The Interview

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  • Summary: Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show Skylark Tonight. When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves asDave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show Skylark Tonight. When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by:  Tess Hofmann
    Dec 12, 2014
    91
    Comedy is most effective when it’s taking a risk. Here, the directors took a big risk, and managed to finesse something shocking and novel out of the familiar Franco-Rogen dynamic without overplaying their hand.
  2. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    Dec 23, 2014
    75
    No matter what you think of dumb comedies, The Interview, thanks allegedly to Kim, has gone from disposable to indispensible cinema. It’s a must-see movie in the context of what has happened, and will spark a discussion of, in comedy, how far is too far?
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Dec 12, 2014
    50
    An intensely sophomoric and rampantly uneven comic takedown of an easy but worrisomely unpredictable target.
  4. Reviewed by: Steven Boone
    Dec 27, 2014
    50
    I didn’t laugh once, but there were several lines that, in context, got a wide fool-grin out of me.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Dec 18, 2014
    50
    The more desperately a comedy tries to be outrageous, the less likely it is to be outrageous -- or even just funny. And that's the fate that befalls The Interview, which offers a few moments of casual brilliance... but otherwise trips itself up in the threads of its contrived absurdity.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Dec 18, 2014
    20
    In the real world, a debate has been raging over what does and doesn’t constitute torture. In the movie world, there’s no debate; watching The Interview is torture from almost start to finish.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 160
  2. Negative: 40 out of 160
  1. Dec 25, 2014
    10
    Best movie I've ever seen in my entire life! I laughed through out the movie. James Franko and Seth Rogan are such a great team, especiallyBest movie I've ever seen in my entire life! I laughed through out the movie. James Franko and Seth Rogan are such a great team, especially when it comes to this movie. Expand
  2. Jan 11, 2015
    9
    You need to go into this movie with an immature attitude. If you do that, then I promise you then you will enjoy this movie. It has funnyYou need to go into this movie with an immature attitude. If you do that, then I promise you then you will enjoy this movie. It has funny references to other movies, James Franco and Seth Rogen are both fantastic in the film and I absolutely adored the "Firework" song in the movie.
    However, if you like sophisticated comedy then you most certainly will hate it. That's why a lot of people don't like it, But if you just embrace the craziness, then you'll be peeing yourself laughing.
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  3. Dec 27, 2014
    8
    Many of the jokes in "The Interview" and much of the comedy itself is pretty "juvenile": poop/ass jokes, contrived LOTR & Miley CyrusMany of the jokes in "The Interview" and much of the comedy itself is pretty "juvenile": poop/ass jokes, contrived LOTR & Miley Cyrus references, random dick & drug-related comedy, childish thrills/over-the-top acting, somewhat unnecessary gore, etc. 75% of the jokes are unnecessary, and admittedly only 25% of the jokes are truly NOT "lazy", "cheap", or crude. Yet this film is an OK, decent and funny comedy, around as good (a little better or worse than) other comedies. Then why is it getting mixed reception, you might ask? Well, think of it this way: all movies have certain target audiences the movie is meant for. Silent films, chick flicks, B-movies, biopic dramas, erotic XXX films, etc. These films aren't exactly meant to be enjoyed by the majority of the general public; they're most likely going to be enjoyed by a certain demographic. Likewise, "The Interview" is meant for a late teen/early adult public that likes R Rated comedies and satirical entertainment filled with pop-culture references (such as Family Guy or South Park). However, due to all the controversy and publicity this movie is getting (over NK's condemnation of the film and the hacks Sony has suffered from), a lot more people are seeing it than anyone could've once thought . People are seeing it to support free speech and as a sense of patriotic duty, to see WTF everyone is talking about, and to just be a part of the national buzz on the film. Now, is this a good thing for NK's current SUPREME LEADER? No. (He's kind of a mockery now--"that fat little NK dumpling is an international joke" according to one Metacritic user.) For freedom of speech? Debatable. For Sony? To be honest, I can't see Sony making much of a profit from online downloads and VOD purchases/rentals. But I could be wrong. Will The Interview change the way we watch movies? Maybe. Will it be the "firework" needed to cause a coup d'etat/revolution in NK? Who knows?

