The Interview

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Not-so-political comedy concentrates on vulgar jokes.

R 2014 112 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 33 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 11+

Best Seth Rogen Movie!

This movie has very little drugs and alcohol besides at the beginning. The fact that this movie is controversial doesn't matter. My only problem with this movie is the violence and language. At the end of the movie they bite peoples fingers off and shoot 15 people with machine guns.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 15+

Funny For An Older Audience

The Interview is, for many reasons, a controversial film. Any movie even the least bit political is sure to be a hot topic for debate, especially considering some of the mature subject matter in this flick. There is slight racism (a character apologizing with a fake Asian accent; a character referring to the USA as "a place where they don't eat dogs" while leaving a nation in Asia), but if your children is well-rounded and has common sense, they'll be able to understand that this was for comedic effect and that comments like those should not be repeated. Though it is vulgar, there is no nudity further than a woman's breasts. There are two scenes where a boner is concealed by clothing. There is language, mild drinking/smoking, and some blood at the end (as well as the brutal destruction of a helicopter, and the shooting of multiple people, all within the final twenty minutes), but there's no denying that, albeit stupid, this film is guaranteed to give quite a few laughs.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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