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5 Plot Point Breakdown: Zack and Miri Make a Porno: (2008)

By Tony LaScala · July 16, 2012

Screenplay Genre: Comedy / Romance

Movie Time: 101 Minutes

1. INCITING INCIDENT

Best friends ZACK (Seth Rogen) and MIRI (Elizabeth Banks) go to their high school reunion where they find out the video of MIRI’s underpants has gone viral online. (00:13:13)

2. LOCK IN (End of Act One)

In order to pay all of their bills, Miri agrees to make a porno with Zack. (00:33:06)

3. FIRST CULMINATION (Midpoint)

After all of the productions, Star Wars themed sets and rented warehouse are torn down by a construction crew, Zack has the idea to make a simple porno in the coffee shop where he works. (00:51:10)

4. MAIN CULMINATION (End of Act Two)

After telling Miri that he loves her, she does not reciprocate. Zack quits his job and moves out. (01:21:10)

5. THIRD ACT TWIST

Zack comes back to Miri’s house to discover a naked LESTER (Jason Mewes) living there. He discovers that Miri and Lester are not sleeping together, Lester is just her roommate and that Miri does love Zack. (01:30:56)


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