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Review: The Interview

The Interview
12.24.2014
8 10

PLOT: Dave Skylark (James Franco), host of a talk show, and producer, Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen), get an interview with Kim Jong-Un, dictator of North Korea. The CIA asks them to kill Kim. They become the least qualified men to ever assassinate. 

REVIEW: With all of the controversy surrounding THE INTERVIEW over the last few weeks, there is an incredible amount of support coming from the public who have yet to see the film. Some are likely expecting a biting satire of North Korea and politics in general while others are anticipating a terrible movie not worth their time of day. The verdict: neither would be correct. THE INTERVIEW is exactly what you would expect a movie pairing Seth Rogen and James Franco to be.

THE INTERVIEW is going to be compared to the last Rogen/Franco pairing, THIS IS THE END, which is the better overall movie but was more of an ensemble picture. Here you get the same round of celebrity cameos (including a great one from Eminem) and lots of pop culture references. Rogen and Franco continue their on screen bromance unabated, but THE INTERVIEW is completely James Franco's movie. Rogen largely plays the straight man to Franco's vapid TV celebrity who delivers numerous one-liners you will undoubtedly be quoting with your friends long after you leave the theater.

The movie itself is not the political powderkeg we have been led to believe. THE INTERVIEW is comprised of drugs, breasts, and a wide array of butt, dick, and shit jokes. There is not a whole lot of depth here beyond what is on the screen, but that doesn't make it any less of a hilarious couple of hours. I found myself replaying scenes multiple times just to make sure I heard the lines right. There are pretty impressive production values here as the movie looks like it could have been shot in North Korea, or at least what we all envision of the isolated nation.

The supporting cast here is fairly solid despite not getting too much to do. Lizzy Caplan as CIA agent Lacey and Diana Bang as Sook offer some funny moments but mainly exist as eye candy. Randall Park has the thankless job of playing Kim Jong-un as a demented man child and master manipulator, but pulls off the feat staying on even footing with Franco's Dave Skylark throughout the film. There are several moments where you truly cannot tell if he is a misunderstood man portrayed as a monster or really the devil we all assume he is. I'm sure North Korea and the real Supreme Leader would not like the way he's portrayed in the film but there is nothing here worse than what Trey Parker and Matt Stone did to Kim Jong-il in TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE.

Sony may have made a wise choice in releasing THE INTERVIEW on demand rather than a standard theatrical release as this is exactly the type of movie that has a strong shelf life on Blu-ray and works best with a bunch of friends and some drinks. I am sure we will be talking about tigers, fake fruit, and severed fingers for a long time to come. Is THE INTERVIEW a great movie? No, but it was never meant to be. This is a fun and laugh out loud comedy full of memorable and outrageous moments that will keep you entertained throughout the ride.

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9:49AM on 12/31/2014

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I downloaded the Interview, and while it did have it's funny moments (James Franco was over-the-top for the most part), it was somewhat subdued.
IMHO I would rate it at a 6.5 out of 10. It's funny, but not that funny, Rogen was solid, Park played Un's roll well, and the ending was kinda corny, but done well.
I downloaded the Interview, and while it did have it's funny moments (James Franco was over-the-top for the most part), it was somewhat subdued.
IMHO I would rate it at a 6.5 out of 10. It's funny, but not that funny, Rogen was solid, Park played Un's roll well, and the ending was kinda corny, but done well.
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1:31AM on 12/30/2014
JOBLO is filled with fanboys...which is COOL, but we need movie critics writing the reviews, this isn't an 8/10. I laughed a lot but its more of a 6/10
JOBLO is filled with fanboys...which is COOL, but we need movie critics writing the reviews, this isn't an 8/10. I laughed a lot but its more of a 6/10
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11:57AM on 12/26/2014
I enjoyed this more than I expected to, it was funny but it wasn't hilarious but I enjoyed the chemistry of the actors still. but I actually enjoyed the chemistry between Skylark & Kim Jong-Un more than Rogens character which surprised me. Kim Jong-Un was brilliantly played I think. .... is it wrong that out of they eye candy I was really having a thing for Sook more than Caplan? (And caplan is hot)
I enjoyed this more than I expected to, it was funny but it wasn't hilarious but I enjoyed the chemistry of the actors still. but I actually enjoyed the chemistry between Skylark & Kim Jong-Un more than Rogens character which surprised me. Kim Jong-Un was brilliantly played I think. .... is it wrong that out of they eye candy I was really having a thing for Sook more than Caplan? (And caplan is hot)
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4:32AM on 12/26/2014
I don't think who ever wrote this watched the movie.

Impressive production values? Green screens and British Columbia Canada really captured the essence on North Korea... smh.

As a fan of Rogen and a bigger fan of Franco this was a dissapoitment. Franco was really the only thing funny in the movie. Messy, confused movie.
I don't think who ever wrote this watched the movie.

Impressive production values? Green screens and British Columbia Canada really captured the essence on North Korea... smh.

As a fan of Rogen and a bigger fan of Franco this was a dissapoitment. Franco was really the only thing funny in the movie. Messy, confused movie.
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12:53AM on 12/26/2014
I dug it. Was definitely funny. That cameo with Eminem was fuckin' hilarious though. Lol
I dug it. Was definitely funny. That cameo with Eminem was fuckin' hilarious though. Lol
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12:00AM on 12/26/2014
Sorry, but this movie was below average. The jokes aren't really funny, and they become dull after about the first 40 minutes or so. Way way way over-hyped.
Sorry, but this movie was below average. The jokes aren't really funny, and they become dull after about the first 40 minutes or so. Way way way over-hyped.
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4:07PM on 12/25/2014
Wasn't as great as I had hoped. This is the end was much better. Still laughed quite a bit though. Park was the best part of the movie!
Wasn't as great as I had hoped. This is the end was much better. Still laughed quite a bit though. Park was the best part of the movie!
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2:16PM on 12/25/2014

I'll never understand the ratings here.....

They say it's an 8/10, but then say it's not a great movie. They say it's not as good as This Is The End, which was really funny, but hardly a classic. The movie they described is a 6/10, so why give it an 8/10 if it's not one of the best all-time comedies?

Seriously guys, just asking for a little consistency here.
They say it's an 8/10, but then say it's not a great movie. They say it's not as good as This Is The End, which was really funny, but hardly a classic. The movie they described is a 6/10, so why give it an 8/10 if it's not one of the best all-time comedies?

Seriously guys, just asking for a little consistency here.
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2:34PM on 12/25/2014
Haha, that is totally spot on. They'll write reviews where they do nothing but complain about a movie and how much it sucks and give it a "5" then they'll describe a movie as "solid" and only have one or two minor qualms with it and give it a "7" and then a week later they'll review a movie, like this that they admit has it's share of flaws and give it an "8."
Haha, that is totally spot on. They'll write reviews where they do nothing but complain about a movie and how much it sucks and give it a "5" then they'll describe a movie as "solid" and only have one or two minor qualms with it and give it a "7" and then a week later they'll review a movie, like this that they admit has it's share of flaws and give it an "8."
3:31PM on 12/25/2014
Great observation. This movie isn't even in the same stratosphere as This is the End. 5/10 or 6/10 at best if you got more laughs out of it then I did
Great observation. This movie isn't even in the same stratosphere as This is the End. 5/10 or 6/10 at best if you got more laughs out of it then I did
4:04PM on 12/25/2014
Who the hell would give an 8/10 to one of the best all-time comedies? O_o

If I saw one of the best all-time comedies, I'd give it a 10/10, or at the very least 9/10. It's not exactly one of the best all time if you find enough flaws to give it an 8/10.
Who the hell would give an 8/10 to one of the best all-time comedies? O_o

