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8 Reasons you should go see The Interview on Christmas Day (GIFs)

Julie Sprankles is a freelance writer living in the storied city of Charleston, SC. When she isn't slinging sass for SheKnows, she enjoys watching campy SyFy creature features (Pirahnaconda, anyone?), trolling the internet for dance work...

Have yourself a merry little Christmas with James Franco and Seth Rogen on Dec. 25

Now that Sony has decided not to cave entirely and will be showing The Interview in select theaters, we've put together a few compelling reasons you should ditch your sofa on Christmas Day and go see this controversial flick.

1. Because you can

Have yourself a merry little Christmas with James Franco and Seth Rogen on Dec. 25

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We can think of no other film in recent history that created quite so much controversy as The Interview — I mean, terrorist threats from a totalitarian dictator? Seriously? When this whole hoopla with Sony started, it looked as though freedom of creative expression would be shelved, along with the movie. Now that it will be shown in select theaters across the nation, there's no better reason to go see it than because you can. So put that in your pipe and smoke it, Kim Jong-un.

2. Because how can you say no to these guys?

Have yourself a merry little Christmas with James Franco and Seth Rogen on Dec. 25

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Try as we might, we can't peel our eyes away from anything James Franco and Seth Rogen do. They're smart, they're funny, they're adorable — they are the trifecta of cool. This political comedy was written by Rogen, and he and Franco have campaigned nonstop on its behalf, so we're inclined to acquiesce.

3. After all, everything they do is comic gold

Have yourself a merry little Christmas with James Franco and Seth Rogen on Dec. 25

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Need we remind you of Pineapple Express? This is the End? Freaks and Geeks? Surely you've seen their obscenely funny parody of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's "Bound 2" video. Everything this duo does leaves us doubled over in laughter, and we're certain The Interview will be no exception.

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4. To support your local art-house theater

Have yourself a merry little Christmas with James Franco and Seth Rogen on Dec. 25

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While The Interview may have started as a big-budget Hollywood release, it has landed in an unlikely place — roughly 200 independent theaters all over the country. Accordingly, it's picked up a bit of an art-house vibe, with these small venues taking to social media to express their pride in offering the release. When you patronize these little guys, you're supporting your community and, well, first amendment rights while you're at it.

5. Have you seen James Franco lately?

Have yourself a merry little Christmas with James Franco and Seth Rogen on Dec. 25

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Listen, we love James Franco. You love James Franco. We all love James Franco. We'll be the first to admit, though, that he's had more than a few blips in the last year or so that have sketched us out. Was it some weird method acting he adopted? Was he just having a moment? Who knows? But he looks to be back in his finest form these days, and we can't wait to see that reflected on-screen.

6. For sweet lines like this

Have yourself a merry little Christmas with James Franco and Seth Rogen on Dec. 25

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Oh, and this one, too.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas with James Franco and Seth Rogen on Dec. 25

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We're betting The Interview is filled with little gems like these and, let's be real, we'll all be breaking them out — oh, you know — every day come 2015. Merry Christmas to us, indeed.

More: The Interview — nine pros and cons of releasing it on demand

7. Because Lizzy Caplan

Have yourself a merry little Christmas with James Franco and Seth Rogen on Dec. 25

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Another Freaks and Geeks alum, Lizzy Caplan earned our die-hard devotion thanks to a little 2004 film called Mean Girls — maybe you've heard of it? But she's continued to impress us since her days as Janis Ian, with stellar turns in True Blood, New Girl, The League and the amazing Masters of Sex.

8. It's something to do with the fam besides sleep off a food coma

Have yourself a merry little Christmas with James Franco and Seth Rogen on Dec. 25

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We're not suggesting you ditch your loved ones on this coziest of holidays but, if you're looking for something fun to do outside of the house, grab a cousin or two and head to your local art-house theater showing The Interview. Bonus: Laughing your ass off has to be a good way to burn off all the extra calories you've consumed so far this Christmas, right?

In case you need added incentive

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