Consistently funny and obsessed with men’s anuses, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s “The Interview” isn’t as interesting as the foofaraw it caused, but what is? (It isn’t exactly trenchant political satire, either, but nobody expected that from the weed-and-wang crew.) As slap-happy, vulgarian pop-culture riffs go, it’s on par with “Pineapple Express” and “This Is the End.” Rogen plays a fluff-TV producer, Aaron, whose vapid star, Dave Skylark (an over-enthusiastic James Franco), is recruited by the C.I.A. to use an exclusive interview with Kim Jong-un (Randall Park) as an assassination opportunity. The mission is threatened when Dave is wowed by Kim’s party-hearty friendliness and Aaron is wooed by Kim’s sexy assistant (Diana Bang), but of course the real point is Dave and Aaron’s bromance. And who’s to say, maybe a love that pure IS worth going to war over.
B (1 hr., 52 min.; )
Reprinted from City Weekly.