The Interview(2014)

A review by Shlomoh Sherman
January 12, 2015

The Interview (2014)
Directors: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Writers: Dan Sterling (screenplay), Seth Rogen (story)
Stars: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Randall Park
Plot: 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.
Plot Keywords: assassination attempt | exploding helicopter - finger bitten off - dictator - crushed to death
Genres: Action - Comedy
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA):
Rated R for pervasive language, crude and sexual humor, nudity, some drug use and bloody violence
Country: USA
Language: English - Korean
Release Date: December 24, 2014 (USA)
Also Known As: A Entrevista
Filming Locations: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Box Office:
Opening Weekend: $1,085,515 (USA) (January 2, 2015)
Gross: $4,960,726 (USA) (January 2, 2015)
Company Credits:
Production Co: Columbia Pictures, LStar Capital, Point Grey Pictures
Technical Specs:
Runtime: 112 min
Sound Mix: SDDS - Datasat - Dolby Digital
Color: Color


The Interview editors say 'there was absolutely no censorship'  - January 10, 2015 12:35 PM, EST - EW - Inside Movies
The Interview editors say that there was no censorship on the final cut - January 11, 2015 3:45 AM, EST - Flickeringmyth

I don't know if you are aware that Kim Jong-un neither pees nor poops, and that he can converse with dolphins. I certainly didn't know that before I saw THE INTERVIEW. It was worth it to see the movie just to find out those interesting facts. But the bonus is that the movie is really funny.

I know some reviewers have panned THE INTERVIEW as being stupid and sophmoric. What these guys don't get is that the sheer slapstick comedy that runs through the film is supposed to appeal to the teenager in us. Saying that THE INTERVIEW is stupid and sophmoric amounts to giving the same criticism to the Marx Brothers movies. Yes, the Marx Brothers were not everyone's cup of tea and THE INTERVEW certainly won't be either. But that's ok. I and the two friends with whom I watched the film laughed our asses off. To tell you the truth, now we are the same as Kim Jong-un. With no asses it's hard to poop.

By now, everyone knows the main theme of the story; TV personality, Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapoport, are invited to North Korea to interview the dictator, Kim Jong-un, and when the CIA discovers this fact, the two are recruited to kill the dictator. But that's about all the general public who have not seen the movie know.

Kim Jong-un happens to be a big fan of Dave Skylark, host of the interview show known as "SKYLARK TONIGHT," and Kim can't wait to be interviewed and have the interview shown on American TV so that America and the world will know that he is not such a bad guy as everyone seems to think. Of course the interviewer is not supposed to ask about him killing his uncle or enslaving the North Korean people and making their lives miserable.

Then when the two arrive in Pyongyang, and they finally get to meet Kim, the story takes an ironic twist. Kim turns on the charm with Skylark. Obviously doing as much research as he can about Skylark, Kim engages him in talks about all the things that Skylark loves, including movies, music and sex. Ultimately Skylark is taken in by these antics and tells Rapoport that he cannot go through with the killing of such a jovial, good natured, and misunderstood fellow like Kim.

For his part, Rapoport is not taken in by Kim at all, and insists that Kim has to be killed for the good of the North Korean people and for the good of mankind. In the meantime, Rapoport has fallen for Sook, Kim's chief of security, played by the unbelievably beautiful actress, Diana Bang. Against her will, Sook is also captivated by Rapoport and attracted to him. Sook reveals to Rapoport that Kim indeed is toying with Skylark and treating him not kindly, but like a fool.

Now both Sook and Rapoport have to make Skylark see the real Kim and his contempt for people, and the madness of his own self-love. How they do this I leave for you to see. The clever and funny writing of Seth Rogen make it worth it.

You may like it or not. You may not laugh your ass off, or maybe just one cheek, but laugh you will at the utter over the top ridiculousness of the situations that all the characters ecounter in this farce.

Kudos to James Franco whom we have seen in many wonderful roles including two fairly old movies that many may not remember, BUFFALO66 and CITY BY THE SEA, not to mention the re4cent 127 HOURS.
Kudos to Seth Rogen who made us laugh in SUPERBAD, KNOCKED UP, and too many to mention.
Kudos to Lizzy Caplan, as the CIA recuiter, a talented and beautiful actress whom we know from her role as Virginia Johnson in the TV series MASTERS OF SEX.
Kudos to Randall Park as President Kim; they couldn't have chosen better. He is perfect. Randall gained 15 pounds for the part.
Kudos to Diana Bang, a new Lucy Liu as Kim's security chief, Sook. Look for her in future roles; she is a talented and beautiful lady.

Did You Know?

Randall Park gained 15 pounds and had his hair cut like Kim Jong-un in preparation for the role. See IMDB.COM for more.

(at around 16 mins) The train passing to the right in the second stock shot of a Chinese train is actually an double deck Intercity train from the Swiss Federal Railway, not Chinese. See IMDB.COM for more.

[first lines]
Korean Girl: [singing] Our Beloved Leader is wise. He is gentle, kind and strong. We wish him joy. We wish him peace. We wish him love. And the one thing in our time, we wish more than this is for the United States to explode in a ball of fiery hell. May they be forced to starve and beg, and be ravaged by disease. May they be helpless, poor and sad and cold! They are arrogant and fat. They are stupid and they're evil. May they drown in their own blood and feces. Die America, die.
See IMDB.COM for more

Crazy Credits:
At the end of the credits there is a picture of the dog Skylark is given by Kim Jong-un, dedicated to the dog he had a kid. See IMDB.COM for more

Yeah! - Written by Lil Jon, Sean Garrett, Patrick J. Que Smith, Ludacris, James Phillips and LaMarquis Jefferson - Performed by Usher Raymond, featuring Lil Jon- Courtesy of RCA Records - Lil Jon appears courtesy of The Orchard
See IMDB.COM for more.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Is this film responsible for the Sony Pictures Entertainment hacking that caused the leaks of five films?
Q: Is there a post-credit scene?
Q: Is "The Interview" the only movie to be cancelled?

Message Boards:
Recent Posts:
The True Smell Of American Hyprocrisy - vlad_dracula1983
Why does this non sense have a 7+? - futureknight-1
100 things we learned from The Interview - ghchamp96
That's right Sheeple!!! - notorious918
Let me try to figure this one out. American Patriotism is displayed - whitebricks
9.3??? R U nutz? - sailinalong1

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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Franco ... Dave Skylark
Seth Rogen      ... Aaron Rapaport
Lizzy Caplan ... Agent Lacey
Randall Park ... President Kim
Diana Bang      ... Sook
Timothy Simons ... Malcolm
Reese Alexander ... Agent Botwin
James Yi      ... Officer Koh
Paul Bae      ... Officer Yu
Geoff Gustafson ... Cole
Dominique Lalonde ... Jackie
Anesha Bailey ... Janet
Anders Holm      ... Jake
Charles Rahi Chun ... General Jong
Don Chow      ... Two-Fingered Man

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