Zack and Miri Make a Porno is a 2008 film written and directed by Kevin Smith, and starring Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Anderson, Traci Lords, Jason Mewes and Craig Robinson. Like Jersey Girl, this is not part of The View Askewniverse.The plot is pretty much Exactly What It Says on the Tin, as roommates Zack (Rogen) and Miri (Banks) decide to make a pornographic movie in order to pay their bills. However, during the filming of the movie Zack and Miri seem to deal with their Unresolved Sexual Tension, although the path of love does not run smooth.
Zack and Miri Make a Porno provides examples of the following tropes:
All the Good Men Are Gay: Miri's high school crush returns to their small town for a high school reunion. Well... he brought his boyfriend.
Zack: You guys didn't have to do this... Bubbles: And you two didn't have to put us in your movie either. Deacon: Or let us shoot it! Delaney: Or produce it. Lester: Or put us in your movie either! Delaney:WE SAID THAT ALREADY!!
Leave the Camera Running: Avoided in the main film, but the Deleted Scene... well, there are two of them. One for Justin Long and one for Seth Rogen where they just sit there and ad lib.
Kevin Smith openly dislikes people ad-libbing on his material and often requires actors to follow the script exactly, but acknowledged that when the lead of your movie is one of the most noted ad-lib comedians of his day, you'd be an idiot not to make use of it.
Shout-Out: The Monroeville Zombies hockey team refer to Dawn of the Dead, and some scenes are shot in the same mall as the original film. To add to that, one of the porn titles Zack suggests is "Dawn of the Dick", and the sketchy man they rent the storage space from is played by none other than Tom Savini.