Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)
  • Rate: 6.8/10 total 82,131 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 31 October 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 101 min
  • Filming Location: Monroeville Mall – Business Route 22, Monroeville, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Budget: $24,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $40,127,724(Worldwide)(5 April 2009)
  • Director: Kevin Smith
  • Stars: Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks and Craig Robinson
  • Original Music By: James L. Venable   
  • Soundtrack: We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Porn Actor | Rent | Coffee Shop | Party | Coffee

Writing Credits By:

  • Kevin Smith (written by)

Known Trivia

  • According to ‘Entertainment Weekly’, The Weinstein Company greenlit the project based solely on the title.
  • The role of Miri was originally written for Rosario Dawson. However, due to prior commitments with the Steven Spielberg produced Eagle Eye, she had to decline.
  • Kevin Smith wrote the role of Zack with Seth Rogen in mind. In fact, Smith has stated that if Rogen turned down the role, the film would not have been made.
  • Lester has a slight lisp because Jason Mewes was having dental surgery during production.
  • The film was edited twice, and rated NC-17 both times. The final cut was initially rated NC-17, but got an R on appeal.
  • In one sex scene Lester (Jason Mewes) flips his tie around, so it’s hanging down his back. This was done because Jason has director Kevin Smith’s daughter’s name tattooed down his back, and used the tie to hide said tattoo.
  • The movie’s original poster was deemed too explicit by the MPAA and was banned in the US, because it suggested the characters on the posters are engaging in oral sex. It featured two separate images of Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks, who are fully clothed, and the back of the actors’ heads close to each other’s crotch.
  • The stick figure poster came from a conversation between Kevin Smith and Seth Rogen. Kevin said that they’d might as well use stick figures, since that’s all the MPAA would allow. Rogen said that would be funnier than the whole movie.
  • The city of Philadelphia refused to allow the poster at bus stops because of the word “porno”. When Kevin Smith agreed to have the word taken out and just have the title “Zack & Miri”, the city still refused.
  • The City Of Toronto has slightly edited version of the original poster at most subway stations. Elizabeth Banks is smiling, and the alternate lowered version of her in front of Seth Rogen shows her forehead, implying she is not performing oral intercourse.

Goofs: Errors in geography: In the beginning, when Zack and Miri are driving to the mall, Miri pulls over by Ralph's Army Surplus. If driving this direction, you would be driving away from the mall.

Plot: Lifelong platonic friends Zack and Miri look to solve their respective cash-flow problems by making an adult film together. As the cameras roll, however, the duo begin to sense that they may have more feelings for each other than they previously thought. Full summary »  »

Story: Zack and Miri are two lifelong platonic friends who make an adult film to pay the rent of their apartment. With their friend Delaney, the couple set out for auditionees for their porn film, but in the process of filming, they realize they feel more for each other than they had before.Written by Fashionisto  

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Produced By:

