The widely controversial film, “The Interview,” follows shallow talk show host Dave Skylark (Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Rogen) as they attempt to make a name for their talk show in “serious” news.
After finding out that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is a fan of the frivolous talk show, Skylark Tonight, host Skylark and producer Rapoport decide that there’s no better way to break into serious news then to schedule an interview with Un.
Once the news of Skylark’s interview goes public, CIA agent Lacy (Lizzy Caplan) approaches Skylark and Rapoport and turns their journalistic trip into a top secret mission; their goal is to assassinate Un in hopes that it will influence a “coup d’etat,” which would overthrow the North Korean communist government.
All around, the acting was well done, especially by the always hilarious duo of Rogen and Franco. But the story line, while funny, consisted of stupid humor and a predictable story line — Variety.com called it a “terror attack… against comedy.”
The movie’s offensive humor and plot imply that it was solely made to provoke; the movie arguably prompted the hack of Sony Studios by a group called the Guardians of Peace. All the buzz in the news made it a must-see movie, thanks to its controversial approach to attacking the North Korean regime.
Although the movie was senseless, it was a light-hearted and enjoyable laugh.
MPAA Rating: R for “for pervasive language, crude and sexual humor, nudity, some drug use and bloody violence,” according to the Rotten Tomatoes website.