The actor posted this scathing critique on The Paris Review, where he called Breaking Dawn a greedy franchise that is hypocritical of sex and marriage.
In comparing the two films, this is what James Franco had to say.
"Both use sex as a submerged theme while on the surface promoting a wholesome idea of family values; both seem to devalue motherhood; and both deal with characters who are so financially secure that they are almost impossible to identify with."
The actor then goes onto compare Taylor Lautner's shirtless performance to that of a child beauty pageant.
"The protagonists finally marry, having waited until the wise old age of eighteen, and since the book and the film dutifully show them being wed, they are then allowed to fuck each others' brains out. For a film that claims to be sexually responsible, the "Twilight" movies are awfully dependent on teenage sex to attract viewers.
The actors prance about like pieces of meat, their disturbingly developed bodies on full display; Taylor Lautner's rippling teenage chest is just a little better than the child beauty-pageant stars at the end of Little Miss Sunshine."
James Franco is sometimes funny, and sometimes pointed in his review prowess. It's hard to tell if he is being serious. Or if the review is itself is a comment on today's critical minefield.