Scott Marks 12:30 p.m., July 26
Seth Rogen and James Franco leave no “Suk,” “Poon,” or “Dong” unturned in their quest to whack North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. As a vapid entertainment talk show host, Franco fills in the blanks his with more facial tics than a barrelful of Bill Buckley’s and a wardrobe made up of the Joker’s hand-me-downs. The suffocating level of redundancy and character inconsistency on display kneecaps any legitimate chance the film had at embracing social satire. Repetition is the key to learning and if you missed the payoff the first time around, don’t worry: the sledgehammering duo are skilled in the art of echoing every phallic aside. That said, The Interview offers more laughs (four, to be exact) than all of Rogen and Goldberg’s previous pairings combined. The biggest joke of all is how a major Hollywood player was brought to its knees by two hours of penis jokes and elaborate depictions of how to insert objects in men’s rectums. 2014.
- "The Interview leaves no “Suk,” “Poon,” or “Dong” unturned" • December 31, 2015