If I saw one of the best all-time comedies, I'd give it a 10/10, or at the very least 9/10. It's not exactly one of the best all time if you find enough flaws to give it an 8/10.
4:13PM on 12/25/2014
I think sometimes their rating doesn't match up well to the actual review, but a good 90 percent of the time I find that I agree with the good or bad rating/review more than I do with any other site. I always trust the reviews before I see the movie and if I See it after the review I find my opinions coincide well with there's. So I usually don't let it bug me too much
I think sometimes their rating doesn't match up well to the actual review, but a good 90 percent of the time I find that I agree with the good or bad rating/review more than I do with any other site. I always trust the reviews before I see the movie and if I See it after the review I find my opinions coincide well with there's. So I usually don't let it bug me too much
7:11PM on 12/25/2014
You are reading ONE review by ONE writer, not a review from the entire staff at Joblo. Thus, you will have inconsistencies. What can you deduct from this? Watch the godamn movie yourself and decide for yourself what you feel it is worth.
You are reading ONE review by ONE writer, not a review from the entire staff at Joblo. Thus, you will have inconsistencies. What can you deduct from this? Watch the godamn movie yourself and decide for yourself what you feel it is worth.
10:56PM on 12/25/2014
Maybe we read different reviews. If a movie is good enough to sit down with friends and rewatch it's at LEAST a 7/10. I don't always agree with the reviewers, but applaud them in their attempt to review and grade movies based on what they think the movie was trying to be. 8/10 means good to me. Not a masterpiece, but worth watching. And Alex Maidy's review basically reflects that.
Maybe we read different reviews. If a movie is good enough to sit down with friends and rewatch it's at LEAST a 7/10. I don't always agree with the reviewers, but applaud them in their attempt to review and grade movies based on what they think the movie was trying to be. 8/10 means good to me. Not a masterpiece, but worth watching. And Alex Maidy's review basically reflects that.
2:13PM on 12/26/2014
"I'll never understand the ratings here....."

I think it all boils down to the fact that we live in an age where some people honestly believe that an "average" movie rates a 7 on a 1-10 scale.
"I'll never understand the ratings here....."

I think it all boils down to the fact that we live in an age where some people honestly believe that an "average" movie rates a 7 on a 1-10 scale.
1:15PM on 12/25/2014

5/10 for me

Franco was horrible in this movie. While I was watching it I could imagine a comedian saying the same exact lines and being 100x more funny than he was. He's way over the top in his delivery of every single line. He almost killed the movie for me. Rogen is good and the actor who played Kim Jong-Un is very good. They are the only thing that made the movie worth watching. Franco made some terrible choices in this movie.
Franco was horrible in this movie. While I was watching it I could imagine a comedian saying the same exact lines and being 100x more funny than he was. He's way over the top in his delivery of every single line. He almost killed the movie for me. Rogen is good and the actor who played Kim Jong-Un is very good. They are the only thing that made the movie worth watching. Franco made some terrible choices in this movie.
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2:18PM on 12/25/2014
Franco makes terrible choices in most movies. He's had some good performances, but for the most part he phones it in or just is a mediocre actor.
Franco makes terrible choices in most movies. He's had some good performances, but for the most part he phones it in or just is a mediocre actor.
3:30PM on 12/25/2014
I've seen Franco better than this though. When I was watching it I started to think that him and Rogen purposely switched roles. Rogen would have been much better in the Skylark role
I've seen Franco better than this though. When I was watching it I started to think that him and Rogen purposely switched roles. Rogen would have been much better in the Skylark role
1:13PM on 12/25/2014

CLASSIC

So glad they had it come out it was funny from the start. The first 5 mins though were funny as fuck.
So glad they had it come out it was funny from the start. The first 5 mins though were funny as fuck.
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7:31AM on 12/25/2014
7/10 for me. I didn't expect much but it turns out pretty good actually. It's like Frost / Nixon with a dash of Pineapple Express.
7/10 for me. I didn't expect much but it turns out pretty good actually. It's like Frost / Nixon with a dash of Pineapple Express.
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6:05AM on 12/25/2014
Before all the ruckus regarding it's release, all I expected -- and wanted -- this to be was another goofy, irreverent, fuck-shit-butthole type comedy from Seth Rogen and James Franco. Sure, it's not high brow, but it's hilarious, and in that respect this movie is a huge success. I doubt the filmmakers wanted there to be much more than a few brief moments of genuine and impactful social commentary, and while they did bring up a few intriguing issues about North Korea AND the U.S., anyone who
Before all the ruckus regarding it's release, all I expected -- and wanted -- this to be was another goofy, irreverent, fuck-shit-butthole type comedy from Seth Rogen and James Franco. Sure, it's not high brow, but it's hilarious, and in that respect this movie is a huge success. I doubt the filmmakers wanted there to be much more than a few brief moments of genuine and impactful social commentary, and while they did bring up a few intriguing issues about North Korea AND the U.S., anyone who was hoping for the next Dr. Strangelove will be severely disappointed. I'd call this a worthy follow up to Rogen and Goldberg's "This is the End", and hope the two continue to infuse their meta-style dick jokes into these high-concept type comedies.

