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Kevin Smith saves R rating on 'Porno' film

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Kevinsmith Filmmaker and slacker icon Kevin Smith has won an appeal to lower the rating for his comedy "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" from an adults-only NC-17 to an R. Gee, it sounds like a family film to us (from the director who brought us a man having off-screen sex with a donkey) "We didn't set out to make an NC-17 film. That's just commercial suicide," Smith told The Associated Press.

The film, due out Oct. 31, stars Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks as best friends and roommates who try to make a homemade porn flick to dig themselves out of debt. Smith said the MPAA ratings board objected to two sex scenes involving co-stars Jason Mewes and Katie Morgan. Smith said he trimmed those scenes as far as he was willing to go but was unable to convince the board to lower the rating. "They felt it was rather sexually graphic. My point is, it was comically graphic. All the sex in the movie with the exception of one scene is very cartoonish, very campy," Smith said. "It wasn't designed to titillate."

Smith said the title alone should be enough to caution audiences about the contents.
"Anybody not inclined to see a movie with `Porno' in the title is not going to see it, so it kind of regulates itself to a degree," Smith said. "And anybody who is going is not going to be surprised by what they see."

--Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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