'Zack and Miri Make a Porno' Retitled for Prude Regions

October 16, 2008

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A month or so ago, Kevin Smith got into some trouble with the MPAA when his posters implied fully-clothed oral sex, leading to a marketing switch that produced a series of stick figure-based ads that proclaimed they had "made a movie so titillating that we can only show you this drawing."

Well, apparently the title has also been deemed too titillating for general audiences, and several media outlets have decided not to run ads because the word "porno" evokes thoughts of pornography, which is not allowed in our society. From the AP:

Among those refusing to carry ads are about 15 newspapers and several TV stations and cable channels, Faber said. Commercials for the film during Los Angeles Dodgers games on Fox Sports were dropped at the team's request after some viewers complained, said Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch.

One complaint came from a man watching a game in September with his young son, who did not understand a suicide-squeeze bunt the Dodgers tried, Rawitch said.

"He was explaining to his son what a squeeze bunt was. Commercial break, the ad comes on, and the kid asks, `Dad, what does porno mean?'"

Good point. Movie titles (and everything else) should, first and foremost, be concerned with not forcing parents to explain anything that might be slightly uncomfortable. Here are some other titles to avoid, Kevin Smith:

- Zack & Miri Are Growing Hair in Funny Places
- Zack & Miri Have a Frank, Candid Discussion on Drugs
- Zack & Miri Both Still Love You, They're Just Living in Separate Apartments Now
- Zack & Miri Can't Afford to Pay for Your College Anymore. You Know, the Whole Economy Thing.
- Zack & Miri Re-Enact Slavery, the Holocaust, Segregation, and Other Difficult-to-Justify Inequalities
- Zack & Miri Were Accidents
- Zack & Miri Have Too Many Uncles
- Zack & Miri Grandma's Dead
- Zack & Miri Yes, That Noise Is Your Father Sobbing in the Shower
- Zack & Miri Sometimes Babies are Born as Angels

Did I miss any? Make sure to leave them in the comments (marked NSFW, obviously).

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