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The Interview (2014)

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Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapaport 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 assassinate him.

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Cast

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 James Yi ... Officer Koh
Paul Bae Paul Bae ... Officer Yu
Geoff Gustafson ... Cole
Dominique Lalonde ... Jackie
Anesha Bailey ... Janet
Anders Holm ... Jake
Charles Rahi Chun ... General Jong
Don Chow Don Chow ... Two-Fingered Man
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The film they didn't want you to see. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Korean

Release Date:

24 December 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'interview qui tue! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$44,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,085,515, 2 January 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,105,175

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,342,632
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Sony was faced with an enormous backlash over their decision to cancel any release of the film after the hack and threats from North Korea, the first call that the company's leadership made, was to Google. The reason was that they wanted to find a platform to re-start the release that would not be susceptible to cyber-attacks, and felt Google could fit that bill. The Internet giant immediately agreed to put the film on their streaming services, and ignored angry North Korean threats. Soon afterwards, many other major online providers did the same thing, and the film began doing serious business right away. See more »

Goofs

(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 more »

Quotes

[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 A Very SpaghettiBicycle Christmas Collab (2014) See more »

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A Milli
Written by Lil' Wayne (as Dwayne Carter), Bangladesh (as Shondrae Crawford), Q-Tip (as Kamaal Ibn John Fareed) and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (as Ali Shaheed Jones-Muhammad)
Performed by Lil' Wayne (as Lil Wayne)
Courtesy of Cash Money Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Contains a sample of "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo"
Performed by A Tribe Called Quest
Courtesy of RCA Records
Contains a sample of "Let's Get Funky"
Performed by The Chambers Brothers
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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I'll give an honest review about this movie as an American
24 December 2014 | by ferloinvinnieSee all my reviews

Alright so let's get this out of the way. I'm giving huge props to Sony for releasing this movie after being threatened and hacked. With that being said my new found love for Sony has nothing to do with this review, I'm simply giving my opinion as if none of that ever happened.

Rogen and Franco. They're the modern day David Spade and Chris Farley, or at least they're getting there. They're on the same level as Ferrell and Reilly and Hill and Tatum. You get my point, they work well together...like peanut butter and......okay enough with the comparisons.

The movie is a satire, that's something you have to realize and accept before you ever even watch it. Do not go into it expecting it to be realistic or within reason. If you have a preconceived idea that the movie will be in the realm of realism then don't even bother. With that being said, the movie was well thought out in the way of being what it is and these two pull it off perfectly. Franco being the dumb one who's idiotically friendly to the wrong people and Rogen being the one with whatever sense of responsibility you could ever picture him having to begin with. The movie and their characters, in that sense, could be compared to their roles in Pineapple Express. If you liked Pineapple Express, you'll like this movie too because it comes with that same sense of humor that just works.

There were very few parts that were like "okay, is this going to pick up?" and there were parts (more often that not) that were near non-stop hilarious. There are some jokes and comments in there that I've never heard elsewhere that were purely brilliant and hilarious.

Sony spent A LOT of money making this movie and you can tell. It doesn't have that cheesy feel to it the way the "Scary Movie" series does, it's not that kind of satire or parody. The feel of the movie really was just like Pineapple Express. It's not overly done in a cheesy type of way at all. You really should watch it for yourselves, and not just because you want to give the big "f-you" to North Korea and its hackers-watch it because it's classic Rogen-Franco genius comedy.

7 out of 10, pushing 8 out of 10. Movies nowadays hardly ever make me laugh and I don't like stupid humor like Napoleon Dynamite or the cheesiness of movies like Scary Movie and I can say that this made me laugh like I haven't in a while.


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