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 UST, although the path of love does not run smooth.
Zack and Miri Make a Porno provides examples of the following tropes:
Actor Allusion: Real-life porn stars Katie Morgan and Traci Lords play porn actresses Stacey and Bubbles.
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 neither! Delaney:WE SAID THAT ALREADY!!
Zack: What's your name? Lester: Lester... Lester the Molester Cockenschtuff. Zack: Wow. That's a great porn name. Lester: I get to pick a porn name?... Then I want to be called... Pete Jones.
Reality Subtext: The filming of the porno is an awful lot like the way the filming of Clerks has been described. In particular, filming in the workplace after hours and the use of a microphone taped to a hockey stick as a boom mike are both shoutouts to the filming of Clerks (although Clerks was filmed with the knowledge and permission of Smith's then-employer).
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.