    But, was it good for this movie to be seen by so many people? Well, only certain kinds of people will enjoy it. Many will disregard The Interview as immature, stupid, childish, offensive and obscene. And to be honest, The Interview is a little bit of each of those things. (Rape and racist jokes; also the entire premise of the film will offend some!) But, if you're part of that SPECIAL little demographic audience "The Interview" was marketed/made for, then you will be able to look past its faults and have an enjoyable/fun experience. Is it the best comedy made by/featuring Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Franco? Probably not; it's not the BEST comedy ever. But it's entertaining, and that's all that really matters. It's liberating in its LMAO, FTW attitude. If you hate dumb popcorn movies, most of today's "crass" and "dumbed-down" comedies, etc., then DON'T WATCH THIS MOVIE. Even if you really want to know what everyone (classmates, co-workers, those Botox-loving news anchors) is talking about, I suggest you avoid getting swept away in the the hype-wave. DON'T get your expectations TOO high for this film.

    The Interview was meant to lampoon (parody) North Korea. Unfortunately, we don't get to see much of the "Hermit Kingdom". We should've seen more of NK's beautiful scenery (sarcasm, as it probably isn't that pretty--with the death camps, widespread poverty and whatnot). The Interview isn't a complete travesty of NK, though it probably could've been more...accurate? Some scholars are claiming it isn't very grounded."The North Korean side left much to be desired. There were quite a few cheap gag moments and 'bro humour' but I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy the hell out of them." "I think if they made more witty jokes instead of ass jokes, then it could have been way better. It was just silly and trivial. I mean, if Kim Jong-Un is smart enough, he should feel like an imbecile getting so worked up about it after seeing it. Still though, it did make me laugh." "Though it's unlikely to stand out as one of the shrewdest political satires of its time, it is a clever, unrestrained and—most importantly—sidesplitting parody that pokes fun at both a vapid media and one of the world's most dangerous dictators".

    James Franco is very burlesque and caricatural as host of tabloid "fluff news" talk show Skylark Tonight. His Dave Skylark is a very cartoonish character, with a personality with exaggerated character traits. Franco probably should've toned his performance a bit. Nevertheless, despite this, I believe he is still a funny character, though a bit of a poorly executed one at that. Seth Rogen helps keep things a bit more realistic between the pair. Randall Park, Lizzy Caplan, and Diana Bang also do even better performances. "The Interview is primarily at its best when presenting an unabashedly silly parody of North Korea, its dictator and the two" worst people possible to send in on a spy mission ever."

    I have reviewed Exodus Gods and Kings, THG Mockingjay Part 1, Arrow (S3), Gotham, AoS (S1 & 2) and much more
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  4. Dec 26, 2014
    6
    Moderately amusing.

    Franco is a weak point for me - while Rogen managed to pull off a genuine character (albeit a very Rogenesque one)
    Moderately amusing.

    Franco is a weak point for me - while Rogen managed to pull off a genuine character (albeit a very Rogenesque one) Franco pranced around being goofy. It just never solidified and the both fall into that "riffing" thing they seem to think is funny.

    It runs low on laughs and is very predictable but it's not a waste of time if you're looking for a basic comedy.
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  5. Dec 25, 2014
    5
    The Interview appeared to not be worth the controversy. This movie was funny at times but not like what I had hoped. It may be the controversyThe Interview appeared to not be worth the controversy. This movie was funny at times but not like what I had hoped. It may be the controversy that surrounded this film that will result in its downfall. Its not the worst movie I ever saw but it certainly wasn't worth all the drama. Of course its offensive, in the beginning it appeared to be fairly non-controversial but the ending will surly offend some people. I was disappointed with James Franco in this movie, it seemed like Seth Rogen took the beat seat although he was a co-writer, but his role was tolerable. James Franco seemed like he was playing himself and it made me lose some respect for him as an actor because he was a stupid douchebag for the whole movie. Obviously Sony has lost 44 million on this movie and will likely not come close to gaining it back with the film being in a limited amount of theatres. I wanted to like this movie but to me its a bust. It wasn't worth pissing everybody off. Expand
  6. Dec 29, 2014
    4
    Unsurprisingly, The Interview offers little more than a cheap attempt at a promising premise. As Americans, we find this subject and theUnsurprisingly, The Interview offers little more than a cheap attempt at a promising premise. As Americans, we find this subject and the subject of free speech fascinating--however, this film relies much more heavily on cheap humor than what could've been much more clever. Expand
  7. Jan 13, 2015
    0
    I'm so glad I didn't pay to watch this one. It's just more of the same gutter humor and shallow acting Hollywood is shoveling these days. TheI'm so glad I didn't pay to watch this one. It's just more of the same gutter humor and shallow acting Hollywood is shoveling these days. The pigs at the trough slop it up and so they keep making more of it. To be honest, If you know anything about what life in North Korea is like, then you would realize that this film is only a shade better than making a comedy out of liberating nazi concentration camps. Distasteful, in poor judgment, and par for the course... Expand

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