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Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno Official US Poster

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September 12, 2008

Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Official US Poster

As we've mentioned numerous times before, the MPAA has it out for Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno. They banned the first poster they made, which ended up appearing in Canada, and tried to censor as much as they could from the movie. However, they finally gave up fighting with them and, in essence, just said "fuck it" and put out this official US poster that you see below. It's a bit skimpy, let's just say, but I think a few people might even call it "brilliant!" I think I'm actually the only person that really doesn't like it. Stick figures?! You've got to be kidding me! There were no other ideas that their marketing department could come up with that weren't being attacked by the MPAA? This is just lazy and ridiculous.

I luckily saw Zack and Miri up in Toronto earlier this week and loved it. I guess I'm just frustrated because I really wanted to see a great poster for the movie that could help sell it and become the iconic "image" for it, but alas, stick figures is what we get. Either way, be sure to see it when it hits theaters in October.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno Poster

This actually comes from Kevin Smith's official blog, where he also links to our review. He mentions that "our frustration in getting an MPAA approval on the American poster led to last-resort ideas about showcasing dopey, simple images instead of risque pics of our leads - which, in turn, led to what's now the official American poster for the flick." So there you have it. It's not a joke like I originally thought.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno is both written and directed by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back). This marks Kevin Smith's 8th feature film and it's being distributed this fall by The Weinstein Company. Zack and Miri Make a Porno is currently set to arrive in theaters on October 31st.

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  • Al
    When in doubt, use stick figures, works for me!
  • Frame
    Booooooooo
  • Alex, I have to wholly disagree with you on this one. This poster is genius. It takes all the controversy with the movie, and boils it down to such a simple degree, that it can do nothing but raise curiousity about it. The simple stick figures and basic drawing of the camera place exactly what the movie's about, and kind of sticks a finger in the eye of the MPAA, when partnered with the text. I'm more impressed by this poster, than I am by the one that ended up being the Canadian version.
  • Buttons
    I like it. Why sex is so off limits is weird.
  • Soup Nazi
    Genius!
  • Tyler
    Absolutely brilliant.
  • LeeMan
    the only problem i have with it is that they shouldn't say "seth rogen and elizabeth banks made a movie..." and then they have the title "zack and miri make a porno" anyone that has no knowledge of the movie until now would prolly not get it.
  • I kind of like the "wholesome" font used for the movie title. Looks like a TGI Friday's or something. That said, I think this response it totally warranted. Not only is it different from most posters, but it gives a slap to the MPAA. Kind of reminds me when Jane's Addiction replaced the cover of Ritual de lo Habitual with text displaying the First Ammendment.
  • vegeta
    Awesome.
  • Buttons
    # 8 i agree. Ok music~ Great cover.
  • IK
    Wonderful.
  • Angelo
    I love it.
  • cyrus the virus
    this is probably a poster responding to there banned poster lol
  • Mark
    Pure Genius! The original poster looks just boring in comparison to this masterpiece. This poster is so out of the ordinary + the movie appears to be really controversial and 'forbidden' -> appeals to curiosity. This is the best design they could possibly imagine and it will be a great help to promote the movie.
  • Darrin
    lol
  • I find it hilarious.
  • Kail
    If I didn't know what this movie was I'd want to see it because of this poster, it's similar to the old trailer for Pink Flamingos that didn't show any clips from the movie, just reviews from people who just saw it.
  • John
    I agree with #17. And to add to that, I think it was meant to be lame in response to their other one being banned.
  • D-9
    You should know "red"!
  • twispious
    it took them a bit more than 3 minutes to do this.
  • Buttons
    lol. I hope we can all move past that.
  • harrison
    i love it
  • sng. Sheep
    If she put her hand on his chest, i would think that would crack me up, this is, and i agree with u, abit crappy! But i seen everything from kevin/Jersey Girl, and i'm sure this will rule!! :))
  • "Wow! What did you think?" :) I totally agree with #3 on this one. Brilliant.
  • D-9
    Oh, this has Seth Rogen in it! Oh yea, LAME! And "Red".....you started it.
  • Buttons
    well, I am sorry.
  • MPAA is awful
  • avoidz
    Lazy rubbish. But I see the Kevin Smith fanboys on here are just loving it (surprise). They'd find his toenail clippings funny-as-hell.
  • I actually love the simplistic design and humor of the poster. I'm maybe a fanboy but i'm also a graphic designer and the rule 'Less is more' applies here imho. Only thing troubling me about the poster design is that te font of the 'seth and liz made a movie' is bigger than the actual movie title.
  • Zamora
    That's a great poster! Were it the first thing released, yeah, it would be pathetic. But the idea that "it's so titilating we can only show you this drawing" is a hilarious joke in itself, because it's true! That really is all they can show you. If they were to try making something with the actual actors and still keep the feel of the film, it would either get banned by the MPAA again or totally lose the feel of the film. This one is a hilarious medium.
  • viral
    also note the expressions on the faces of rogen and banks sticks 😉 its quite different from the first poster... actually this poster is a BRILLIANT ploy... it slaps MPAA silly, it makes the the ones who havent been following this to want to go see the movie... and for the ones who know about its battle with MPAA to go "Atta boy"... i only hope the movie is a laugh riot... i would much prefer if they released the movie with absolutely zero nudity and still managed to get a good laugh... that would really really annoy MPAA

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