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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:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In this movie, these twenty-two real-life stars, celebrities and historical figures are mentioned: Eminem, Rob Lowe, Bill Maher, Spike Lee, Adolf Hitler, Osama bin Laden, Matthew McConaughey, Katy Perry, Ron Howard, Kim Jong-un, Jong-Il Kim, John Kerry, Richard Nixon, David Frost, Nicki Minaj, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Joseph Stalin, former President Barack Obama, Sylvester Stallone, Miley Cyrus, Michael Jordan, Emma Stone and Ellen DeGeneres. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning, the globe showing a missile trajectory from NK to the US West Coast depicts an impossible route. ICBMs take a Great Circle route (shortest path). The misconception portrayed is important. Any NK missile would have to fly over the Aleutian Island archipelago, an area heavily defended by U.S. anti-missile technology. The erroneous route depicted would be much more difficult to defend, and thus exaggerates West Coast vulnerability. 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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The movie opens with the Columbia Pictures logo used until 1976. See more »

Connections

References Clifford the Big Red Dog (2000) See more »

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Firework
Written by Katy Perry, Ester Dean (as Esther Dean), Mikkel Storleer Eriksen (as Mikkel Eriksen), Tor Erik Hermansen (as Tor Hermansen) and Sandy Vee
Performed by Katy Perry
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Not quite up to the hype
25 December 2014 | by matjusmSee all my reviews

Saw this film recently and I must say that it doesn't quite live up to the hype that has been generated by all the talk of hacking into Sony.

The film is essentially a buddy comedy where a talk show host played by James Franco and his producer played by Seth Rogen head to North Korea to interview Kim Il Un. Before they go the CIA however gives them the task of assassinating the leader.

The movie plays on the opposites that are the characters with Franco's being a somewhat dumb, naive and hotheaded character with Rogen's being more level headed.

A lot of the comedy is derived on the interaction and dialog of Rogen and Franco but it is here that I find it doesn't always work. Franco's character is just far too over the top, a bit obnoxious even, and just gets on your nerves quite quickly.

The plot line gets pretty absurd quickly but that is of course to be expected. The film has it's moments and it is funny at times but I find it ends up being just mediocre and you keep wishing that Franco's character wouldn't speak as much.

Passable entertainment but nothing spectacular. 6/10


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