  • Carla Gardini known as executive producer
  • Laura Greenlee known as co-producer
  • Scott Mosier known as producer
  • Leslie Rodier known as associate producer
  • Bob Weinstein known as executive producer
  • Harvey Weinstein known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Elizabeth Banks known as Miri
  • Seth Rogen known as Zack
  • Craig Robinson known as Delaney
  • Gerry Bednob known as Mr. Surya
  • Edward Janda known as Customer
  • Nicholas Lombardi known as Teen #1
  • Chris Milan known as Teen #2
  • Jennifer Schwalbach Smith known as Betsy (as Jennifer Schwalbach)
  • Kenny Hotz known as Zack II
  • Brandon Routh known as Bobby Long
  • Anne Wade known as Roxanne
  • Justin Long known as Brandon
  • Tom Savini known as Jenkins
  • Jeff Anderson known as Deacon
  • Jim Norton known as Auditioner (as Jimmy Norton)
  • Jean-Pierre Nutini known as Auditioner
  • Alice Eisner known as Auditioner (as Alice G. Eisner)
  • David Early known as Auditioner
  • Mattt Potter known as Auditioner (as Matt Potter)
  • Ricky Mabe known as Barry
  • Lena Cheney known as Auditioning Girl
  • Marie Blanchard known as Stripper
  • Deanna Betros known as Stripper
  • Danielle Fortwangler known as Stripper
  • Katelyn Hoffman known as Stripper
  • Ashley Kunich known as Stripper
  • Katie Morgan known as Stacey
  • Jason Mewes known as Lester
  • Traci Lords known as Bubbles
  • Milos Milicevic known as Construction Foreman (as Milos Milecevic)
  • James W. Smith known as Indecisive Customer
  • Tyler Labine known as Drunk Customer
  • Tisha Campbell-Martin known as Delaney's Wife
  • Lauren Miller known as Moaner and Groaner (as Lauren Anne Miller)
  • Betty Aberlin known as Mrs. Copley (uncredited)
  • Cristina Aloe known as Reunion Guest (uncredited)
  • Tony Amen known as Shopper in Mall (uncredited)
  • Paula Bellin known as Girl leaving the bar (uncredited)
  • James Ciesielski known as Reunion Guest (uncredited)
  • Carl Clemons known as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
  • Matt Croyle known as Reunion Guest (uncredited)
  • Jennifer Enskat known as Auditioner (uncredited)
  • Jeffrey Jones known as Paintbooth Extra (uncredited)
  • Zak Knutson known as Todd Spilotti (uncredited)
  • Bruce Koehler known as Construction Worker #2 (uncredited)
  • Stephanie Macdougall known as Reunion Guest (uncredited)
  • Sean P. McCarthy known as Drunk Reunion Guest (uncredited)
  • Chaz Moneypenny known as High School Classmate (uncredited)
  • Jackson Nunn known as Club Owner's Friend (uncredited)
  • Mike Phelan O'Toole known as Punk in Monroeville Mall Playland (uncredited)
  • Jared Pfennigwerth known as Reunion Classmate (uncredited)
  • Kyle Quinn known as Class Reunion Guest (uncredited)
  • Paul J. Rosenburg known as Reunion Guest (uncredited)
  • Brenna Roth known as Dancer (uncredited)
  • Kevin Roth known as Drunk Guy #1 (uncredited)
  • Krista Schwandt known as Reunion Guest (uncredited)
  • Adrienne Wehr known as Auditioner (uncredited)
  • Jean Zarzour known as Auditioner (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Sharon Ilson known as key makeup artist (as Sharon Ilson Burke)
  • Kymbra C. Kelley known as assistant makeup artist
  • Nancy Keslar known as additional hair stylist
  • Rachel Kick known as additional makeup artist
  • Karen Lovell known as additional hair stylist
  • Marianne Skiba known as additional makeup artist
  • Gianna Sparacino known as key hair stylist
  • Carl G. Variste known as assistant hair stylist

Art Department:

