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The Interview (2014)

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Dave Skylark and his 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.

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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. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Their trip to North Korea just went south. See more »

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Rated R for pervasive language, crude and sexual humor, nudity, some drug use and bloody violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 December 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Una loca entrevista  »

Box Office

Budget:

$44,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,085,515 (USA) (2 January 2015)

Gross:

$6,105,175 (USA)
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Trivia

Seth Meyers' cameo was shot during post-production, since his talk show debuted a few months after this movie's principal photography. See more »

Goofs

There are several errors with the control room scenes both in North Korea, and in New York. Firstly Aaron seems to randomly jump in with camera cuts, even though he is a producer, and that is the job of the show's director, who in both locations is non-existent. Secondly, some of the graphics on the monitors appear to have no relation to the show, some look like open photo editors, and others have unidentifiable green charts on them that would be useless to anyone in the room. In addition, the graphics shown on these screens are several different varieties of "Skylark" different from the ones that the show used anywhere in the movie. The one set of screens that is accurate in the room is the screen displaying inputs, although the "titles I - IV" and "A" are all blank, color bars, or off the air. These screens are used to display the various camera angles from the studio, although there are no camera angles present anywhere on the screen. Which must mean Aaron memorized all of the cameras numbers and locations and is somehow constantly aware of what angles they have. Seven of the monitors show the same screen, and three of them are blocked by other monitors, rendering them partially useless. There is also no network clock in the room, which in reality would be used to start the broadcast correctly during its time slot. In North Korea, there is a joystick that Aaron uses to change the angles of the cameras, even though they are regular studio cameras that are controlled by the cameramen. When switching cameras in the North Korean studio, Sook seems to use a line of buttons with various camera numbers on them. However, again there are no monitors displaying these angles, and this process would actually be done using a switcher. See more »

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[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. Oh please won't...
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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 more »

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Referenced in De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #6.6 (2015) See more »

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I'm Afraid of Americans (Nine Inch Nails V1 Mix)
Written by David Bowie and Brian Eno
Performed by David Bowie
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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"That was a gift from Stalin." "In our country, we pronounce that Stallone"
25 December 2014 | by (Cincinnati) – See all my reviews

"The Interview" (2014 release; 112 min.) brings the story of how an entertainment reporter Dave Skylark (played by James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (played by Seth Rogen) get an opportunity to interview Kim Jong-un. the "Supreme Leader" of North Korea. As the movie opens, we see a young girl (maybe 7 or 8) sing a patriotic song for North Korean officials. The song turns hilariously into an anti-America rant. Soon thereafter, we see Skylark interview Eminem (another hilarious scene). When Skylark and Rapoport find out that Jng-un is a big fan of the show, they manage an invite to North Korea. The CIA then pays a visit and convinces the guys that they need to "take out" Jong-un. At this point we're barely 20 min. into the movie but to tell you more would spoil your viewing experience.

Couple of comments: at this point as much needs to be said about the events surrounding the limited release of the movie as about the movie itself. Let's start with the movie itself: first and foremost, I had heard and read mixed things about the movie, so when my (grown) kids and I went to see it on Christmas day, I had pretty low expectations. Turns out the movie is actually not nearly as bad as I had been led the believe. Yes, there is stupid "potty" humor and yes, it's all very much over the top. But there are zingers left and right that will have you smile if not laugh out loud. One of the many, many examples: when Jong-un and Skylark are taking a tour of Jong-un's place, at some point they come across a huge tank. Comments Jong-un: "That was a gift to my grandfather by Stalin". Replies Skylark: "in our country, we pronounce that Stallone", ha! And on and on. Randall Park as Kim Jong-un is outstanding. Kudos also to Set Rogen, who also co-rwote and co-directed the movie.

As to the limited release, I at first was horrified that Sony gave in to the threats, but felt better when the limited Christmas day release was announced. The movie played on one screen at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati, and it's a good thin I had bought tickets on-line beforehand, as the matinée screening was sold out (as were all other screenings, apparently). The crowd was really into it, laughing and hollering and whooping it up. When the end titles started rolling, the crowd even gave an applause. In all, this truly was a "movie event", and all three of us were very happy we were part of it. "The Interview" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


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