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The Interview (2014)
So, this movie. You probably couldn't escape hearing about The Interview in the weeks leading up to its scheduled, then canceled, and then re-scheduled but limited end-of-year release in theatres and online in 2014. The news went viral: North Korean cyber thugs apparently tried to kill it by threatening terrorist-like reprisals against movie theatres and their patrons. Uh-huh, sure.
As expected, The Interview is a juvenile farce full of stereotypes, toilet humour and lewd sexual punchlines. Franco's Skylark obsesses over whether or not this head of state North Koreans apparently consider a god defecates. Rogen's Rapoport discusses female genitalia with the country's propaganda officer (played up by Vancouver-born Diana Bang), and later hides a large cylindrical container as a rectal suppository. Shades of Mike Myers' Austin Powers movies. Yes, the story moves along at an impressive pace, but the guts of this comedy tend to present little more than rehashed gags. yawn
Franco absolutely nails his role here as American tabloid television's gregarious simpleton pretty boy Dave Skylark. Sometimes funny, mostly groan-inducing, he says something stupid in virtually every scene he's in. Conversely, Rogen plays the comedic intellect whose ill-prepared launch into unfamiliar territory puts him in stupid situations that are, well, sometimes funny, mostly groan-inducing. Sure, there are a few real laughs in the first half hour, but if you're not a fan of Franco and Rogen, The Interview quickly grinds to a slog where even every supporting actor's efforts - including Randall Park's as Kim Jong-un - play out as half-baked stock performances for Franco and Rogen to rub up against.
Just as actual North Korean hackers likely had far better things to do with their time than spike priceless mainstream media hype over this so-called forbidden flick, most comedy lovers left unmoved about seeing Franco and Rogen's brand of surprisingly tired locker room humour on the big screen could probably ignore this predominately forgettable talent-waster without missing anything worth all the fuss. Reviewed 01/15, © Stephen Bourne, moviequips.ca.
The Interview is rated 14A by
the Ontario Film Review Board, citing occasional gory/grotesque
images, limited use of slurs, coarse language, sexual references,
nudity in a non-sexual context, illustrated or verbal references
to drugs, alcohol or tobacco, crude content, substance abuse,
embracing and kissing, sexual innuendo, implied sexual activity
and violent acts shown in clear, unequivocal and realistic detail
with blood and tissue damage, and is rated 13+ by la Régie
du Cinéma in Québec.
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