With their friend Delaney, the couple set out for auditionees for their porn film, but in the process of filming, they realize they feel more for each other than they had before.
For those that don't already know, the second half to that "Zack and Miri" title is "Make a Porno", three little words that have caused a lot of fuss lately.
"Zack and Miri" is vintage Kevin Smith, blending the cheerily offensive with heartfelt sentimentality, and while its nothing groundbreaking or even terribly gratuitous (sure there are some cock and ball, ass, and boob shots but what comedy doesn't have those now-adays), it's also one of Smith's most successful attempts with the formula.
Seth Rogen plays Zack and Elizabeth Banks plays Miri, two best friends living in a crummy little apartment in Pittsburgh.
Banks made her film debut in the low-budget independent film Surrender Dorothy (1998), and is known for her roles in such films as Wet Hot American Summer (2001), Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy (2002–2007), Seabiscuit (2003), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008), Role Models (2008), The Next Three Days (2010), Pitch Perfect (2012), The Lego Movie (2014), and The Hunger Games film series (2012–2015).
In 2014, she portrayed Melinda Ledbetter, the girlfriend and later wife of the Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson, in Bill Pohlad's film Love & Mercy and made her directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2, whose $69M opening weekend gross set a record for a first-time director.
Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's a lesbian.
Zack and Miri are two lifelong platonic friends who make an adult film to pay the rent of their apartment.
Seth Rogen: I remember actually the first magazine I saw. MTV: Have you guys seen porn spoofs of movies that you've been in? Did you guys go to a porn set at any point, or do any of that type of research? Rogen: Apart from a musky odor, I think it was exactly what it was like.
My friend stole it from our local drugstore, and I could get so graphic here, but I won't. Rogen: I'm sure there's a "40-Year-Old Virgin" one. Banks: I'm in the movie "Shaft," so there's clearly a version of that!
But when her acting career didn't take off like his did, she took matters into her own hands, co-writing a phone-sex comedy with her former roommate (a former phone-sex operator herself), getting her brother to sign up as a producer, convincing her famous husband to make a cameo, and eventually selling the finished film to Focus Features for a little more than million.
Vulture chatted with the on-the-cusp writer/actress about kickstarting her career, sex toys, and what would make her kill her husband.
But what I will say is, the woman — her genitalia was not common-looking from what I have now learned. MTV: Really, almost all the film hinges on the sex scene between the two of you in the film. Was there trepidation that you would have to show more skin? But I remember showing up, and he was like, "Oh, it's just gonna be on your faces for the most part," and we're thinking, "Why did I shave my back?