20. THE INTERVIEW
As a film, it’s in the same vein as many other Seth Rogen and James Franco comedies: a winning combination of gross-out humor and male bonding. That said, it does contain a political twist, as real-life North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un (Randall Park) is portrayed as a misunderstood, Katy Perry-loving soul who bonds with a hack TV journalist (Franco) who is assigned to interview him in North Korea, along with his producer (Rogen).
Though movies and TV shows like Team America and 30 Rock have often mocked Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-un’s father and predecessor, The Interview may have touched a nerve with the young despot. In December, a group called the “Guardians of Peace” hacked Sony Entertainment and threatened to carry out terrorist attacks if the film was released. When major theater chains dropped the film, Sony released it digitally instead, potentially costing themselves millions in box office revenue.
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