The Interview: Worse than Kim Jong-un’s Haircut

Henry Adams, Writer

From reported concentration camps to threats of nuclear war, North Korea has been all over the headlines. Recently, another controversy regarding North Korea has sprung up- That of the 2014 comedy movie “”The Interview”.”

“”The Interview”” follows television host Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapoport, played by James Franco and Seth Rogen. Upon discovering North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of their celebrity gossip show, they land an interview with him to be broadcast on international television, only to be asked to assassinate him by the CIA.

After the announcement and initial trailers for “The Interview”, a series of hackings were carried out on Sony, the producers of “The Interview”. Multitudes of important documents were leaked, including scripts and the personal information of employees. North Korea claimed responsibility for this hack, and threatened a “resolute and merciless response,” unless the US banned the film entirely. North Korean spokespeople have also implied “a series of 9/11-like attacks” if “The Interview” was shown in theaters. “The Interview” was released 24 December 2014, available to stream from YouTube and Google Play for $5.99. However, it was not available in large theaters such as AMC or Regal, but independent film houses like Cinetopia have decided to show the film.

Despite being regarded as “a truly savage film” and “consistently, undeniably entertaining,” “The Interview” is a pile of garbage, and should be placed in the garbage. It currently has a 7.2 on IMDb, which in my opinion is six points too high. Full of potty humor, heavy handed “adult” humor, and cringe-worthy one-liners, what is supposed to be a political commentary feels instead like 20 middleschoolers got together during a Red Bull-fueled sleepover to write an edgy comedy.

Now, I’m not opposed to childish humor. I love a good poop joke. However, “The Interview” feels like a series of horribly forced, “look how edgy and wacky we are” jokes. In the newly-forged field of purposely-awkward-to-be-funny films, “The Interview” tries and fails, with unfunny awkward moments that left me cringing more than watching. For example, there’s a scene where CIA agent Lacey (Lizzy Caplan) is explaining to Skylark and Rapoport that the CIA wants them to take Jong-un out. In a totally wacky misunderstanding, the two unexpecting heros think she means take him out to dinner! What?!? You goofs. She means kill him ha ha ha!

I had the pleasure of watching this “film” with juniors David Rollins and Ryan Moll. Since it was $5.99, we each paid $2. Despite only paying 17% of what I would have paid to see the movie in a theater, I was still disappointed. If I had seen this movie for free, I still would have felt ripped off. After the cringy, awful, edgy intro, we decided to tally how many times we genuinely laughed at a joke. Every joke fell flat or simply wasn’t funny in the first place. Within the multitude of hilarious sex jokes, totally kooky acting and relatable pop culture references, we broke a smile maybe once or twice. The paper we used to track laughs ended up being unmarked.

“It was total crap,” said Rollins. “Complete waste of two bucks.”

“Do not watch this movie,” said Moll. “”The Interview”? More like The Interpoo.”

What seems like a funny, lighthearted political assassination movie turned out to be more along the lines of a middle-school, edgy, waste of time. Don’t even watch this movie to spite North Korea, as it will more likely than not make you hate America more than it makes you hate DPNK.