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But the North Korea scenes are often very funny, with many of the jokes coming at the expense of the fish out of water visitors.
It is in its way a modern Hope and Crosby comedy with gross out gags and no songs.
Broadly funny and well acted, the film lands some well placed jabs more often at the expense of American values than North Korean politics.
And thats why its a pity that the film is bereft of satiric zing, bludgeoning the laughs with a nonstop sledgehammer of bro humor.
Though its unlikely to stand out as one of the shrewdest political satires of its time, is a clever, unrestrained and most importantly sidesplitting p ..
If youre curious, the movie that has North Korea so upset is genuinely amusing, if flawed in the length department.
We dont have a better plan youre going to have to stick it up your ass.
Not all the jokes land, and some of the tastelessness may inspire groans.
But after a promisingly crass start, the film runs out of ideas and after some T&A material and violent slapstick, winds up in a mood of plumply senti ..
Park shifts Kims personality between egomaniacal dictator and absurdly hip and sensitive man with expert timing, and is an all around standout of the ..
(Not for nothing is the films most memorable joke the creation of the term honeydick.)
But no matter what you think of dumb comedies, The Interview, thanks allegedly to Kim, has gone from disposable to indispensible cinema.Its a must see ..
Considering how its inflammatory ambition and scattershot execution put it closer to Spies Like Us than The Great Dictator on the political comedy spe ..
Real life geopolitical blunders aside, The Interview generally hits its marks.
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Its not quite Team America: Part Two, but it comes from the same corrosively funny place.
And therein lies the genius of The Interview: It isnt just the most sophisticated and beautifully shot of Rogens star vehicles, its also the most gidd ..
Its far too broad and far too crude.But one thing is absolutely certain: The film is not a dangerous weapon, or a tool for anti Korean propaganda.
Some of the humor works in a throw everything at the wall and see what sticks kind of way, but most gags drag on for such an uncomfortably long stretc ..
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If you set up as provocative a premise as do the makers of The Interview, you ultimately have to deal with all its implications; lets just say that wh ..
Far more lame and boring than incendiary, The Interview is not very clever, funny or well made.
Its a totally silly, juvenile movie delivered by some very goofy, mischievous guys.
As was the case with This Is the End, The Interview suffers from a decidedly erratic narrative that fares best in its opening stretch with Rogen and G ..
Its all quite silly and enjoyable, except for the graphic violence in the film.
Characterizing it as satire elevates the creative execution of the films very silly faux assassination of North Koreas leader Kim Jong Un far beyond w ..
The mismatch of ideas doesnt work against the movie too much, considering that Dan Sterlings screenplay is itself a hodgepodge of comic ideas.
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Its mission is merely to make audiences piss themselves laughing.At that it succeeds.
Christmas Day, thousands of Americans filled theaters to see a Japanese corporations movie by a Canadian director mocking the dictator of North Korea. ..
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You dont have to be a humourless fascist to heed the maxim that brevity is the soul of wit.
Like their affable, ignorant characters, Rogen and Franco seem in way over their heads with The Interview.
Continuing their quest for rude and crude entertainment, the pair remains fixated on cursing and bloodshed with their follow up, working to hit high p ..
If they shake hands with Kim, the poison will be ingested and theyll have 12 hours to get out of Korea.Easy peasy.
It is this satirical emasculation of their Supreme Leader that should give Pyongyang the greatest cause for concern.
The film itself is strangely misconceived, tasteless and only very intermittently funny.
Rogen and Goldberg never get a sustained comic rhythm going, and they bungle even some of their better gags.
Anyone seeing it for reasons of patriotism deserves our heartfelt thanks.
Though The Interview, directed by Rogen and Goldberg, never quite manages the duos calibrated blend of sincerity and over the top crudeness, it nevert ..
What weighs down The Interview is the bane of so many modern American comedies: youve got smart, funny people who seem to think that whatever they mak ..
The theme tries to drive home that words are more powerful than nukes, and many of the ideas work, although it doesnt play as funny as it should, the ..
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This Is The End at least had a kind of random, unpredictable energy.But this ones a plodder.
Rogen and Goldberg can do great juvenile banter ludicrous and rapid fire but it cant carry an entire movie, which is why The Interview throws in carto ..
Hate to say it, but this film aint half the satire it could have been.
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(This results in a predictable bout of slapstick and anal intrusion jokes.)
It also seems as though Franco and Rogens chemistry is wearing thin.
A silly, sloppy and sophomoric slob comedy...to paraphrase Shakespeare, its much ado about very little.
Whether it is truly funny, outrageous or touching is obvious: It is not.
But the humour is mostly crotch level and initial bonhomie gives way to tiresome violence in a largely joke free finale.
Bad taste jokes and a goofy bromance follow in an uninspired, unfunny romp.
As they did in This Is the End, their previous effort as writers and directors, Rogen and Goldberg show a surprising affinity for big special effects ..
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Maybe you will love The Interview if you can ever see the movie as much as some people hate or fear it.
The double act gets worked pretty hard this time out and the result is a film thats funny in spots with a few touches of mild political satire but sel ..
But The Interview takes the idea to extremes while chortling complacently at its own nerve.It says something about the bubble that Hollywood content c ..
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As it turns out, Goldberg and Rogen navigate this minefield of prurient humor and political incorrectness with aplomb, delivering a high concept spy t ..
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Its a simultaneously dark and sweet comedy, and never is the movie at odds with itself.
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This undisciplined frat bro comedys accumulation of innuendos, boner jokes, gay jokes, and gags that tread through racist and misogynist territory wor ..
The Interview flirts with some fascinating moral and societal subtexts but uses unrelated jokes as a crutch.
If you treat me nice, Im good..The film not only spoofs this kind of attitude but does so with style.
