The Interview

The Interview
The Interview
  • R
  • 1h 52m
  • 2014
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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 leader 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 most unlikely candidates, to 'take out' Kim Jong-un.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Unfortunately overshadowed by controversy (and under-screened as a result), The Interview's screenplay offers middling laughs bolstered by its two likable leads.
San Diego Reader
Scott Marks

The suffocating level of redundancy on display kneecaps any legitimate chance the film had at embr...

June 25, 2017
London Evening Standard
Charlotte O'Sullivan

You should see The Interview. But is it worth the price of admission? Though I will forever treasu...

June 25, 2017
Peter Bradshaw

After a promisingly crass start, the film runs out of ideas and after some T&A material and violen...

June 25, 2017
Little White Lies
David Jenkins

Seth Rogen and James Franco topple communism with comic truth bombs in this jolly satire.

June 25, 2017
BuzzFeed News
Alison Willmore

The Interview is marked by a true naiveté about international perception and what can be gotten aw...

June 13, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Not-so-political comedy concentrates on vulgar jokes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Interview is a controversial comedy that was co-written and co-directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and stars Rogen and James Franco as a producer and talk show host tasked with assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Reportedly due to the movie's subject matter, distributor Sony Pictures was the victim of a huge Internet hack, which they were led to believe was the work of terrorists. Under pressure and responding to threats, Sony first opted to pull the movie but shortly after decided to release it in a limited theatrical run and on VOD. The extra publicity has made the movie quite famous, and parents should know that teens may very well want to sneak a peek. Those who do will be met with extreme foul language and strong sexual innuendo, as well as brief nudity (breasts, bottoms, etc.) and simulated sex acts. It also has several scenes of blood and gore, shooting, fighting, and explosions, many of which are played for laughs but are still graphic. There are also some scenes of drug use (Ecstasy) and brief drinking, as well as a reference to smoking pot.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:December 25, 2014
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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