“I saw the initially banned movie ‘The Interview‘ and feel America should be mad at it, too,” Michael Musto writes on Facebook. “The two lead characters are so mentally deficient that the result comes off like ‘Dumb and Dumber’ meets ‘Ishtar’!!! But at least now that the film has been released, it can officially garner awards consideration. And if James Franco doesn’t win the Razzie for Worst Actor, then those awards are more rigged than the North Korean government.”
Those numbers, while middling, are considerably higher than typical Razzie Award contenders. Consider that last year’s Worst Picture, “Movie 43,” scored 18 on MetaCritic and a measly 4% on Rotten Tomatoes.
However, the Razzies have a noble history of embracing silly, numbskull comedies like “Dumb and Dumber” (one Razzie nomination), “Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd” (3 noms) and even “Ishtar” (3 noms, even one win for Elaine May as Worst Director). James Franco is Razzie royalty, having been nominated for Worst Supporting Actor for stoner comedy “Your Highness.” He shouldn’t feel too bad that he lost — he got skunked by Al Pacino portraying Al Pacino in Adam Sandler‘s numbskull laffter “Jack and Jill,” which was on a Razzie roll in 2011, sweeping 10 categories.
So how will voters respond to “The Interview’s” unique combination of lowbrow content and high-profile context? Will they give it a pass for striking an unintended blow for free speech, or savage it for being unworthy of all the attention in the first place? Or perhaps the film and its performances aren’t bad enough to rise among the ranks of cinema’s worst.
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