Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Zack and Miri make a WHAT????

I have to admit, I am a little jealous of Seth Rogen. He's 26 and punching out more hits than Lennox Lewis. His humor stylings remind me of Will Farrel or the late Chris Farley, which apparently appeals to thousands of movie-goers. So I have to admit, when I first saw the advertising for the new Kevin Smith film, Zark and Miri Make a Porno, I wasn't too surprised. What surprised me, however, is that I saw it on a passing Los Angeles Metro bus. In front of a church. While it passed an elementary school across the street from the church.

Advertisements for the movie are everywhere. Including on the actual street.

Child's Eye View.

I'm no fan of censorship, but the juxtaposition of the "porno" title with the childlike stick figures is both terrifyingly creepy and brilliant. I am just glad I have no children yet, because something like that would be hard to explain:

Passing bus with Zack and Miri advertisement.

Momma, what's a "porno"?

Oh, it's a...uh...special movie for grown-ups.

Oh. Can I see that movie? (pointing to advertisement.)

No. That's also for grown-ups. Grown-ups sometimes like to draw stick figures, too.

The advertisement does its job well: it distracts you enough to call attention to itself, similar to the Gossip Girl ads all over LA. But people have spoken out against the frank marketing, believing it to be too open, offending people who would normally be offended by pornographic material by forcing them to look at the advertisement everywhere they go.

However people feel about the ads, one thing is for certain. People are curious and will go to see this movie. Nothing sells more tickets than controversy. Will I go see the movie? Depends. I have a love-hate relationship with Kevin Smith's films. While I love Dogma, I am indifferent to Clerks and hate Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. But I usually give every movie a chance.

Happy Filmmaking!

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