Not one day after our own Odie Henderson demanded that the movie-going world stop laughing at on-screen penises, Kevin Smith has promised full-frontal male nudity in his newest comedy, Zack and Miri Make a Porno. In an interview with MTV, Smith admitted that Jason Mewes would let it all hang out in what he called "a comedically drawn caricature of not just sex, but porno sex." Not 24 hours have passed, and he's already setting the movement back. Sorry, Odie.
While I tend to agree with Mr. Henderson on the lopsided MPAA nudity front, Smith made a good point in the interview: "We live in the age of the Internet. If teenagers wanted to be titillated, it's not going to be by this movie, it's going to be some hard-core pornography." Which is totally true. The nature of MPAA ratings is so arbitrary at this point when it comes to sex (or just sexual organs) on film, the movie-going public who actually pay attention to the ratings system needs context before they can even make a decision. Lame!
Originally given an NC-17 rating by the MPAA, Smith successfully appealed the decision and Zack and Miri will enter theaters this Halloween with an R. For those of you who want context, the film tells the story of two friends, played by Seth Rogan and Elizabeth Banks, who get into the amateur porn business to combat their rising debt, only to realize they have feelings for each other while doing so. That's how they do it in the Valley, folks.