With the economy in the dire shape that it is currently in, times are tough & nearly everyone is feeling the sting.  That is basically the plot for the 2008 movie Zack & Miri Make a Porno, which stars Seth Rogen & Elizabeth Banks & is directed by Kevin Smith.  Although this film takes place in several locations, it is the location of the ‘Bean-N-Gone’ Coffee Shop where most of the action takes place.  Also, even though this film may be categorized as a comedy, it also features elements of drama & romance as well.

This film is about two lifelong friends since high school, Zack (played by Seth Rogen) & Miri (played by Elizabeth Banks), who happen to live together by sharing an apartment, in order to make ends meet, even though they are only friends & not romantically involved with each other.  When their water & electricity are cut off since they can’t afford to pay those bills, they must figure out how they are going to pay their bills.  At their high school reunion, Zack meets Brandon, a gay porn star.  This gives Zack an idea; it is to start making their own porn films.  At first, they find an old, abandoned warehouse which they use to spoof Star Wars.  However, the next day, the building is demolished.  Zack decides to use his place of employment, ‘Bean-N-Gone’ as the new location.  It is during the scene which Zack & Miri have together, which, in turn, brings out their true feelings towards each other.

One aspect of the filmmaking which I thought was simply brilliant & simply hilarious was the costume design when they were using the old, abandoned warehouse.  I thought it was hysterical using the Star Wars characters for their porn film.  For example, they use dildos as guns.  I also like the costume Miri was wearing, as she looked like Princess Lea.

The other aspect of the filmmaking which I thought was incredible was the acting.  I found Zack to be incredibly funny, while I felt tremendous sympathy for Miri.  I felt sympathy for Miri when Stacey wanted to practice her scene with Zack.  As they are walking by, you can see it in Miri’s eyes how she really feels.  However, the breakout star of the film would have to go to Delaney (played by Craig Robinson).  He is absolutely funny.  For example, during one scene where a woman is about to undress, he talks about how he loves his wife.  During another scene, he takes Zack to his house so he can show him the unfinished version of the film.  It is there where Zack meets Delaney’s crazy wife, (played by Tisha Campbell-Martin).

I must admit, I actually liked this film more than I had originally thought.  When I saw the trailers, I thought it looked corny.  However, I really liked it as it has its share of comedy, romance, & drama.  I also like how it balances itself out.  Just by looking at the title, one would assume that it would just be like another adult movie.  However, it finds its niche nicely.  I definitely recommend this film as it is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen.  I also think that Seth Rogen is one of the funniest actors I have ever seen.