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I completed the 2016 Summer Program in the School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. I received a BS Degree in Radio/TV from ASU and a MA Degree in Technical and Expository Writing from UALR. As a Cancer Survivor and a Widow, I hope I can help others through my Blog http://leslieinlittlerock.blogspot.com/ Twitter @leslieinlr and Instagram @leslieinlittlerock accounts.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Movie Review - The Interview (2014)

Movie Description:  TV host Dave Skylark (James Franco) and producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogan) run the celebrity tabloid television show "Skylark Tonight." When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un (played by actor Randall Park) they are recruited by the CIA Agency and Agent Lacey (Lizzy Caplan) to turn their trip to Pyongyang into an assassination mission.

Release Date:  Wednesday, December 24, 2014 (Independent Theatrical release and online release)

Running Time:  1 hour and 52 minutes


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA):
Rated R for pervasive language, crude and sexual humor, nudity, some drug use and bloody violence.

Directors:  Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogan

  Dan Sterling - Screenplay;
Seth Rogan - Story; Evan Goldberg - Story; and Dan Sterling - Story


James Franco as Dave Skylark

Seth Rogan as Aaron Rapoport

Lizzy Caplan as Agent Lacey in
The Interview (2014)

Lizzy Caplan as Janis Ian in
Mean Girls (2004)

Diana Bang as Sook

Actor Randall Park

Actor Randall Park as
North Korean President Kim Jong-un

Photos from IMDb

Leslie's Notes

  •  Special Thanks to Riverdale 10 Cinema, an independent movie theater in Little Rock and owner Matt Smith who chose to show The Interview at the Riverdale 10 Cinema along at his other two theaters in Cabot and Searcy, Arkansas after the film was pulled by all the major movie theaters.

    •   The Interview contains crude language, some sexual and drug activity and plenty of raunchy scenes, but also contains good writing, acting and production value. 

      • I first saw the trailer for The Interview when I watched Gone Girl in early October. I had not heard of the movie and wasn't even sure I would see it until it received all the publicity involving the Sony hacking incidents and North Korea. While I was watching the movie, I wondered if James Franco and Seth Rogan were just playing themselves, but then I remembered that they both starred in Freaks and Geeks in 1999 and realized they have come a long way since that great TV show that only lasted one season.

        • One of the best parts of this movie is the excellent casting. Who knew that Janis Ian from Mean Girls would graduate from high school and then become CIA Agent Lacey? Or that Kim Jong-un would star in the new ABC comedy Fresh Off the Boat, premiering in January 2015?

          • If you have the chance to see The Interview in a movie theater, I would say go ahead and see it.  If not, you can always rent it on YouTube for $5.99!


Online Release Information


Viewers can rent the movie for $5.99 or buy it for $14.99. Rentals are good for 48 hours. The movie's running time is 1 hour, 52 minutes.

Here's where you can watch "The Interview" online:

Google Play
Buy or rent the film from Google Inc.'s platform. The movie can be viewed on the Google Play app for Android and Apple devices, as well as through some streaming devices including Roku and Google's Nexus Player. play.google.com.

The video site, also owned by Google, has "The Interview" available to rent or buy on its movie page. It can be viewed on a website, YouTube's app and selected streaming devices including Apple TV, PlayStation and Xbox. youtube.com/movies.

This option is for those who own Microsoft Corp.'s video-game console, a Windows smartphone, or a computer or tablet that runs Windows 8 software. video.xbox.com.


The studio, owned by Sony Corp., set up a separate website where viewers can rent and stream the film online. seetheinterview.com.