The Interview. 2014. Rated R. 112 very long minutes. Starring Seth Rogan and James Franco. Directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogan (because this masterpiece took not one, but two, people to direct).
Dave Skylark and producer Aaron Rapoport run the celebrity tabloid show "Skylark Tonight." When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to turn their trip to Pyongyang into an assassination mission. [IMDb]
Nicole: Cassidy, I want to get this out of the way and apologize profusely for suggesting we see this movie. I figured with all of the press it's been getting, it would be a good film for us to comment on. After having watched it, I'd rather forget all about it and make believe it never happened, but...here we are. Obligated to share our thoughts. I think I'll let you go first.
elizabeth: Truth be told, I did not sit through this POS to the end. As a woman, I was so insulted and I kept thinking while my disgust over the dialogue grew and grew and boiled over – could this be the movie that would cause us to be attacked again? Were people going to go to the movies and not come home? I get that there was major media hype going on over that knucklehead leader of North Korea and this movie’s theme, but when you live around 30 miles from where the Twin Towers went down, you might be a little hyper sensitive. What the hell were the writers thinking? My only hope is that their mothers will wash their brains out with soap.
Nicole: Unless everyone's been living under a rock, they know this is the movie North Korea got their pants all in a twist over. Why? Because the plot involves the CIA convincing an entertainment TV personality and his producer to "take out" Kim Jong Un during a live interview. Having sat through this crapfest, it astounds me that North Korea seriously thinks Seth Rogan and James Franco are legitimately threatening their leader's safety. Those two are too stoned half of the time to leave their apartments, never mind start a coup. What all this hoopla did accomplish was to turn a movie that probably would have only seen middling success into a successful box office venture.
elizabeth: Being a leader of a country does not mean you're a Rhodes Scholar. Look at our country’s choices. But none of them were mad men like Kim Jong Un. I think. Even if they changed the name of the leader and country, this is still one of the worse movies I have ever not watched to the end. So now I can say that I saw a movie for young boys whose testicles have not dropped yet.
Nicole: Look, I'm not averse to a crude joke or potty humor. I enjoy sophomoric humor on occasion. What I am averse to is a script that relies so heavily on crude humor and potty jokes because it's easy. Franco and Rogan need to go back to the school of Apatow and audit a few more classes before they make another movie. But, considering how much publicity this film has garnered, I'm sure we will be seeing another of their collaborations sooner than you can say "poop."
elizabeth: Oh crap. Say it ain’t so.
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