  • Timothy Barnhill known as on-set dresser
  • Emilie Bosworth-Clemens known as scenic
  • Emilie Bosworth-Clements known as scenic
  • Lisa Bradley known as construction clerk
  • William R. Bricker known as scenic (as William Bricker)
  • Keith Brzozowski known as carpenter (as Keith Brozowski)
  • Paul Bucciarelli known as additional props
  • Robert Buncher known as carpenter
  • Paula D. Collins known as additional props
  • Darien N. D'Alfonso known as scenic (as Darien D'Alfonso)
  • Jolene Elyse Dames known as scenic (as Jolene Elyse Drylie)
  • Jonathan Dieringer known as art department coordinator (as Jon Dieringer)
  • Fred 'Fredo' Donatelli known as swing gang (as Fred Donatelli)
  • Adam Dunhoff known as scenic (as Adam Dunoff)
  • Cassandra Eccles known as carpenter
  • Kevin Fleming known as plasterer
  • Kevin Fleming known as scenic (as Kevin P. Fleming)
  • Daniel Garrigan known as additional props
  • Eileen Garrigan known as construction scenic artist
  • Thomas J. Garrigan known as property master (as Thomas Garrigan)
  • Jim Heastings known as carpenter (as Jim R. Heastings)
  • Don Hedenburg known as scenic foreman (as Don Hedenberg)
  • John W. Iwanonkiw known as set dresser
  • Gregory Jones known as swing gang
  • Kenneth J. Kellers known as leadman (as Ken Kellers)
  • Brett Kennedy known as set dresser
  • Mark E. Kiley known as carpenter
  • John Kinkala known as laborer
  • Lara Lampenfield known as scenic
  • Lauri Mancuso known as scenic artist
  • Thomas Matela known as scenic
  • Mike Matesic known as gang boss (as Mike 'Bubba' Matesic)
  • Michael Maxson known as carpenter
  • Mike Maxson known as carpenter (as Michael Maxson)
  • Daniel McGuinness known as carpenter (as Daniel J. McGuinness)
  • Michael J. McKee known as carpenter
  • Mika Metz known as scenic
  • Melissa Mittereder known as swing gang
  • Mary O'Brien known as scenic (as Mary M. O'Brien)
  • Brent Peelor known as carpenter
  • Justin Pelissero known as carpenter
  • David D. Pfenninger known as scenic (as Dave D. Pfenninger)
  • Buster Pile known as construction coordinator
  • Ray Pivirotto known as swing gang
  • Jason A. Pollock known as swing gang
  • Gregory Puchalski known as camera scenic (as Greg Puchalski)
  • Scott Purcell known as graphic consultant (as R. Scott Purcell)
  • Donald Lee Rager known as swing gang (as Donald L. Rager)
  • Mike Richer known as construction foreman (as Michael Richer)
  • Jesse Rosenthal known as assistant art director
  • Jesse Ross known as art department production assistant
  • Kelley Snyder known as art buyer (as Kelly Snyder)
  • Nicholas Spivak known as laborer
  • Christopher St. Pierre known as scenic
  • Mamie Stein known as assistant prop master (as Mamie Kay Stein)
  • Shawn Tambellini known as laborer
  • Lance R. Walters known as carpenter (as Lance Walters)
  • Joseph Waterkotte known as carpenter (as Joseph A. Waterkotte)
  • Leo Welsh known as swing gang
  • Adam F. Wright known as art department intern
  • Smith Harper Hutchings known as buyer (uncredited)
  • Steve Tolin known as special prop fabricator (uncredited)

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Production Companies:

  • Blue Askew
  • Weinstein Company, The (presents)
  • View Askew Productions (producer) (as View Askew)

Other Companies:

  • Act One Script Clearance  script research
  • Avid Technology  special thanks
  • Bodum Inc.  special thanks
  • Bulletproof Recording Company  soundtrack
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  dollies
  • Cinelease  lighting equipment supplied by
  • City of Pittsburgh  special thanks (as The City of Pittsburgh)
  • Cleared By Ashley  rights and clearances
  • Cork Factory  special thanks
  • David Haddad  transportation equipment
  • DeWitt Stern Insurance Services  production insurance (as DeWitt Stern)
  • Deluxe Catering  catering
  • Doubletree Hotel, Pittsburgh City Center  special thanks
  • Entertainment Partners  payroll services
  • Fujifilm  released on (as Fujifilm Professional Motion Picture Products)
  • Gullifty's Restaurant  special thanks
  • Haddad's  transportation equipment
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)  this picture made under the jurisdiction of (as I.A.T.S.E.®)
  • Iron City Beer  special thanks (as Iron City Brewing Company)
  • La Prima Coffee  special thanks
  • LaserPacific  digital intermediate services
  • Lightnin' Production Rentals  production van
  • Lightspeed Rentals  special thanks
  • Municipality of Monroeville, The  special thanks
  • NT Audio Visual  optical soundtrack negative (as NT Audio)
  • Nancy Mosser Casting  casting: Pittsburgh
  • National Hockey League  used with permission: all trademarks and copyrights of the National Hockey League and its member teams
  • Otto Nemenz International  camera equipment supplied by (as Otto Nemenz)
  • Panasonic  special thanks
  • Pennsylvania Film Office  special thanks
  • Pittsburgh Film Office  special thanks (as The Pittsburgh Film Office)
  • Pro-Travel  travel services
  • Ralph's Army Surplus  special thanks
  • Rockbottom Rentals  cell phone rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  junxion box rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  walkie rentals
  • Screaming Fan Studios  score recorded and mixed at
  • Skywalker Sound  post-production sound services
  • Sloss Eckhouse Brennan Law  legal counsel (as Sloss Eckhouse Brennan LLP)
  • Twin Fountains Plaza  special thanks: the businesses and patrons of (as the Twin Fountains Plaza, Monroeville, Pennsylvania)
  • Wildfire Studios  adr recorded at
  • Winchester Thurston School  special thanks
  • Zen Room  score recorded and mixed at (as The Zen Room)

