Maybe you already trekked to one of a select group of theaters to see “The Interview” on Christmas day because you wanted to support free speech, or maybe you already rented it online because you just really like Seth Rogen. But if you haven’t yet caught the pot-stirring comedy, there will soon be another way to watch the movie that landed Sony in hot water with North Korea.
On Saturday, Netflix subscribers in North America and Canada will be able to stream “The Interview.” So now, the lazy among us can finally see what all the fuss was about. How outrageous was the movie about two journalists who travel to North Korea and are recruited by the CIA to assassinate Kim Jong Un? (The reviews have been decidedly mixed.)
For a movie that nearly didn’t get released, it’s doing pretty well for itself. Sony claims it has brought in about $40 million through online rentals and purchases, on top of a $6 million theatrical box-office haul. That’s a lot more impressive than some of the best picture Oscar nominees. There’s no word yet on the details of the Netflix deal, and how that will boost Sony’s numbers.
So enjoy, Netflix subscribers. Or don’t. This is America, and if you’d rather stream “Mr. Mom,” “Moonstruck” or “Dirty Dancing” (again), that’s your right.