The film, which shows James Franco as a fictitious celebrity talk show host and Rogen as his producer who are asked by the CIA to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, was initially pulled from theaters after threats were made by a hacker group that the US government has linked to the seclusive country.
Rotten Tomatoes has critics evenly split with a 50 percent rating though the audience rating came in higher, at 72 percent. Social media reaction appeared along similar lines, with more favorable posts about the film than negative, though quite a few admitted they were only viewing the film out of a perceived patriotic duty.
Here is a sample of the reaction on Twitter.
Not sure if The Interview was a movie or just a really long music video for Katy Perry's "Fireworks"— KV Genasis (@kvan328) December 25, 2014
Remember yesterday, when "The Interview" was the most banned film ever? Now it's easier to see than a Law & Order rerun.— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) December 25, 2014
Just watched the Interview. Pretty bad movie but I like that they're offending North Korea. You go girl!— Jonatan Nordentoft (@Locercus) December 25, 2014
We rented, and are watching The Interview because we are good Americans... Or something.— Tracy Barnett (@TheOtherTracy) December 25, 2014
The interview so funny so far, about 40mins in loving it :-)— ben (@wickerman81) December 25, 2014
the interview is so funny omg— vicky (@vxvxvxvg) December 25, 2014
The interview is too funny— Tyler Waitt (@Twaitt) December 25, 2014
Finished watching The Interview. It wasn't half bad. Though it would have been nice @GooglePlay if I could have watching it in one sitting!— Cat (@CatMMX) December 25, 2014