Throw in an overweight actor, a few pot smoking scenes, hundreds of “F-bombs” and you have the basic premise of any Seth Rogen film. Add threats of war from the world’s scariest dictatorship, and you have “The Interview.”
Unfortunately, the threats were far more interesting than “The Interview.”
The film stars Seth Rogen (the druggy from that one film we watched in high school) and James Franco (the other druggy from the other Rogen film) as the United States’ only hope of removing North Korea’s Kim Jong-un (Randall Park). Franco plays a narcissistic talk show host who has the rare opportunity to interview Kim in North Korea – and assassinate him with the CIA’s help.
Does the CIA really have no other option than to throw “Dumb and Dumber” into North Korea?
The film sounds ridiculous but could have made several clever jokes about America’s dominance over the world, North Korea’s dictatorship and overpaid media moguls. It could have been a decent satirical film, given the plot. Instead, Rogen and company opt for their traditional toilet humor film, complete with over five jokes about Kim Jong-un not being able to defecate.
See? It’s funny, right? Feces is still funny!
No, Seth Rogen. It’s not really that funny.
In fact, I never laughed during “The Interview.” Most of the film’s humor is completely forced. Franco’s character just feels out of place, and instead of being a stupid – yet loveable – anchor (see Will Ferrel in the first “Anchorman”), he comes off completely flat with jokes that any middle schooler could come up with. His only memorable scenes are when he befriends Kim Jung-un and establishes a total “bromance” with the supreme dictator.
Seth Rogen’s character is completely forgettable and won’t change your opinion about the actor. He has an awkward romance with Kim’s female aid that results in a completely pointless sex scene just because, you know, Rogen can do that. I have never been a fan of Rogen, and “The Interview” confirms my distaste for the actor.
The best part of the film is Park’s portrayal of Kim Jong-un who comes off as a goofy, loving dictator. Of course, he has several fits of rage, but “The Interview” regained my attention once Kim was introduced. His obsession with Katy Perry was funny, even if the writers beat this joke into the ground.
Overall, “The Interview” would have been Rogen’s most forgotten film had North Korea not threatened war over the movie’s release. The Sony hackers undoubtedly boosted the dumb film into the spotlight, which is the only reason I spent money on it in the first place.
Was it worth all the hoopla? Despite a few “North Korea is stupid” jokes and Kim Jong-un’s gruesome death, “The Interview” really is not that offensive. If anything, it is more offensive to any intelligent movie goer.
Jared Huhta is a senior history education major. This review reflects the opinion of the writer only.