More ways to make a buck

There's more than one way to make a buck

A couple of days ago I received a 20th anniversary class reunion notice from the college I attended. Twenty years! I mean, what happened? Just yesterday I was worried about having enough beer in the fridge for the weekend and now I'm worried about the stability of global money markets. Half my life just passed by and I barely noticed.

I had my twentieth high school reunion a couple years ago and like most nostalgic situations, the event turned out to be mildly entertaining. I took note of the physical incidentals: who still had hair, who had gained weight, who got better looking. But mostly I was intrigued by how my classmate's personalities had remained virtually unchanged.

Early in the evening most people handed around photos of their children and waxed about their careers. As the night wore on, however (and the alcohol loosened up inhibitions), the flirty ones started flirting more, the annoying ones started annoying more, and the entertaining ones started entertaining more.

One of the classmates I found most interesting was a guy I barely knew back in school. After graduation he apparently left town, learned to play the bass guitar, and ended up in a metal band in Los Angeles where he hung around with Guns N' Roses and Poison. After a stint with heroin he got into personal training where he became a trainer to the stars. Today he lives with an elderly heiress in a posh New York penthouse. Talk about living!

That classmate's story was intriguing but it still doesn't reach the level intrigue presented by the two characters in this week's feature, "Zack and Miri Make a Porno."

Zack and Miri are two high school friends who are on their way to a class reunion. The usual nervousness ensues as they prepare for the emotional onslaught but nothing can prepare them for the immense feelings of inadequacy they feel after seeing how most of their classmates have moved on. Their insecurities are heightened when they return home to find their utilities turned off. At that point they realize they have to do something with their lives before they end up homeless. The get-rich-quick answer? Make a porno.

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