Today was a pretty perfect rainy sunday, house to myself, didn’t have any plans to leave it, and more movie catch ups. I decided to create a seasonal sunday double bill for myself. I kicked it off with Zack and Miri Make a Porno. It’s no secret I used to be a huge kevin smith fan back in the 90s but I haven’t really liked anything he’s done in a while. Jay and Silent Bob being the epitome of almost everything I hate. So it’s understandable that I approached this one with more than a little trepidation.
I really needn’t have bothered, this is pretty much the best thing that Kev has done since Chasing Amy, it’s got that vintage Smith feel about it. Seth Rogen slides perfectly into a role that Jason Lee would’ve had a few years back, and is far less annoying than I imagined he would be (he’s as terrible as Michael Cera for playing the same character over and over again) and Elizabeth Banks is sort of adorable.
This isn’t a movie that’s saying anything, and not the kind of film you’ll see a different layer of each time you watch it, but it is a sweet and lovable pop culture reference heavy piece of cinema about falling in love with your best friend.
I was sucked in from the get go, HI! I’M A SNOWY SMALL AMERICAN TOWN AND THERE’S GOING TO BE A HIGH SCHOOL REUNION. Well done establishing shot. It’s worth noting that Kevin Smith keeps writing loser characters who do things like work in stores and coffee houses. No one does that anymore, slacker culture isn’t something anyone aspires to anymore, we’re all ambitious now dontcha know?
It’s all a little juvenile and idealistic, but that’s what Smith has always been good at, and although it’s set around Pittsburgh and not Jersey it may as well be. There’s also hockey and Randall from Clerks and Jason Mewes. Brendan Routh (jeeeeez, that boy!) and Justin Long have awesome cameos. It’s good to see people saying cunt on screen as much as this, but it’s also about as complex as a teen movie and the resolution is just a little too convenient. But hell, it’s not like I went into it expecting Bergman huh?
It did make me feel sort of warm and fuzzy inside and miss an old best friend I used to be in love with. To push that feeling to a slightly more painful level I followed it up with Just Friends.
Lets get this straight, Just Friends is NOT a good movie, but it is a Christmas movie (so I’m in, automatically) and it does star Ryan Reynolds, and it’s set in Jersey and I’ve seen it more times than I’d care to admit on the internet. It’s also about being in love with your best friend and small town life versus big city values. All of these are big cinematic themes for me.
That whole paragraph was just me justifying watching Just Friends huh? haha…
Right, I’m off to tick the last thing on my to do list off before I fall asleep. I love sunday.