The epic bro-mance, both on screen and off, continues with Seth Rogen (Neighbors, Superbad, The Guilt Trip) and James Franco (Pineapple Express, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Lovelace) in the action comedy The Interview. Since this just released film could be found on instant streaming I decided to give you a double feature this weekend! Yaaay!
I love these guys, both of them and when they get together it’s guaranteed a good laugh which is exactly what we got here with their latest film. In The Interview we have James Franco playing a Dave Skylark a tabloid TV reporter who interviews celebrities on his show ‘Skylark Tonight’ and his best friend and producer Aaron Rapaport played by Seth Rogen. After their one millionth episode and a high-end party to celebrate it Aaron is feeling just a little down in the dumps. He doesn’t want to do tabloid news anymore he wants to do ‘real’ news cover stuff that really matters. When he confides this to his good buddy Skylark the over excited host does a little digging of his own and finds out that none other than Kim Jong-un played by Randall Park (Sex Tape, The Five Year Engagement, Dinner for Shmucks) is a big fan of their show! So they try to set up an interview with him and lo and behold! They succeed!
Once the big news hits the air Dave and Aaron soon find the CIA at their door. Agent Lacey; Lizzy Caplan (Cloverfield, Bachelorette, Mean Girls) and Agent Botwin; Reese Alexander (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, Horns) inform both men that while they will be alone with Mr. Jong-un they would greatly appreciate it if they could ‘take him out’. And there you have it! The comic hook. The CIA asking for the least qualified guys to assassinate the North Korea’s Supreme leader.
So you’ve seen Superbad, you’ve seen This is The End, you’ve seen Pineapple Express, you already know what to expect. The intense bro-mance friendship that’s just borderline gay. Rogen being the frantic voice of reason while Franco voices his concerns or ideas that are just bat-crap crazy! The sexual innuendo is plentiful and there is always just the perfect blend of action and comedy to make the film work.
This film gained a 52% on Rotten Tomatoes. Which considering it’s a comedy is very generous of RT.
Rated R for pervasive language, crude and sexual humor, nudity, some drug use and bloody violence. Don’t take the kids or they will learn new words. For reals.
Now I know you’ve heard the drama between North Korea and Sony in regards to releasing this film. The whole banning from theaters thing that never really took. It has everyone rushing to see this film almost for that reason alone. Hey, that’s alright. I applaud it. This movie is great and after those hectic holiday’s everyone could use a good laugh I’m sure. But don’t go in there thinking just because the movie had some controversy with a dangerous country this changes anything about the film. Go into that theater knowing that you’ll be seeing just another Seth Rogen film. Nothing more. Nothing less. And if you’re in for the laughs, that’s exactly what you’ll get.