeled as Smith's most sex-filled movie yet in a career that is long on topics of sex, raunchy humor and scatology.

His 1997 film "Chasing Amy" tells of a woman who had sex with two men. "Dogma" (1999) has a demonic character made of excrement. In "Clerks," a woman mistakenly has sex with a dead man in the dark and its sequel, 2006's "Clerks II," features a show involving a donkey -- enough said.

Still, Smith told Reuters in a recent interview that sex is not the point in "Zack and Miri." Love is. The director uses sex as a way to explore human lives and relationships.

"For me, a character is fully explored when you can really get your head around them, when you know a bunch about them," Smith said. "And there's no better way of knowing a person than knowing what their sex life is."

Zack and Miri (Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks) are not porn stars -- at least not until their dead-end jobs leave the platonic friends with no electricity or running water in the apartment they share in frigid Pittsburgh.

So, they enlist the help of some eager exhibitionists to make an amateur porn movie they believe will earn them enough money to lessen their predicament.

Zack and Miri promise each other that having sex on camera will not ruin their friendship, but making a porno movie proves to be more emotionally complicated than they expect.   Continued...

<p>The director of "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" , Kevin Smith, attends the premiere of the film in Los Angeles October 20, 2008. REUTERS/Phil McCarte</p>