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The Interview (2014)

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Critic Consensus: 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

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Cast

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
Sam Catlin
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 (134) | Top Critics (30)

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

Full Review… | August 20, 2015
San Diego Reader
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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."

Full Review… | January 9, 2015
BuzzFeed News
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What's wrong with The Interview is that it doesn't know how to be the singeing comedy it wants.

Full Review… | January 6, 2015
Grantland
Top Critic

Te best satire provokes and even outrages, and Rogen, Franco and Goldberg certainly succeed on that score.

Full Review… | January 1, 2015
Toronto Star
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This is what all the fuss was about?

Full Review… | December 26, 2014
ChristyLemire.com
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It's stupid. It's in bad taste. It impossible. I know all that. But Rogen's instinct to try anything for giggles and sticking it to dictatorial assholes is worth fighting for. Screw Kim if he can't take a joke.

Full Review… | December 26, 2014
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Interview

½

What a bold move to poke the tiger and expect some sense of humor from a dictator - and, let's just face it, there was no way it wouldn't be controversial, even if it's just a funny comedy with an adorable bromantic chemistry between Rogen and Franco like in Pineapple Express.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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 Skacto
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

½

I had no interest in wanting to see this film. Yet the ruckus around the film angered me, so I went out of my way to watch it. And it was just as terrible as anticipated.

Gregory Dark
Gregory Dark

Super Reviewer

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