Zack & Miri Make A WHAT?: Movie Title Banned In The USA
Kevin Smith, auteur/director of such classics as the New Jersey Trilogy, “Clerks,” “Chasing Amy,” and “Mallrats,” has made a new flick, but how would you know? He can’t even tell you about it! “Zack and Miri Make A Porno” has been banned from advertising in 15 major newspapers and both network and cable channels. The LA Dodgers asked to even have the trailer stopped from airing during their games! Now, the movie is left solely to advertise in print, but it’s still a battleground. Weinstein Co., the film’s distributors, were puzzled when the Motion Picture Association of America called their ads “highly sexually suggestive and not suitable for general audiences.” What could be so offensive about 2D ads with no nudity, four letter words or defaced religious characters?
Still, they changed the photo to a simple pencil outline of a boy and a girl and added the tagline, “Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks made a movie so outrageous all we can only show you these drawings.” Then the critics and parents groups lashed back, claiming stick figures are confusing for kids and this movie was rated NC-17. So yet again, Weinstein was finally forced to change their print ads to “”Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks made a movie so outrageous that we can’t even tell you the title.” They’re really is trying to keep Silent Bob silent! Sigh, so much for the first amendment. We can’t wait to see what all the fuss it about when the flick comes out on October 31st.
Here a few other awesome movies with notably questionable titles, that luckily, slipped past the censors:
Octopussy Seriously? James Bond really can get away with murder! With a tag line like “Nobody Does Him Better,” it is no wonder the Bond character making hand job jokes has gone to a “Quantum of Solace.”
Amores Perros Maybe if the censors took Spanish in high school, or talked to 12% of the US, they would know that this title translates to “Love’s A Bitch,” which has an explicative. We’d like to do an explicative to its star, Gael Garcia Bernal.
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut At least one of the creators, Matt Stone, a Jew, doesn’t completely live up to the title, but the movie sure is just as great! The song about f-ing your uncle coined new forms of profanity.
Wieners This title is tongue and cheek, so even with SNL stars, both the censors and the general population didn’t notice it.
Snatch This Guy Ritchie flick was a cool caper, but it sounded like he was hitting the market below the belt. Well, if Madonna will marry you, you must have earned the title!