Soft-core anticlimax almost gives slapstick a bad name

2009-06-01 00:00



I’M sure we’ve all encountered a bit of pornography in our lifetime — some of us may have our own collections, others may have stumbled upon some on the Internet.

So, it is with this assumption that I say that we all know what it takes to make a porno: a camera, a bit of Shaft-like background music, some pretty females with silicon-enhanced appendages, and a few guys who do not really require good looks, only big organs.

None of these “actors” need be of Oscar acclaim, but (and most importantly) they just need to be willing enough to go starkers on film.

And that’s it.

No well written script.

No actual storyline.

No complicated editing.

I must say that even though the movie is about how two best friends set out to make a porno movie because they’ve hit a financial low, it seems that the film makers who devised Zack and Miri Make a Porno could well pass their movie off as a porno as well.

This slapstick comedy, starring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks, which was released this weekend, doesn’t have a very good storyline, and the dialogue and acting are appalling — as is the typical American toilet humour.

There is lots of full-frontal nudity, vulgar language and exchanging of bodily fluids.

This is pornography, minus the explicit sex, of course.

Has this become the formula for most American slapstick comedies of late — and has the genre become the porn of the 21st Century?


As with porn, no matter how lame and unoriginal these movies may be, there will always be an audience for them.


Because, like porn, they’re put out as something new, outrageous and different (with their clever titles, slogans and movie posters) — but at the end of the day, it’s the same old thing just packaged a little differently.

What an anticlimax.


Angelo C. Louw

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