LOS ANGELES — Sony has no plans at the moment to release The Interview after scrapping its Christmas Day theatrical release this week — not DVD, not VOD, not streaming, nothing. As of this writing, you simply cannot see the movie, and probably won’t for a good long while.
But before Guardians of Peace threatened physical violence against movie theaters, it was screened for critics, at the Los Angeles premiere, and at the Austin, Texas-based movie marathon known as Butt-Numb-a-Thon.
I was at the premiere here, where the crowd — mostly Sony employees, to be fair — was howling with laughter at this wildly inappropriate, borderline offensive comedy, from beginning to end. Critics have not been kind, as The Interview has a 48% on Rotten Tomatoes, an aggregate score I utterly do not understand.