Kevin Smith's Banned-in-the-US 'Porno' Poster: Exclusive first look!

Zachmiripornposter_lYou know what’s so special about this, the first poster for Kevin Smith‘s new flick, Zack and Miri Make a Porno (due out October 31st)? It’s not that the one-sheet drops just before the movie’s premiere at the Toronto Film Festival (which it does), or that Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks look so surprised, or that the chocolate-mint color scheme is making me a little hungry for Friendly’s. No, it’s that you’ll only see this poster in Canada.

Even after winning an appeal to overturn Porno‘s NC-17 rating, Smith says the MPAA won’t give their blessing to the image shown here—which is eyes-only for our neighbors to the north. "When you’ve got the word ‘porno’ in the title, naturally, the marketing materials are gonna be scrutinized more closely by the MPAA," says the director. "I understand they’ve got a job to do, but c’mon…this image isn’t that dirty; they’re both fully clad."

We can just add this to the long list of things we have Canada to thank for, like William Shatner, Michael J. Fox, and the fittingly monikered Peter North. "I’ve always loved Canada and Canadians for giving us hockey," says Smith. "Now, I love ‘em just a little bit more. For allowing tufts of hair."


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  • Raven_Moon

    I can’t say that I love the poster, but it’s not that bad. Honestly, I’m more offended by poster for “horror” (torture porn) films like Saw & Hostel.

  • saybo

    Seriously? The MPAA is such a joke sometimes…

  • Carlos

    Wow. Because the word “Porno” is in the title it’s banned, but the MPAA doesn’t mind images of violence, murder, blood or horror. Ridiculous.

  • John

    The poster is banned because you see the top of their heads at the others pelvic area. Think about it.

  • Nick

    I never understood people’s lines with violence vs. sex. Saw can have broken teeth, and real blood on it but normal sexual activity is banned?

  • paco

    wasnt there a poster just like that for that jessica alba and dane cook movie ?

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  • Lucy

    I find it amusing that Americans are so goofy about sex. Here in Canada we get the Tudors uncut at 9pm on the CBC.

  • Delon

    I find Seth Rogen unbearable! I wish he completely disappeared. Thoroughly and utterly unbearable!

  • Richard W. Narlian

    The WORLD needs MORE sex-and NO Dane
    COOK.
    Don’t you wish they made a retroactive
    birth control pill?

  • BrandonK

    Nick, it’s not like it’s even actually showing sexual activity…it’s just suggesting it. The MPAA is definitely screwed up.

  • Nonnie Mus

    We’re violent psychopaths down here in the good ol’ US of A, but at least we’re not fornicating perverts! Oh, wait . . .

  • Tom Strong

    I saw the trailer for this and it is the most unfunny thing I’ve seen all year. Kevin Smith has no talent.

  • Greg

    So would the same poster be banned in the U.S. if the title of the movie was changed to “Zack and Miri get a piggy-back ride” ?

  • go MPAA!!!

    Nobody would have cared about this poster. By banning it, they’ve assured it gets a featured spot on movie websites everywhere, and an extra-long look by everyone who will now be curious to see why it’s banned in the USA (evidently the first amendment can s*ck the MPAA’s b*lls). You’d think these nutty right-wingers who want to ban everything that their prudish mini-brains can’t process would have learned a lesson from the record stickering fiasco in the 80s (remember they’d put that “profanity” label on the record that guaranteed the artist sells a million extra copies… so much so that artist started going out of their way to make sure they got stickered?). Oh well, just goes to prove what i’ve always said, conservatives are mentally retarted.

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