In regards to the release, I agree with what Maidy said, this is definitely a great rewatchable comedy that will do just fine, maybe even better, living online. I can see why North Korea wouldn't want it to be released, as even though they don't really manage to say too much about the state of global affairs in the film, some of the shit they pulled off took some serious balls.

Even if these type of movies aren't you're cup of tea, I'd say check it out for cheap online, if only to see how far they stretched their freedom of speech. And, for Franco's performance. He's so goofily over the top it's hard not to laugh. I'd give it a 7.5/10.
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6:00AM on 12/25/2014
I was going to hold off on renting this, but I trust the reviews here, so I will give it a rental.
I was going to hold off on renting this, but I trust the reviews here, so I will give it a rental.
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1:34AM on 12/25/2014
I thought the film was much better than I thought it would be. Lot of funny memorable jokes and lines with a great hilarious performance from Franco.
I thought the film was much better than I thought it would be. Lot of funny memorable jokes and lines with a great hilarious performance from Franco.
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7:32AM on 12/25/2014
I think James Franco is better suited with comedies like this rather than action movies, say Spider-Man 3. You should give SNL latest season a try. James Franco was a guest star but I can't remember which episode. He played almost every sketch and was pretty hilarious.
I think James Franco is better suited with comedies like this rather than action movies, say Spider-Man 3. You should give SNL latest season a try. James Franco was a guest star but I can't remember which episode. He played almost every sketch and was pretty hilarious.
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12:17AM on 12/25/2014
Wow! An 8?! Are you sure you're not being just a little biased given the current circumstances? Maybe? Because I've never honestly seen a Seth Rogen or James Franco (for that matter) movie go above a 7. Does Donnie Darko count? Idk. Just being honest.
Wow! An 8?! Are you sure you're not being just a little biased given the current circumstances? Maybe? Because I've never honestly seen a Seth Rogen or James Franco (for that matter) movie go above a 7. Does Donnie Darko count? Idk. Just being honest.
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1:11AM on 12/25/2014
Neither one of those guys were in Donnie Darko...
Neither one of those guys were in Donnie Darko...
1:17AM on 12/25/2014
Seth Rogen was in Donnie Darko....duh
Seth Rogen was in Donnie Darko....duh
1:19AM on 12/25/2014
Rogen was one of the bullies in it...
Rogen was one of the bullies in it...
8:11AM on 12/25/2014
haha... SnakeEyesOwns.. got owned.
haha... SnakeEyesOwns.. got owned.
11:19PM on 12/24/2014
"while others are anticipating a terrible movie not worth their time of day. The verdict: neither would be correct."

You can't say that that's not correct because some people might think it's terrible after they see it.
"while others are anticipating a terrible movie not worth their time of day. The verdict: neither would be correct."

You can't say that that's not correct because some people might think it's terrible after they see it.
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12:53PM on 12/25/2014
Nice one.
Nice one.
10:53PM on 12/24/2014
High 7 for me
High 7 for me
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10:38PM on 12/24/2014
Watched out today. 7/10 for me
Watched out today. 7/10 for me
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10:57PM on 12/24/2014
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11:18PM on 12/24/2014
You can edit your comments, so you don't have to reply with a correction. ;-)
You can edit your comments, so you don't have to reply with a correction. ;-)
1:51AM on 12/25/2014
Can't on mobile phone, which is the only time I'm ever on joblo.
Can't on mobile phone, which is the only time I'm ever on joblo.
12:55PM on 12/25/2014
??? I would never use Joblo on a phone. I just can't get enough of the Ads man! No, but really, I only use Joblo on the PC. Some sites just aren't meant to be used as phone apps.
??? I would never use Joblo on a phone. I just can't get enough of the Ads man! No, but really, I only use Joblo on the PC. Some sites just aren't meant to be used as phone apps.
2:21PM on 12/25/2014
Psyonikx, do you use adblock plus? I've never gotten an ad here....
Psyonikx, do you use adblock plus? I've never gotten an ad here....
10:30PM on 12/24/2014
Does seem like all the hullabaloo will make what was probably a mediocre movie into an ultimately big success
Does seem like all the hullabaloo will make what was probably a mediocre movie into an ultimately big success
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4:40AM on 12/26/2014
Gotta love it when the first comment is the best comment.
Gotta love it when the first comment is the best comment.
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