Despite feeling like a two-hour advert for Google, The Internship is an easy comedy with some mild laughs that will definitely entertain fans of the Vaughn-Wilson duo.
Two middle-aged salesmen take up a coveted internship at Google in an attempt to rebuild their careers, destroyed by the advance of the digital age.
Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn are the stars of the show and any fans of their laidback style will find many reasons to see The Internship and the duo don’t disappoint.
The Bottom Line
At times The Internship feels like the Wedding Crashers’ little brother. It’s a film that has a lot of the same antics but is less crude and far more down to earth and both Vaughn and Wilson feel like the same characters that have outgrown their wilder days and settled in a comfortable career as watch salesmen. They are savvy and charismatic but unaware that they are frozen in an analogue pocket whilst the rest of the world is digitising. With their careers over, Wilson curls away as a salesman to his brother-in-laws mattress shop – Will Ferrell cameo – whilst Vaughn, with his personal life falling apart, continues to search for a job he believes they are worth. With that first sighting of Google’s multi-coloured product placement, their destiny is written. Their internship requires them to be divided into competing teams – made up completely of tech-savvy college-graduate kids – and complete a series of challenges which will decide a single winning team and the promise of a career at Google. The duo are placed in a team with the last kids standing, a group of digital outcasts, and things seem doomed from the start. No one takes the duo seriously and their pathetically ancient pop-culture references fly over the team’s heads.
From the outset it’s clear that the film is all about healing a generational divide between technophobes and technophiles and this provides Vaughn and Wilson with the material for their bromance shenanigans although anyone expecting the same antics from the duo’s previous outing will be slightly disappointed. In The Internship, they are all about old school respectability and sportsmanship – in the face of a scheming and conniving opposing team led by a cunning snob. Despite lacking an IT education, their resourcefulness and charisma gives them a constant moral high ground as well as the luck they need to succeed. In this way, The Internship is a run-of-the-mill culture-clash story which plays out very predictably. The fresh geeks will teach the ‘interlopers’ a thing or two about being up to date and the toppies teach the nerds that life experience always trumps knowing thousands of lines of code by heart.
The Internship is a very optimistic comedy film that overlooks the realities of recession unemployment and paints a far more picture-perfect fable. It would have been that contrast between seriousness and comedy that may have given this film the same razor edge as Wedding Crashers but with Google as a main sponsor for the film, the director and writers seemed more preoccupied with creating an advertising campaign rather than a superior comedy. Nonetheless, the film still fulfills what it sets out to do and definitely packs the laughs it requires.
About Martin Rutkowski
Martin Rutkowski is a recent graduate from AFDA Film School with an Honours degree in Directing and Screen-writing. He has two ears and one mouth and listens twice as much as he speaks. For him, home is wherever there is a darkened room, a projector and a good film playing and finds nothing more spiritual than cinema. Martin would love nothing more than to spread his passion for films (and maybe give an opinion or two) whilst pursuing several screen-writing projects.