The Internship

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No computer skills? Over 40? No problem! If you can BS, you can make it into one of the most competitive internships in the country!

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson take their fast talking scam duo act to the most innovative employer in the country in this safe, sweet, mildly funny comedy.

When the company that Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) sell watches for goes out of business, they’re left to seek out new careers. In spite of having no computer skills, Billy comes up with the bright idea of applying for an internship at Google. Google is widely considered one of the country’s most progressive employers, and working for them would represent a new adventure for the two of them. Quickly applying for college at the University of Phoenix Online in order to satisfy the college attendance requirements, the two BS their way through an interview via webcam and find themselves selected for the program.

Getting accepted is only half the challenge, however. When they arrive, they realize that everyone else in the internship is in their early twenties… their age makes them stand out like a sore thumb. This leaves them left out when teams for the competition get selected, and they wind up on a team of rejects. Of course, that gives the two of them the opportunity to mentor the gifted but socially inept youngsters, and mold them into a team.

Will it be enough to overcome the fact that they know nothing about computer programming, though?

As you can imagine, “The Internship” glosses over Vaughn and Wilson’s characters’ shortcomings, and emphasizes the fact that Google is an unorthodox workplace in order to work around the fact that these two grown men without computer science degrees could actually get IN to an internship, let alone cut it in one. It’s all in the name of setting up a mildly humorous fish out of water comedy where “online” gets confused with “on the line” and Vaughn doesn’t know what Instagram is. It’s not the greatest set up ever for a comedy, but it does boast the comedic pairing of Wilson and Vaughn.

Fans of Vaughn will be pleased to hear that he puts himself into this film, as opposed to some of the half-hearted mail-in jobs he gives us occasionally. Here, he’s energetically working his typical fast talking, bullshitting persona. Owen Wilson is his soft-spoken sidekick, and is also given a romantic sub-plot with Rose Byrne that serves as filler. Together they’re surrounded by a motley crew of misfit kids and a hard ass manager overseeing the internship program. As one might expect, there are also a couple of humorous cameos, as well.

If you enjoy the banter of Vaughn and Wilson, this movie was actually halfway decent. It certainly will never hold a candle to “Wedding Crashers”, but its far better “The Watch”, say, which was the last movie Vaughn was in. In spite of the farfetched setup, there are some safe chuckles to be found scattered about, and a moment or two now and then when you catch a glimpse of the promise of this comedy pairing.

“The Internship” is an innocuous comedy filled with platitudes about believing in yourself and working together as a team. It features sporadic doses of mild humor between inoffensive plot points. It’s not something I call highly recommend, but if you’re a fan of these two guys, you’ll get some benefit out of it if you catch up with it one day at home.

B-

Daniel Fogarty

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47 thoughts on “The Internship

  1. I’ve seen both actors in excel in good comedy that doesn’t delve to far into stupid and I’ve seen both do the over the top stupid comedy I hate. This, unfortunately, looks like over the top stupid. Being in the demographic of the characters they are playing, I’m aware that the people our age at least have a basic understanding of the things they are acting totally clueless about. The only way this works for me is if you put them in their 50’s or older. Actually, the Odd Couple getting this internship would be the only way I could buy their lack of basic knowledge of things even if they didn’t know how those things worked.

    • I don’t think it was “over the top” stupid, but you’re right, they definitely exaggerate the level of cluelessness. It’s one think not to know programming languages, but not knowing what Instagram is? C’mon…

      Thankfully, it wasn’t all like that. It was decent enough. ;)

  2. Yeah it has an unoriginal plot/fish out of water theme going on. Similarly, it pales in comparison to Wedding Crashers. I think some of that might have to do with the PG-13 rating. (looking forward to the unrated Blu-ray)
    However, the main thing I am looking for in a comedy is for it to be funny and make me laugh. The Internship succeeds in that department.
    A lot of critics seem to really be bringing the hate in regards to this picture and the critic and user ratings are off by over 40 pts on RT. I am seeing a lot of reviews saying the plot did not make sense and or it is an advertisement for Google. Did the plot of Caddyshack or Animal House of Anchorman make a lot of sense? Was Stripes an advertisement for the U.S. Army Was Moneyball and advertisement for the Oakland A’s?
    This is a PG-13 amusing comedy with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, if you walk in expecting cinema verite’ you will most likely be disappointed.

    • Yeah, you’re right, I don’t think it was anything exceptional by any means, but it certainly wasn’t terrible. I don’t think it should be at 30% on RT (though I could see if it were at 50).

