Film Review: The Internship

Gary says:

The Internship reunites nobody’s favourite comedy duo, the stars of 2005’s Wedding Crashers, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, in the roles of Billy and Nick – two ageing watch salesmen who realise that time is against them when they’re made redundant and forced to find new jobs.

Billy takes to the internet in search of opportunities, before solving the age-old question of what happens when you type the word “google” into Google. No, it doesn’t break the internet; instead, it lands the pair an internship at the Silicon Valley giant. Aided by their younger, more tech-savvy teammates, the two then proceed to botch their way through a series of challenges – including a bizarre task where they’re judged on their Quidditch playing ability – all in the hope of earning a full-time role at the company.

The laughs come few and far between and, when they do finally arrive, they’re never really worth the wait. The film’s comedy highlight is a cheesy, slapstick moment which sees Billy throw a slice of pizza that hits a fellow intern in the face. Most attempts at humour fail to produce so much as a titter, and some viewers may have trouble sleeping after sitting through Anchorman star Will Ferrell’s nightmarishly unfunny cameo as Nick’s creepy, bed-salesman brother-in-law.

The Internship’s opening scene sees the two protagonists driving a car and singing along to Alanis Morissette’s nineties anthem, Ironic. It’s a fitting soundtrack to a film that preaches the importance of change and keeping with the times, all whilst starring two ancient relics who trudge their way through the same-old comedy narrative that moviegoers have paid to sit through hundreds of times before.

Tom says:

Shawn Levy succeeds in creating the longest advertisement since Michael Bay’s series of Chevrolet commercials with The Internship, a two-hour long promo for Google, starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as two out-of-the-loop salesmen that get a chance to work for the world’s largest search-engine.

Having just lost their jobs as watch-salesmen, Billy McMahon (Vince Vaughn) and Nick Campbell (Owen Wilson) stumble upon an opportunity to reconnect with the modern world and apply for an internship at Google. Billy and Nick are not the only interns, however, as they are thrust into a huge crowd of incredibly stereotypical and unrealistic characters, such as the parentally-pressured Asian guy, the socially-incapable genius and Hollywood’s favourite portrayal of a “geek”: the attractive girl with thick-rimmed glasses. What follows is a series of five tedious tasks created to see if the interns are worthy of working at Google. Tasks such as: finding a coding bug, working a help-desk and creating an app. It really is as thrilling as it sounds.

Those expecting to see the same comedic chemistry between Vaughn and Wilson as seen in Wedding Crashers are going to be sorely disappointed as the mere handful of gags are submerged under wave after wave of Google-love. The writers clearly wanted us to know how fun and relaxing it is to work for Google, be it due to the free food, the nap area or the volleyball court, they pushed the point so far forward that it begins to feel like a recruitment video.

With little-to-no likeable characters, empty “geek” humour to rival The Big Bang Theory and constant Google adoration, The Internship feels like a monotonous piece of propaganda for a company that needs no publicity.

by Gary Woodcock & Tom Woodcock

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4 thoughts on “Film Review: The Internship

  1. Hi guys, great review! I enjoyed Wedding Crashes but can’t say the trailers for The Internship had me racing to the cinema. From what you guys say it seems like I was right to stay away.

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