starring Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Robinson, Jason Mewes
written and directed by Kevin Smith
by Walter Chaw There's something wrong with Kevin Smith. Which is not to say that there isn't something wrong with most artists, just that in the case of Smith, it's become steadily apparent that whatever's wrong with him is manifesting itself in genuinely sad ways. Zack and Miri Make a Porno (hereafter Zack and Miri) is dreadful in the unique style of that guy who traps you in a conversation and proceeds to drop lame Star Wars references and ancient race riffs laced with pathetic interludes about his syrupy, jejune concept of romantic love. Afraid to seem "uncool," this guy will leaven his horny-dork shtick with dusty "blue" material--but every step along the way, all Smith does is demonstrate that he's not funny anymore (if he ever was), and that if there was a time that he slipped in under the zeitgeist, that time is over.