'The Interview' Review: Much Less Compelling Than the Events It Inspired

December 26, 2014 3:52 PM

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It’s hard to know what I would have made of The Interview if I had watched it months ago, before the scheduled release of the movie provoked a massive cyber-attack that prompted an international affair. Instead, I spent two hours this Christmas Eve watching James Franco shift his eyebrows into overdrive, grappling for the true meaning of a sophomoric comedy. This is what all the fuss was about?

If you haven’t been following—which I highly doubt—let me catch you up. The Interview stars Franco and Seth Rogen in a buddy comedy centered around the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un—a depiction that reportedly provoked North Korea to launch a cyber-attack on Sony, the parent com...

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