Sunday, June 23, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Saturday, December 27, 2014
"The Interview": Not Quite Ready For The John Peter Zenger Honorary Oscar
By Robert Thomas @ 1:13 AM :: 4846 Views :: First Amendment

"The Interview" Reviewed: Not Quite Ready For The John Peter Zenger Honorary Oscar


Bottom line: low expectations exceeded.

by Robert Thomas, InverseCondemnation, December 26, 2014

Several months ago, when we first saw the previews for "The Interview," it didn't look all that funny, even though we liked James Franco and Seth Rogan's last joint effort (ha, ha), the entertaining stoner comedy "This is the End." Mildly disappointed (our general rule is if the producers can't make a good trailer, the film itself is very unlikely to be good), we placed "The Interview" on our mental "only-if-it-ends-up-streaming-on-Netflix" list.

But that, of course, was before all the will-they-or-won't they, was-it-the-No-Ko's-or-wasn't-it drama surrounding the film's release, when it became part of the momentary cultural zeitgeist that if you don't see the film, the terrorists win. Even POTUS got in on the act ("As the president made clear, we are a country that believes in free speech, and the right of artistic expression."), despite the administration having taken what appears to be a contrary stance on an earlier inflammatory video

So, feeling it necessary to do our bit for the cause of liberty and freedom of expression, we overcame our reluctance and schlepped out on Christmas day to a theater.

The movie was not as flat as we anticipated, and there were more than a few moments of genuine entertainment. But John Peter Zenger Franco and Rogan are not. What it says about our culture when a movie filled physical comedy, a lot of toilet humor, beaucoup f-bombs, inside jokes (those of us who are not Katy Perry fans needed to have a few of the gags explained to us), and ultraviolence that's beyond the usual cartoony fare of modern action movies, is the torchbearer for freedom, we have not yet decided.

But with our bar set low, "The Interview" was better than anticipated, and worth our effort. For that alone, we give it three stars.


The Interview is not currently playing at any Hawaii theater but is rentable for $5.99 through YouTube Movies, Google Play, Microsoft’s Xbox Video, and


TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


Aloha Pregnancy Care Center


Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii Military History

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Together


Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

July 4 in Hawaii

Land and Power in Hawaii

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

NRA-ILA Hawaii


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

School Choice in Hawaii

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii