- The closest the movie comes to political satire is depicting young Kim as a lonely, would-be American with a secret love for Katy Perry.
- "The Interview," though occasionally funny, isn't clever or edgy. It features jokes about bodily cavities, a goofy sex scene (Diana Bang plays an uptight militant) and an unnecessary outburst of shock-comic violence.
- "The Interview" isn't interested in espousing any higher ideals of democracy, reconciliation or detente. That arrogant, mean-spirited attitude is what keeps "The Interview" from rising to the level of real political satire. That, and the poop jokes.
- Oppressive, fascistic dictatorships have proved fertile ground for comic filmmakers from Chaplin and Lubitsch to Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino (whose “Inglourious Basterds” is another obvious reference point here). But “The Interview” is scarcely as funny or absurd as the average news item about North Korea itself, with two main characters who are so aggressively annoying that you secretly hope the assassination plot will turn against them.
- The hype around “The Interview” suggests a take-no-prisoners dirty bomb of a movie, but the reality is more like a deflated whoopee cushion. It goes splat.
- There follows a chuckle-rich but somewhat expected stretch of training hijinks. One minute our duo is walking in slow-motion to Isaac Hayes like total badasses, the next an errant sneeze nearly kills the pair of them. The twist comes when they finally meet their mark. Kim (as played by Randall Park) is actually a great deal of fun. He and Skylark become best buds, and after a night carousing in an old Stalin-era tank with drugs, concubines and a Katy Perry CD there’s no way he’ll go ahead with the assignment.
- Not all the jokes land, and some of the tastelessness may inspire groans.