Burning Down the House Dont Blame The Interview for Starting World War III The Interview is a mediocre comedy that will go down in history for a pleth ..
I never knew where Freedonia is.But I never missed Grouchos point.
The Interview is one of the most important films ever made whether you like it or not.But is it any funny
Its the full length movie equivalent of shouting politically incorrect terms on 4chan.
But despite a few slow spots and a couple of groan worthy gags youll probably still laugh a lot.
Did Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer make this movie.Surely it wasnt the guys behind some of our best comedies in recent years.
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Francos ego centric buffonary is hugely enjoyable, whilst Rogens straight man is a great foil, and Randall Parks Kim is a joy to watch.
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However, this turns out to be a movie that just doesnt live up to its reputation.The Interview will be looked back on as a Hollywood comedy of huge si ..
But the movie remains an amusing, awkward combination of absurd and real.
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At its heart, the film is much more about friendship and loyalty than it is about killing a foreign leader or even making fun of one.
Its hardly incendiary but if youre looking for chuckles you could do a lot worse.
But in its second half, the script begins to repeat its less funny jokes, wallowing in smutty gags and excessive violence.
The Interview is full of funny asides like that, reminding us that what were really watching is a story about how political debates have been reduced ..
Never has less of a film had more of an impact on the studioand the nationthat produced it.
Like being ordered to have long hair and smile on stage, but wondering how to smile with a trombone in your mouth.Or repeatedly told youre not good en ..
By weaponizing infantile, often bizarre humor the film has assured itself a divisive place in history, but those attuned to its comic sensibilities wi ..
Its a fantastic combination of vulnerability, silliness and pure evil.
If you missed the payoff the first time around, dont worry: the sledgehammering duo are skilled in the art of echoing every phallic aside.
And yet the funniest part isnt its cajones, or even that a film about idiots attempting a political killing is a dumb comedy that may have sparked an ..
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It was a good movie!.He probably hasnt made that joke much lately.
The Interview is ultimately a toothless, brainless comedic misfire thats low on laughs, wit and clever satire.
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Kinda funny but never outright hilarious, way too long and for no good reason.
Who wouldnt fall in love with this guy.Its a performance in line with comedic depictions of dictators as impish children throughout film history, and ..
But in the hands of lesser talents its overwrought and underscripted; yet another modern misfire that forgets that good film comedy has the same tight ..
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It sucks ballsa judgment its dick and turd obsessed makers would probably relish.
Stir in anal jokes (a level shovelful) and gross out gore and top with a shock climax that should be a shoo in for the Worst Taste in a Black Comedy ( ..
This Is the End was funny in a gleefully disreputable way, but it also announced a creative climax.
Well, this is awkward.I saw a movie before I was supposed to, and now its a movie that isnt coming out.
Great comedy can take aim at any subject, and make us feel terrible for laughing when it hits the mark.
Pineapple Express succeeds on their ability to subvert action movie tropes like a character who suffers debilitating injuries but manages to keep goin ..
Its that Rogen and Franco dont know when to stop riffing, mugging and killing decent jokes with repetition.
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Its amazing how good actors can raise even the lowest of low brow humor.
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All this attention in turn begs the question: is this movie really worth all the fuss
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Instead, its bursting with gross stereotypes and boring potty humor.
And the filmmakers do pull off a climax that is not totally predictable, while allowing for a tank vs. helicopter set piece that could be an homage to ..
This movies CIA has no idea what it would mean to take out a dictator (and the filmmakers dont seem to care that that assignment would resonate beyond ..
(America doesnt come out of the film looking any better than its enemies.)
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More importantly, youll walk out remembering the relatively ambitious political satire (dare I call the ending wish fulfillment) more than the lazy to ..
Much of the comedy just hangs on the friction between Dave and the put upon, mission oriented Aaron.This means too much depends on the onscreen chemis ..
Some of the best directed and performed scenes of the film are Skylark and Kims bonding session that devolves into a rap video with guns, booze and ba ..
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Its just stupid enough that some things are funny. Sadly, it isnt smart enough to realize that other things arent terribly funny and that an opportuni ..
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Yes, The Interview chalks up a few laughs.But, it hardly seems worth all the commotion.
If we had all met our fate over The Interview, war really would be indefensibly senseless.
The Interview, conversely, is little more than a sloppy air kiss blown lazily under the banner of free speech.
If you can make it through the first fifteen minutes youll be rewarded with a movie thats very funny, emotionally deep and has more, perhaps, to say a ..
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Whats not lined up right here is what little satirical success the film can claim.Its better when its making fun of American media than it is at under ..
But in the end, The Interview just isnt as funny as the filmmakers This Is The End and didnt deserve all the attention it received leading up to the f ..
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Its important to note that the movie is not so much a political satire as much as it is the typical Rogen Franco pot filled film weve come to expect.
But you decide for yourself If the idea of a dictator in a distant land shitting themselves might make you laugh, go to the movie for the movie, not t ..
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This slapstick comedy starts off strong but at nearly two hours, two thirds of the film feels like a long, boring and overdone SNL sketch.
Blake Edwards, the director and screenwriter for the Pink Panther films, illustrates comedy done with intelligence.Edwards started off as an actor in ..
A movie composed almost entirely of dick jokes, ass jokes and bromantic homoeroticism was the cause of an international incident.In retrospect, it all ..
This is the End certainly had its gross out moments, but the fun of it came from its mix of comedy and horror, and not knowing what was coming next.
It is indeed a lowbrow comedy, but its not just some dumb movie and the fictitious assassination of a living world leader is not even the most dangero ..
It has its moments.But make no mistake: this is adolescent, frat house humour.
In a less politically sensitive time, Randall Parks flat out brilliant performance would be hailed as the breakout, star making, even awards nominatio ..
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