The Interview

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Unfortunately overshadowed by controversy (and under-screened as a result), The Interview's screenplay offers middling laughs bolstered by its two likable leads.



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In the action-comedy The Interview, 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 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. (c) Sony


James Franco
as Dave Skylark
Seth Rogen
as Aaron Rapaport
Lizzy Caplan
as Agent Lacey
Randall Park
as Kim Jong-un
Reese Alexander
as Agent Botwin
James Yi
as Officer Koh
Paul Bae
as Officer Yu
Charles Rahi Chun
as General Jong
Charles Chun
as General Jong
Don Chow
as Two-Fingered Man
Yun-a Song
as Korean Girl
Willem Jacobson
as Drone Pilot
Daniel Lim
as Guard #1
Harrison Lee
as Yo-Yo Boy
Jason Cox
as Paparazzi
John Coughlin
as Helicopter Pilot
Peter Neilly
as Helicopter Pilot
Yoosik Oum
as South Korean Scientist
Scott Seol
as Rebel Guard
Daniel Park
as Korean AD
Justin Lee (II)
as Captain Tsung
Don Lew
as Tape Operator
Andrew Chin
as Video Switcher
Jung Jin Park
as Video Switcher
Dan Sterling
as Tech Specialist
Fred Henderson
as News Anchor
Danny Shea
as Cab Driver
Tommy Chang
as Presidential Guard
Justin Cho
as Presidential Guard
David Kim
as Korean Guard
Adrian deLotz
as Chinese Bus Driver
Hong-Gill Cha
as N.K. DMZ Soldier
Sean Cho
as N.K. DMZ Soldier
David Ko
as N.K. DMZ Soldier
Jack Jekeon Cha
as N.K. DMZ Soldier
Stacey Turner
as News Anchor
Ben Schwartz
as Publicist
Alan Blumenfeld
as Israeli Prime Minister
Thomas Cadrot
as Fake Korean Soldier
Steve Chang
as North Korean Soldier
David Diaan
as Palestinian President
Paul Herbert
as Tech #2
Daniel Juhn
as North Korean (as Daniel Chun)
Nick Kaiser
as Studio Worker
Daeyoung Danny Kim
as North Korean Soldier
Paniz Zade
as Party Goer
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Critic Reviews for The Interview

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (76) | Rotten (72)

  • The suffocating level of redundancy on display kneecaps any legitimate chance the film had at embracing social satire.

    Aug 20, 2015 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • You should see The Interview. But is it worth the price of admission? Though I will forever treasure its punch lines ("Your butt-hole is ironic!") the answer, alas, is no.

    Feb 6, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • After a promisingly crass start, the film runs out of ideas and after some T&A material and violent slapstick, winds up in a mood of plumply sentimental solemnity.

    Feb 6, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Seth Rogen and James Franco topple communism with comic truth bombs in this jolly satire.

    Feb 5, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The Interview is marked by a true naiveté about international perception and what can be gotten away with in the name of "all in good fun."

    Jan 9, 2015
  • What's wrong with The Interview is that it doesn't know how to be the singeing comedy it wants.

    Jan 6, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Interview

  • Mar 23, 2017
    All on all a decent little comedy about a vainglorious celebrity hack getting the chance to interview a similarly vainglorious North Korean dictator. Filled with loads of little puns and jokes the main theme revolves around the human tendency to lie to get what they want, herein called honeypotting. This one is actually better than you might've been lead to believe.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2017
    The great scandal movie mocking North Korea and its leaders (but also media and the US quite a bit, too) is actually rather harmless. Sure, there is plenty of humor below the belt, as expected from the people involved and even a little bit of gore and violence in the end. But overall, no regimes will fall or wars will start over it. There are some genuinely funny parts, others are just silly and pointless. It's entertaining while missing out on hitting some really important points home.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 13, 2015
    It's just a nothing film. It's too nothing to even dislike.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 14, 2015
    Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg conjure up the ring from Mordor with The Interview. Well, not really. Launching in at 105 minutes, the film's story manages to gain some traction thanks to its concept. Yes, there are politics at play, but at the end of the day, this picture is a senseless comedy. The story meanders in the middle, probably making it longer than it really needs to be; however, finding out how the final act plays out makes this film watchable from start to finish. There aren't much laughs to be had with the over the top, offensive, and highly sexual humor. The violence is wacky and bloody. This further proves that this film isn't meant to be taken seriously. James Franco and Seth Rogen lead as they're supposed to. Randall Park steps in for a few good moments. Lizzy Caplan and Diana Bang get it done as the pretty faces in the crowd. The Interview has no shocks and surprises. It is what it is.
    JY S Super Reviewer

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