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By Darren Johnson
Campus News and Nu2U

Who knew you could rent movies via YouTube? The big winner in this whole Sony leak/controversy over the Christmas-release “The Interview” may be the previously free video site.

This will definitely put YouTube on the map as a major streaming service.

Sony decided to mostly let the Internet carry the film. On YouTube, you can rent it for $5.99, if you link your verified Google Plus account (if you have an Android phone, you likely have one and just don’t use it much) and a credit card or Paypal.

I was hoping I’d be able to watch the film via the Wii we have hooked up to our big plasma TV, like we do Netflix and free YouTube videos via their app, but this wouldn’t load. Thus the family had to gather around the 15″ Campus News laptop to view the movie.

So, was “The Interview,” with the one dimensional Seth Rogan and the smarmy and unlikeable James Franco — two of our generation’s most overrated comedy actors — worth the $5.99?

Well, if it means family unity during the holidays, surely, because I can’t watch any more “Christmas With the Kranks” type movies.

And I’m definitely glad I didn’t pay movie theater prices for this, as I was on the fence about going to see this one before the controversy. We usually do see a movie this time of year at the theater — last year it was that awful Christmas “Madea” movie.

And if the $5.99 goes toward making YouTube a site where major films can appear first. And if the $5.99 is a vote for the free speech rights the North Koreans tried to suppress, then, yes, it’s worth it.

Without all of the above, this is an average comedic movie with very little that’s original, too much rectal humor and too many leaps in logic to make it plausible — every good comedy has to have at least one foot planted in reality.

For example, why would the main characters give up a 10-year major TV journalism career to — quickly decided over a cup of coffee — kill a world leader (and probably be killed)?

Now, if they were offered a suitcase of money, then there may be a story. But, no, they just flippantly go along with it.

There is some social commentary in the film about the facade that North Korea tries to show the world, but not really. We already know that the country is starving and its leader is crazy. So what’s the point?

How could this have been a better movie? Maybe if it simply had different actors in the place of Rogen and Franco. I wish Hollywood would stop giving us them (and also stop giving us Jonah Hill, Mark Wahlberg, etc.) over and over again. They are not funny. Ever.

And, no, I’m not “peanut butter and jealous.”

But, let’s not crap on this film too much. It is a solid C+/B- and better than most things on TV this time of year. Use your Paypal account to deposit a vote for free speech, and for bringing the movie theater to our living rooms — or, at least, our laptops.