Kevin Smith may have won the war a few weeks ago when he successfully appealed his new film’s rating from an ‘NC-17′ to a commercially viable ‘R’, but he’s apparently lost the battle. The MPAA has officially rejected the new poster for Zack and Miri Make a Porno for its sexually suggestive imagery, and caught up with Smith to get his thoughts on the de facto ban. “When you’ve got the word ‘porno’ in the title, naturally, the marketing materials are gonna be scrutinized more closely by the MPAA,” says Smith. “I understand they’ve got a job to do, but c’mon… this image isn’t that dirty; they’re both fully clad.” Hide the children, cup your privates, and have a look for yourself…

As if being the most sexually repressed country in the Western world wasn’t bad enough, our frigid neighbors to the north get both the joke and the poster. They’ll be displaying it proudly without concern for the welfare of little Canadian children. “I’ve always loved Canada and Canadians for giving us hockey,” says Smith. “Now, I love ‘em just a little bit more. For allowing tufts of hair.” As an unrelated aside, I had a Canadian girlfriend once, and I fondly remember her tuft of hair (and no, you don’t know her.)

Do you feel dirtier now that you’ve seen the poster? Did you catch the “coming soon” zinger? Do either Seth Rogan’s or Elizabeth Banks’ expressions look familiar? If so, which one?

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