It's recently been announced that Walmart stores in the U.S. will not be selling "Zac and Miri Make a Porno" but will be selling the romantic comedy "Zack and Miri"
Apparently, the shit storm that has bestowed Kevin Smith and his team just seems to never stop. From the branding of a NC-17 rating, though overturned, to the banning of the original theatrical poster, the small porno flick that could has been in a up hill since the beginning.
Now Walmart stores across the country will be filled dvd's with an alternate cover. One that has no mention to the word that is apparently so disturbing that it will make individuals go on a puppy-kicking spree. Instead the alternate covers will just be labeled as "Zac and Miri."
While Walmart believes that its keeping their stores a wholesome and family oriented environment, many including the films director, Kevin Smith believes that they are in fact metaphorically shooting themselves in the junk.
"Some Wal-Mart-er could buy it and think: 'Oh, Zack and Miri, looks lovely,' and pop it in and there's ... some pretty graphic stuff. I mean, at least with the word 'porno' in the title, you can kind of give people a warning about what they're in for," said the Clerks director.*
I'm actually going to go out on a limb and predict that there is going to be a pretty big backlash from this. I know theres many individuals who buy movies just based on how the front cover looks and I'm positive that there are going to be some people who will buy this movie with NO IDEA of what they have in store once they snuggle up on the couch with little Johnny and little Susie for family movie night.
On a side note, this has actually inspired me to actually buy my copy from Walmart because while its absolutely ridiculous, its still pretty fucking hilarious and I can't wait to get The Kev to sign my copy of "Zack and Miri."
*Taken from original article from The Canadian Press out of Toronto