Zack and Miri is a romantic comedy for people who like anal sex jokes. Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) are two longtime friends and roommates, just barely getting by in Pittsburgh. To pay the bills, they decide to make a pornographic film. Despite what they’ve promised each other, when they have sex, their relationship changes.

Rogen and Banks are two great performers and fun to watch. Some of the other actors, refugees from the Viewaskewniverse, are not. Coupled with Banks’ standout performance in W., I think I can say with confidence that we finally have a successor to Tea Leoni in the funny hot chick category. (Katherine Heigl was a false prophet.)

Because, at its heart, Zack and Miri is actually a sweet-natured story, I’ll forgive Kevin Smith the dumb humor. If this is what it takes so he can make his serious film, Red State, so be it. My favorite of his films is still Clerks. I don’t think he’s been able to get back to that perfect combination of smart funny, raunchy funny and sentiment. Maybe I just need to get with the times. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the present-day Kevin Smith — I love his podcast, Smodcast. I wonder if studio involvement has hurt his creative vision.