The Interview

December 24, 2014

James Franco and Seth Rogen in THE INTERVIEW.

Directed by: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen

Written by: Dan Sterling

Cast: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan, Randall Park

Rating: R (for pervasive language, crude and sexual humor, nudity, some drug use and bloody violence)

Running Time: 112 minutes

It is strange to think that a film based on two characters assassinating a living dictator is so over the top that it loses any tangible connection to reality–but that’s what happens in THE INTERVIEW. This makes the terrorist threats over a film that is so farfetched even more laughable. That said, the film does have its funny moments, but James Franco is so hammy and certain situations are so absurd, that the film dovetails into buffoonery rather than what (I think) it wants to be–a satire. This is the same problem I had with the previous Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg directed film, THIS IS THE END. However, under the current strange and surreal circumstances, this film will find a rather large and critical audience.

Grade: B-

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