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''Zack and Miri Make a Porno'' is a 2008 film written and directed by Creator/KevinSmith, and starring Creator/SethRogen, Creator/ElizabethBanks, Jeff Anderson, Traci Lords, Jason Mewes and Creator/CraigRobinson. It was his second after ''Film/JerseyGirl'' to be set outside of Film/TheViewAskewniverse.

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 UnresolvedSexualTension, although the path of love does not run smooth.
!!''Zack and Miri Make a Porno'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AllTheGoodMenAreGay: Miri's high school crush returns to their small town for a high school reunion. Well... he brought his boyfriend.
* AluminumChristmasTrees
** There is an actual porno called ''[[Film/EdwardScissorhands Edward Penishands]]''.
** Porn studios who make personal porn films for couples really exist.
* BadBadActing: During the shooting of the eponymous porno
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: Mewes' full frontal scene. In the words of Creator/BenAffleck, "That's not him on the way up, that's him on the way back down!"
* BlackBestFriend: Delaney, for Zack.
* BookEnds: Zack and Miri's conversation about the bathroom door happens twice, once near the start, and once near the end, almost word for word.
-->'''Zack:''' Close the door when you're taking a shit!!\\
'''Miri:''' It WAS closed!\\
'''Zack:''' It was closed OVER, it was not closed--\\
* CallBack: Combined with ActorAllusion. In ''Film/{{Dogma}}'', Jay asks if "girls fart when you blast them in the ass". Well, he did just that, and this girl [[{{Squick}} more than farted]].
* CatchPhrase: "Let us fuck!"
* CensoredTitle:
** Many posters listed the movie as ''Zack and Miri'', while others looked like the page image without the title at the bottom, carrying the tagline "Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks made a movie so outrageous that we can't even tell you the title"
** Most of the DVD covers also have the title as just ''Zack and Miri''. Presumably, places such as Walmart would not have stocked the movie under its full name.
** Not just posters, but also TV ads. Kevin Smith once complained about the NFL banning trailers of his films during games, saying they were inappropriate, but allowing commercials for beer and ED prescriptions.
* ChekhovsGun: The boss's video camera.
* ClassReunion: Which ends, unfortunately for Miri, with her old crush being gay and her discovery of being a joke on the internet. Meanwhile, Zack gets a handjob!
* ClusterFBomb: Well, it's a Kevin Smith movie.
* CoolLoser: The main characters.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: This scene:
-->'''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.\\
'''[[TheDitz Lester]]:''' Or put us in your movie either!\\
'''Delaney:''' [[InvokedTrope WE SAID THAT ALREADY!!]]
* TheDitz: Stacey, and Lester.
* EmbarrassingNickname: During her high school days, Miri's surname gave her the nickname "Stinky Linky".
* EthicalSlut: The sex workers are almost implausibly sweet and well-adjusted in this movie; the neurotic suburbanites are the ones who have all the problems.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Everyone sees there was more than just porn sex going on between Zack and Miri when their scene comes up (they see it too, but [[CanNotSpitItOut won't admit it]]).
* EverythingIsRacist: Delaney takes offense at his boss asking him to work on Black Friday. Played with in that Delaney is only doing it so he can do some Black Friday shopping of his own.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: No points for guessing what the plot is.
* FallenOnHardTimesJob: The duo are struggling to pay the bills, so ''Star Whores'' is made as a last-ditch effort to make money.
* GoshDangItToHeck: "I'm gonna [[SubvertedTrope fuck you with my penis!]]"
* HenpeckedHusband: Delaney, put into sharp focus when we eventually meet his wife near the end.
* HighSchoolRejects: Zack and Miri.
* IDontWantToRuinOurFriendship: [[spoiler: But they do, [[OfficialCouple and they love it.]]]]
* IllTakeTwoBeersToo
-->'''Zack:''' Yeah, I'll have two beers. (''turns to Miri'') You want one?
* InnocentCohabitation: Zack and Miri at the start of the movie.
* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: Rumor has it the movie was green-lit on this ''alone''. Although a second guess might have made the studio heads realize that marketing a film with such a title would be near-impossible.
* IntimateArtistry: Zack & Miri both realize that making the porno will likely effect their friendship, [[DefiedTrope so they both promise each other that they will not let the movie change their emotions]]. To the surprise of none of the characters, [[PlayedStraight them filming together does cause both of them to realize their feelings for one another]].
* JustFriends: [[LikeBrotherAndSister Zack and Miri]], to the extent they are PlatonicLifePartners before the porno comes along.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: Avoided in the main film, but the DeletedScene... well, there are two of them. One for Creator/JustinLong 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.
* MaleFrontalNudity: Which leads to the following...
* MoodWhiplash: Zack and Miri are having a touching moment... oh, hello, Jason Mewes' penis!
* MoralGuardians: They didn't take too kindly to the film, the poster or even ''the title''. Which is probably why the movie was released on DVD in many places as simply ''Zack and Miri''. Apparently, the marketing people feared the possibility of [[ThinkOfTheChildren children asking their parents what a porno was]] if they saw the title, to which Smith, himself a father and who didn't believe the title was vulgar, angrily replied [[SarcasmMode "God forbid parents talk to their children."]]
* NoJustNoReaction: Zack after Delaney pitches his "[[Film/RevengeOfTheSith Revenge of the Shit]]" idea.
* ParallelPornTitles: Zack and Miri initially set out to make ''[[Franchise/StarWars Star Whores]]''. They [[TheStinger eventually get around to it.]]
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: At the beginning of the movie, Delaney accuses his boss (who is Asian) of racism because he wants him to work on "Black Friday."
* PoorCommunicationKills: Of course, if Zack and Miri could actually talk to each other like two mature adults, the last third of the movie wouldn't happen.
* PornNames: Played with.
-->'''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.
** Made even funnier later on when we see the DVD cover for the movie and he's billed as "Pete Jonze."
* SassyBlackWoman: Delaney's wife.
* SecretTestOfCharacter:[[spoiler: Miri sets one of these for Zack, telling him it's okay to sleep with one of the actresses (for the movie) and, essentially, punishing him when (she believes) he has. Zack calls her out for her [[{{CompressedVice}} newly-found]] ManipulativeBastard tendencies, [[{{ScrewThisImOuttaHere}} moves out, and abandons the production]].]]
* SexEqualsLove: Played absolutely straight.
* ShoutOut: The Monroeville Zombies hockey team refer to ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'', 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 Creator/TomSavini.
* TheSlacker: Zack.
* TheStinger: Interrupts the credits.
* TokenWholesome: Miri, both in and out of universe.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Both protagonists.
* WomenAreWiser: Subverted. Neither Zack nor Miri is intelligent, talented, skillful, or able to manage his or her money whatsoever, but Miri seems to display fewer screw-ups than Zack...[[spoiler:that is, until the last act of the film when Miri, in a truly, infuriatingly perplexing and bizarre move, purposely rejects Zack and acts like she's going to go through with her sex scene with Lester even after Zack spills his guts to her, tells her he loves her, and heavily implies that he didn't even sleep with Stacey. She still acts indignant and allows him to walk out on her and the film's production, ruining everything until Delaney convinces Zack to try talking to Miri again some time later.]]
* WorkInfoTitle: ''Zack and Miri Make a'' '''''Porno'''''.
* WorstWhateverEver: "Worst. Porno. Ever."