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The Interview: The Honey Pot and the Despot

January 2, 2015

The Interview movie poster

The Interview provides the biggest laughs of 2014. It swings for the fences, strikes out often and when it connects you laugh really hard. It is a ballsy film that blends dick jokes with political satire then reverts back to a man crapping himself.  In a day and age of repetitive sequels, remakes and prequels I love that this movie exists. It may not be the satire many were hoping for but I wasn’t expecting Dr. Strangelove from the guys who made Pineapple Express and This is the End.

The story revolves around Seth Rogen and James Franco interviewing North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. Kim is a big fan of their show Skylark Tonight and wants to do an “everything is great in North Korea” interview with them. The duo have been working together for ten years and specialize in getting Rob Lowe to declare he wears a wig (It started on The Outsiders) and eliciting a casual coming out from Eminem. Their show lacks substance and that makes them the perfect candidates to ask a violent despot questions about karaoke.

Rogen once again plays the straight man to Franco. Rogen longs to become a legit producer but stays under the influence of the certifiably crazy and occasionally stank dicked Franco. Franco’s Skylark is full-blown dumb/smart and you never know how many synapses are sparking in his brain. He is easily swayed by puppies, confuses Stalin with Stallone and loves making Tolkien references.

The Interview tank

Before they embark on their interviewing journey Lizzy Caplan’s CIA agent honeypots (wears a low-cut top and glasses) them into a plan to assassinate Kim via poison laced handshake.

The interview Lizzy Caplan

What she doesn’t plan on is that nothing will go as planned. Franco almost immediately ruins the mission because he hates the CIA issued bag that features the necessary secret pouches. So, he brings his Gucci bag and stuffs the poison into a gum wrapper. This leads to a North Korean man chewing on the poison. The death gum then forces Rogen to shove a metal object in his butt. From there fingers go missing, tigers die and Katy Perry is referenced many times.

Randall Park (Veep, Five Year Engagement) does a great job of making Kim Jong-un momentarily likable. His honeydicking of Franco is a highlight of the film as they play basketball, drive a tank and discuss the merits of margaritas. His Kim comes across as a dictator with daddy issues who sharts when things go bad. Park has such a likable screen presence it is easy to see how he could fool Franco. I can’t wait to see what he does next

The Interview is foul-mouthed, loud and lots of fun. It pinballs all over the place and the jokes come so fast you won’t be able to pick up on them the first go around. It has intelligence beneath the dick jokes and fits alongside This is the End and Pineapple Express in the pantheon of Rogen’s smart bromances featuring dumb people.

 

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. January 2, 2015 6:09 pm

    Good review. It’s not a perfect movie, but it’s an amusing one that I laughed at. Many times, mind you.

  2. January 3, 2015 2:16 pm

    Good review man. I had a lot of fun with this film 😀

  3. January 29, 2015 6:56 am

    Great review, I think this movie is underrated, I just loved it. By the way, the term is “honey dicking” in regards to Kim

    • January 30, 2015 9:56 am

      Good call! I switched it. I got my “honey” terms mixed up.

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