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October 31, 2008 |

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | October 31, 2008 |

Zack and Miri Make a Porno hits theaters today, and in advance of our review, I thought it’d be worthy to whet your appetites with ten classic moments from Kevin Smith’s growing oeuvre.

But before we get to those, first a plea. Several years ago, the weekend that Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back came out, I watched the film at a midnight screening in Boston. The theater was absolutely packed that night, and the whole time I was watching it, all I could think was: Kevin Smith has finally made it. This film is gonna be the one that breaks through, that crosses over a little, and finds mainstream success. It was a bittersweet feeling, like when your favorite band graduates from small clubs to arenas. You’re happy for them, but you also feel like they don’t belong to you anymore. I left thinking that after that weekend I was just going to be one of millions of Smith fans.

It turned out, however, that Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back debuted that weekend with only $11 million. It was Kevin Smith’s biggest opener, but it was far from blockbuster status. I realized, of course, that those midnight screenings in major cities were where 85 percent of Kevin Smith’s grosses came from. It was also strange to realize just about everyone I know has seen some or all of Kevin Smith’s films, and yet $30 million is the most any of them has ever made. The guy has got to be the most prolific, well-known filmmaker around to never have broken $31 million. And honestly, I just don’t get it. I do know that there are a lot of people out there who don’t actually like Kevin Smith (see, e.g., the interview comments), but even those people, it seems, have seen enough of his films to form an opinion about him. So why is $30 million his ceiling?

Anyway, that’s a really long, rhetorical way of saying: Go see Zack and Miri Make a Porno this weekend. Don’t wait to see it on DVD. And don’t say, “I’ll get around to it,” and then realize it’s already out of theaters before you decide to go. And I’m not saying this because the dude was nice enough to grant us an interview, nor am I saying it as a critic — this post is scheduled to run while I’m watching the film myself, so I don’t even know if it’s good yet (I don’t doubt that it is, but I’m not even reviewing the film for the site, anyway). I’m saying it as a fan, as a fan who’s asking his friends to go support a filmmaker that I dig the hell out of. Because I really do want to see that fat motherfucker succeed. Besides, most of you folks are the base — I’m just trying to rally you assholes into the theaters. Do it for Mewes, y’all.

Next hour, Prisco’s review. For now, here are 10 classic Kevin Smith scenes:

10. Jersey Girl — The Will Smith Scene

9. Clerks — Berserker

8. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back — Jay’s Rap:

7. Chasing Amy — The Speech:

6. Jay and Silent BobGood Will Hunting 2

5. Dogma - -The Boardroom Scene

4. Mallrats The Stink Palm

3. Clerks IILOTR vs. Star Wars

2. Clerks — 37 Dicks

1. Chasing Amy — Silent Bob Speaks

A Seriously Random List XI / Dustin Rowles

Lists | October 31, 2008 |

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