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The Interview [2014] [R] - 7.8.10



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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An American talk show host (James Franco) and his producer (Seth Rogen) take their show to North Korea and a CIA agent takes the opportunity to ask them to assassinate the country's dictator, Kim Jong Un (Randall Park). Also with Lizzy Caplan, Diana Bang, Reese Alexander and Timothy Simons. Directed by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg. [1:52]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - In a gunroom a woman and a man seem to be having intercourse below the frame while standing (we see both thrusting) and her jacket is open to reveal her bra and cleavage and his shirt is partially open to reveal his chest; she shouts, "Oh God" three times and he gasps as the scene ends. A female soldier enters the hotel room of a man who takes off his shirt (we see his bare chest) as she removes her jacket to reveal her bra and cleavage; she shouts, "You are so hairy, like a bear! Your nipples are so pink!" and they kiss passionately before he tries to remove her bra with his teeth and cannot do so; the scene ends when another man enters the room and she dons her jacket and hides under the bed covers. Two men go to an upscale bar where women sit in their laps while wearing only bras and panties (we see cleavage, bare abdomens and thighs).
 A dozen women at a party (please see the Substance Use category for more details) wear bras and short skirts or panties while a few of the women face the camera and are topless (revealing full bare breasts and abdomens). A man walks away from the camera, drops a robe and reveals full back nudity. Two men appear shirtless. A few women at a party wear low-cut dresses that reveal some cleavage. A woman CIA agent wears her blouse open three buttons down to reveal moderate cleavage to two men and she asks them to kill a country's leader; one of the men later states repeatedly that this was "honey-potting." A woman wearing a knee-length skirt walks up a set of stone steps and a man behind her points to her rear and tells another man to look.
 In a hotel room, a man puts his hands inside the front of his trousers, rubs himself, brings his hands out, sniffs his fingers and says that they smell like guacamole. In two scenes, a man stands sideways to reveal a large bulge at his groin area as people laugh. At a party a man holds a long missile at his clothed groin to resemble a penis.
 Two men kiss on the lips in three scenes and say, "I love you"; in the last of these scenes they maintain that they are not gay. A man and a woman kiss goodbye as she wraps one leg around his waist briefly and he tells a friend that she is a bombshell.
 A man captured by soldiers is stripped of clothing and we see frontal nudity from below the navel to the head; another camera shot shows his trousers around the ankles, and we see the man shimmying while he dares the soldiers to have sex with him (the scene ends). A man describes a porn film scene: 12 men have a male orgy, the screen goes black and a voice or caption says that the men will ejaculate and the scene returns with all the men covered in semen (we do not see any of this). A man at a podium says that he had sex with a female journalism professor. A man says that a woman soldier he met was sexy and his friend asks if they had sex; the first man sarcastically replies, "Yeah, I [F-word deleted] her in the helicopter." A man says that another man's mostly bald head looks like someone's hairy bottom. A man says that a female singer's vagina usually hangs out on stage when she sings (we do not see her). A man says that a female singer's leggings are so tight that the outline of her vulva show as a "moose knuckle" (we do not see her). A man says that a male actor was seen having intercourse with a goat. A man says that other countries are so jealous of the USA, that they cover their penises in KY Jealous. A man in a tank asks his friend if they can use the gun and the other man says, "You think I'd tease you and not take you all the way?" A man discusses pulling out of a mission and says, "I've been pulling it out for years." A man says that his father told him that a luxurious lifestyle turns men gay. A rapper says that he is gay on a TV show and the producer says, "This is the greatest moment in gay history!" before a fistfight erupts in the control room as a man tries to cut the feed (no one is hurt). A man says that another man accompanied a woman in case "honey-[anatomical term deleted]" was needed to seduce any gay man into killing someone.

VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A man leans out a low flying helicopter, threatening to kill two other men in a Jeep by launching nuclear warheads; the two men launch a missile that strikes the helicopter and cuts it open with large flames and burns the man inside (his head explodes and we see blood and gore splatter in all directions).
 A CIA agent explains to two men that a specific poison makes the body sweat, vomit and defecate in efforts to eliminate the poison; later, the poison (ricin) is in chewing gum and is accidentally chewed by a North Korean soldier, who spits it out (it is thrown off-screen) and days later he begins to sweat, then stands up from a banquet table, vomits toward the camera (we see yellow material), falls down and flatulates loudly; below the frame, we hear an explosion and blood splatters onto the faces of onlookers in the frame and we also see blood on the dead man's rear; several men and women wail and scream in anguish.
 A fistfight between soldiers and others breaks out in a TV control room, where one man hits another man in the face with a large book, two men alternately bite off each other's' fingers with blood gushing and spurting each time and one man retains only a large bloody bandage on his left hand and one finger (the middle finger is raised in a permanent, obscene gesture); a woman falls when she is pushed, but turns around and shoots a man dead, with some blood, then pistol-whips another man unconscious and using an automatic rifle kills a dozen soldiers by firing through the control room door and into the hallway (we hear screaming and see some blood); a dictator shoots one of his soldiers in the rear end and the man falls, screaming as we see blood and he shouts about an American, "I want his severed head on my desk!"
 An interviewer in a TV broadcast begins grilling a dictator about human rights violations and the dictator cries before flatulating loudly as he and the interviewer argue; the dictator pulls a handgun, shooting the other man who falls to the floor and after the dictator leaves, rises to show the audience that he is wearing a bulletproof vest.
 Two men and a woman steal a tank and fight against jeeps and helicopters full of North Korean forces; we hear a lot of machine gun fire and see flashes and sparks as the tank crushes Jeeps and the men inside them (no blood is shown). Two men play with an armed tank outdoors at a palace and fire a missile that levels a stand of trees in smoke and flame. A missile launches with loud noises, smoke and flames as a crowd cheers.
 A rapper says he is gay on a TV show and the producer says, "This is the greatest moment in gay history!" before a fistfight erupts in the control room as a man tries to cut the feed (no one is hurt). A man at a banquet shouts, slams a hand on a table and declares that he will burn up a billion people to prove his power. A young girl in North Korea sings at a government gathering, with lyrics wishing America to die in blood and pain because its people are evil, arrogant and fat; she sings, "Die, America, die!" and she sings to soldiers to rape all American women in front of their children. A gangster rapper speaks about his lyrics on TV, saying that they mean for old women to be murdered, because they are all whores.
 Two men argue throughout the film about work, the media and assassinating a dictator. A man says that he must kill a female soldier and another man shouts, "No!" before the three people go to a gunroom and collect weapons to fight a dictator.
 After trudging up a rocky hill, a man sleeps on the ground and a long insect crawls across his face, waking him up; a helicopter appears, lands and three soldiers with rifles and their female leader approach the man and tell him to meet the North Korean leader within 24 hours at a specific place before leaving the man stranded on the hill.
 A man asks what to do with a capsule and a CIA agent says to stick it up his rectum and that the first part of it will be the hardest to endure, but that blood will lubricate it; the man places it into the back of his trousers and yelps that it is cold as the camera cuts to his face as he gasps and groans; we then see him in his room, where a male friend says, "I'm here to help" [remove the capsule] and the camera cuts to the clean capsule under a running faucet and we see that it is at least 4" in diameter.
 A man falls out a second story window and we hear a thud; we see him on the ground, unhurt as he crawls along a grassy area in order to retrieve a small capsule containing poison until a tiger approaches him and he freezes as the capsule jams into the tiger's ear, killing it (no blood appears).
 A man states that North Koreans are starving in concentration camps; one night, he finds that a grocery store in Pyongyang is only a painting in front of which are bins of wax and wood fruits. He smashes fruits, runs into the street, shouts "Fake" and "Liar" and throws fake fruit at a billboard of the North Korean dictator.
 We hear that a North Korean dictator does not urinate, defecate or have an anus several times.

PROFANITY 10 - About 143 F-words and its derivatives, 3 obscene hand gestures, 26 sexual references, 46 scatological terms, 42 anatomical terms, 22 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid crazy, idiot, liar, pig joke, Yankee, Jew, incompetent, ignorant, arrogant, gross, gay, fake friend, Hitler, skank, whore, fool, old lady, fatty, bat crazy), stereotypical references to men, women, senior citizens, homosexuals, government agents, talk show hosts, Americans, Asians, North Koreans, dictators, rappers, communists, 3 religious profanities (GD), 16 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus Christ, Holy [scatological term deleted], Holy [F-word derivative deleted], Oh My God, Oh God, Good God, Jesus, Speak Of The Devil). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Two men take Ecstasy and the camera cuts to a party where people drink double shots of whiskey as they dance in a hotel room, and a man asks a male visitor if he'd like some liquor or cocaine (he replies that he does not). A party shows men and women drinking champagne from tall glasses, a man drinks from a short glass half filled with amber liquor while outside on a busy sidewalk as he leaves a bar (he slurs his words when talking on the phone), a man and a woman drink short glasses of Chivas Regal in a hotel room, men and women in three bar scenes watch a TV broadcast while drinking short glasses of liquor and bottles of beer, a man says that men who like margaritas and Katy Perry music are gay, men and women drink double shots of whiskey in a party scene (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details), and a hotel room is littered with empty liquor bottles and partial glasses of wine as well the morning after a party. Men smoke cigarettes and drink from beer bottles on a train a man drinks an energy drink in a control room, soldiers smoke many cigarettes in a TV room, and a dictator smokes a thick cigar and creates large clouds of smoke in a palace.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - North Korean aggression, the CIA, human rights violations, starvation, power, war, communism, TV and Internet news programs, leadership qualities, lying, manipulation, fame, drugs and alcohol, denigration of women.

MESSAGE - The tabloid news can manipulate world events.

Special Keywords: S7 - V8 - P10 - MPAAR

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