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Director Kevin Smith has built his career on low budget, offbeat comedies that feature profanity-laced dialogue. His newest offering is no exception. In fact, "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" builds off Smith's standard delivery by injecting a heavy dose of physical sexuality. In other words, this is not a film you want your children to see.

I'm starting to wonder if Kevin Smith is ever going to get tired of this shtick. He's made valid attempts at more mainstream films in the past, but he always seems most comfortable shocking people with incredibly profane speeches. The interesting thing is that I've yet to meet a real person in this world who can drop three f-bombs in one sentence and actually have something intelligent to say. In Smith's world, everyone's dialogue is a combination of Lenny Bruce and Plato - unique and interesting but hardly believable.

If you enjoyed "Clerks," "Dogma," and "Chasing Amy," then you'll probably slide comfortably into this picture. The interplay between the characters is identical with the addition of some extreme sexual content. Plan on bypassing this one, however, if you are easily offended. The shock far outweighs the comedy. A perverse "C+" for "Zack and Miri Make a Porno."

Dom's Video Pick of the Week: As Good As It Gets

There are few films I could watch 100 times, but "As Good As It Gets" is definitely one of them.

The story revolves around an obsessive/compulsive writer and the waitress he becomes enamored with. Starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt, "As Good As It Gets" is a masterpiece of acting, dialogue, and direction. This fact was confirmed by seven Oscar nominations, with Nicholson and Hunt walking away with both Best Actor awards.

Check this one out if you have never experienced the genius of these characters. And if you have seen it, make it a point watch it again. This is one story that never gets old.

Got a question or comment for Dom? Contact him at moviediary@comcast.net

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