Distributors:

  • Weinstein Company, The (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Alliance Films (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Benelux Film Distributors (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Cascade Film (2008) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Entertainment Film Distributors (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Golden Village Pictures (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Nordisk Film Theatrical Distribution (2008) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Roadshow Films (2009) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • SP Films (2009) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Senator Film (2009) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Alliance Films (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2009) (Switzerland) (all media)
  • Culture Publishers (CP) (2010) (Japan) (DVD)
  • David Distribucion (2009) (Mexico) (all media)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Film1 (2009) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Genius Products (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Genius Products (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Imagem Filmes (2009) (Brazil) (all media)
  • Nordisk Film (2009) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Odeon (2008) (Greece) (all media)
  • RTL Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (RTL5)
  • SP Films (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Wide Pictures (2009) (Spain) (all media)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

  • Mandy Arnold known as digital restoration: LaserPacific
  • Angelo Caruso known as digital titles
  • Mike Castillo known as digital restoration: LaserPacific
  • David Cole known as digital intermediate color timer: LaserPacific
  • Kyle DeVriendt known as digital film recording services: LaserPacific (as Kyle Devriendt)
  • Joseph Grossberg known as visual effects
  • Vincent Lavares known as digital data management: LaserPacific (as Vince Lavares)
  • Bruce Mann known as digital restoration: LaserPacific
  • Michael S. Pryor known as visual effects producer: Laser Pacific
  • David Slaughter known as digital film recording services: LaserPacific
  • Joe Hathaway known as digital preview colorist (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Canada 7 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival) (premiere)
  • Canada 13 September 2008 (Atlantic Film Festival)
  • USA 18 September 2008 (Austin Fantastic Fest)
  • Canada 29 September 2008 (Edmonton International Film Festival)
  • USA 20 October 2008 (Hollywood, California) (premiere)
  • USA 21 October 2008 (Chicago International Film Festival)
  • Canada 31 October 2008
  • USA 31 October 2008
  • Greece 13 November 2008
  • Russia 13 November 2008
  • Ireland 14 November 2008
  • UK 14 November 2008
  • Norway 21 November 2008 (Oslo International Film Festival)
  • Israel 27 November 2008
  • Iceland 28 November 2008
  • Singapore 4 December 2008
  • Norway 5 December 2008
  • Bulgaria 12 December 2008
  • Finland 19 December 2008
  • Latvia 26 December 2008
  • Estonia 2 January 2009
  • Sweden 9 January 2009
  • Denmark 16 January 2009
  • Romania 16 January 2009
  • Netherlands 22 January 2009
  • Belgium 18 February 2009
  • Australia 19 February 2009
  • New Zealand 19 February 2009
  • Hong Kong 26 February 2009
  • Thailand 12 March 2009
  • Brazil 20 March 2009
  • Czech Republic 2 April 2009 (Febio Film Festival)
  • South Africa 8 May 2009
  • Portugal 28 May 2009
  • Mexico 12 June 2009
  • Czech Republic 18 June 2009
  • Spain 19 June 2009
  • Poland 26 June 2009
  • Germany 13 August 2009
  • Switzerland 20 August 2009 (German speaking region)
  • Argentina 27 August 2009
  • Hungary 16 September 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Austria 30 October 2009
  • Panama 18 December 2009
  • Japan 12 May 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Turkey 17 September 2010
  • Italy 3 June 2011

MPAA: Rated R on appeal for strong crude sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity and pervasive language (re-rating on appeal)

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