I dig Kevin Smith. Always have. OK, fine, I didn't think Mallrats was all that funny and, sure, I'd agree with the perpetually self-deprecating director when he criticizes his own "visual style," but I'm no hater. The fact that Smith is just about my age, has a sense of humor that's oddly in touch with mine, and has a background that's eerily similar to my own means I'm always rooting for the guy to succeed. And I think his latest comedy is about to help him succeed big-time.

Although he's been peddling his own brand of potty-mouthed comedy since 1994, Smith seems more or less reinvigorated by the successes of a producer named Judd Apatow. Starting with The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Apatow has written, produced, and/or directed some of the most popular R-rated comedies of the last two decades. Kevin Smith has been doing sort of the same thing, only on a much smaller scale and with an approach best described as "fan friendly." (As in, Smith makes movies for his established fanbase.) But with Zack and Miri Make a Porno, the New Jersey knucklehead has elevated his game in almost every conceivable fashion. (As in, people who've never even seen a Kevin Smith movie might actually buy a ticket to this one.)
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