      You bring up a good point about Google, I mean basically there was an extended “product placement”. But what were they advertising for? How cool they are to work for?

      • Yeah that’s a good point man, and I’ve been trying to say it to anyone I can haha. I am surprised a lot of critics are thinking this is an ad for Google…..as if a giant company like that NEEDS the advertising. it just so happened to have a lot of the film taking place on Google campus. kind of hard to avoid those colors, too. (and i even thought the colors served as part of the jokes, for example…the Google bikes).

      • I mean, there’s no doubt that Google is every freaking where in this movie, but its more like a setting than an ad. Lets put it this way, the movie doesn’t even happen – or work – if they set it at some generic, fictional company. So…

  3. Its funny how these two have quickly become the “old, tired comedy gang.” Maybe Vaughn realizes he’s perceived that way, and that’s why he put a little more effort in, as you say.

  4. Nice review. I probably won’t be seeing this since I wasn’t the biggest fan of Wedding Crashers and the trailers made the movie look like a product plug for Google.

    • Google is definitely allllllll over the place here, but its hard to call it a product plug, somehow… unless their advertising the internship program, which I doubt they need any help for. Still, if youre that sensitive to corporate involvement in movies, than yeah, probably best not to see this one…

  5. I dont get Instagram. I mean, I know what it is, but I dont get why people use it. It crops all your pics into the stupid square, and adds really dumb looking filters which look better if you use PS anyway, so what’s the appeal? A file sharing site that makes you change your pic format and plasters cheap looking filters on? How is this a thing? And FB bought it for a BILLION dollars???? WTF?

    but I digress…

  6. I waited to read again until I had my post up. I think we are in agreement on 90% of this. We even used some of the same phrases, that makes me worry a little. I would be a little more generous and take off the minus on your rating, but otherwise, good work, you agree with me again. (Always a good standard to judge someone else’s opinion by).

    • Totally true. I don’t care how well written someone’s review is, its whether they agree with mine or not! ;)

      I had to go with the minus just because. There still is a lot of feel good formula, a token, afterthought romance, and it really wasn’t gut-bustingly funny or anything. I’ll be around to see what you had to say soon.

  7. The trailer for this played in front of Star Trek Into Darkness. There were no laughs. A few groans. And a whole lot of “meh” from the audience. This film looked like crap. I’m a bit over Vince Vaughn, too.

  8. Nice review Fogs. For me, this movie just was not funny and seemed to shine in the new light that these two need to calm it down with the acting like they’re in their younger days.

    • Yeah, saw your review… I think they’ve still got it though, they had some pretty funny moments here. Granted, it’s not exactly Wedding Crashers, but it was funny enough to get by…

  9. Very nice review. The trailers for thing were horrible (only The Heat trailers surpass them in utter suckiness). Just don’t thing ill be seeing this one in the big screen.

    • I wasn’t all that impressed with the trailers, either (though the Trailers for “The Heat” make me laugh, so, I don’t agree there)

      It’s definitely nothing to rush out and see, especially if you’re not planning on reviewing it… but if you catch it one day at home, I bet you’ll get some laughs out of it Keith.

  10. I like these safe little comedies – they’re definitely guilty little pleasures – I’ll check this one out, although will probably wait for it to arrive on Sky Movies.

    These types of movie are perfect for Friday night with my wife, a beer, and some ridiculously unhealthy snacks…

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  12. I actually enjoyed this one a bit more than you I believe. It didn’t break new ground by any means, though I still found it hilarious, much more so than I was expecting. Haven’t laughed so much in a theater in a long, long time. :)

    • Wow, huh? Ok. Well, people are all over the spectrum on it then, I guess, because I’ve certainly ran across folks who thought it was terrible, as well, of course :roll:

      Still, nice to know I’m not the only one who found some value in it… glad to hear you liked it Chris!

  13. Is Nick the most popular name for a male lead or supporting character in Hollywood? I have noticed because it is my, well, nickname too…

  14. Hopefully I’ll like it.. I want to like it and I thought the trailer gave it promise. B- doesn’t sound bad as well, for a comedy at least. I’ve been really disappointed in comedies lately so I’m hoping this might be a chance to break that bad streak. Though who knows when I’ll be able to see it.

      • A must skip then but sometimes I like watching these films just to confirm that my feelings are correct of the man.

        I know a lot of people like him and I’m one of the few people that find him irritating.

      • I can see how people can find him irritating (and you’re definitely not alone), but when he’s on his game, I find him entertaining. He was halfway decent here, though it wouldn’t make his top five by any means…

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