The Internship (2013)

The Internship (2013)
  • Time: 119 min
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Director: Shawn Levy
  • Cast: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne, John Goodman, Will Ferrell


Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) are salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital world. Trying to prove they are not obsolete, they defy the odds by talking their way into a coveted internship at Google, along with a battalion of brilliant college students. But, gaining entrance to this utopia is only half the battle. Now they must compete with a group of the nation’s most elite, tech-savvy geniuses to prove that necessity really is the mother of re-invention.


  • Why Google ever agreed to actively cooperate on this god awful insult to it’s own name will forever remain a mystery to me. The story is a copy and paste of the typical from zero to hero, loser to winner bullshit story you all must be sick to death of by now. You get punched in the face with every imaginable clichĂ© about computer nerds and group stereotypes. There were so many contrivances to create laughs, and the film failed on every count. There was one scene with Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and Will Farrell that tried to revive “Wedding Crashers”, but was so lacking in humor, it was truly grotesque, and completely mean-spirited… Clearly, I do not recommend this!

  • “Can we talk about the on the line thing for a minute?”

    Vince & Owen, the witty American duo. They performed together in “The Wedding Crashers”. Same routine, the same way of complementary conversations. Now they don’t infiltrate at a wedding where they pretend to be family-related, but they infiltrate a high-tech company, Google, where they pretend to fit perfectly into the club of whiz kids who hang out there. Who says this is not a very devious way to put your business into the picture for the commercial part of our society, may join the large group of people who got fooled by the mega-company Google.

    As a comedy I thought it was terribly disappointing. How is it that this movie gets a 6.4 on IMDB ? Very simple , it’s pure American humor. And sorry, I don’t exactly like that kind of humor all the time. It is a sequence of (would-be) tricky witticisms and puns. The volumes of conversations were so colossal that the subtitles sometimes could not follow so I needed to rewind several times because I had missed almost a full chapter of the two jokers their flood of words. And I wasn’t laughing out loud a lot during the entire movie either. Not even a micro minute of the film. Bewildered, I read comments such as : “The movie was great from beginning to end. I laughed harder than I have in any recent comedy I’ve seen in the theater.”. I fear that this person hasn’t seen a lot of comedies in his life.

    Now about the predictable events and cliches. This was a succession of predictable cliches. I admit that not all comedies can have an original design and get a new record in the category “comedy”. But this was really annoyingly bad and deeply sad. From miles away you could already see it coming how it would end. The mentor who strongly dislikes the two newcomers from the beginning and uses every opportunity to make fun of them and obviously finally turned out to be the one who believed in them, because he had to start from scratch also once and also saw that spark in them. Owen meets Dana by chance, and you know immediately that this will result into something passionately. The fact that they get stuck stuck with a bunch of nerds, they will teach moral values​ so they start believing in themselves and making the victory a reality, was also obvious. Then there is the arrogant brilliant opponent who makes you look like a fool all the time but in the is the poor sucker again. After that one of them gives up because he starts realizing that maybe afteral it was a big mistake to show up there, and then triumphantly returns to retrieve the loot. Sigh … Terrible ….

    The most irritating character in the whole movie was Lyle. A terrible ADHD type of guy who probably made the most effort of all to look like a comedian and be as funny as hell. Would I be there personally, I would have certainly thrown my iPad to his head after 5 minutes.

    It’s indeed a modern and newer version of “Revenge of the Nerds”, but oh so bad …

  • Slated as an early June release, The Internship tells the story of two guys (wrist watch salesmen I’m thinking) who lose their jobs to the unfortunate medium of technology and decide to travel to California. Their objective: Get jobs at Google and start a new life. The two best friends (Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as Billy and Nick respectively) are much older than all the interns at the Google factory and feel out of place at first. But they inject a sort of teamwork aspect that their “Big Brother” team somewhat lacks. This sets off a chain of events and brings everybody closer to their goal of getting full time gigs at what Billy states is “the best job in America.”

    So after viewing The Watch (unnecessarily rated R junk) and The Dilemma (a dark and restless vehicle trying to pass off as comedy), I was a little skeptical about taking in the latest quote unquote “Vince Vaughn movie.” I’ve been critical of this guy in the past because he relentlessly gives the same performance over and over (it started with Old School and he hasn’t looked back since). As a result, I’d be lying if I said I had high expectations venturing into the theater to see The Internship. But wouldn’t you know it, this film surprised me. It is a refreshing, lightweight comedy that piles on good, solid palatable laughs. Its got a lot of characters in it that win you over. And its got Owen Wilson on board to compliment his best bud Vaughn. Because of this, Vaughn automatically becomes a much more likable actor this time around. The two of them echo back to their Wedding Crashers days by basically playing the same characters (it’s like their always on a mission), having sort of similar adventures (Owen gets to be smooth with the ladies again), and making all of us laugh wholeheartedly.

    But let’s be honest, The Internship is no masterpiece. Much of what happens in it does not permeate to real life (there’s maybe a 10% chance these guys would be hired at this particular organization full of genius code breakers). This flick feels more like a fantasy than a dose of surmised reality (the term “it’s only a movie” applies here like you wouldn’t believe). Overall though, this motion picture just wants to have fun. It tells a good story (not a true one mind you), has an outrageous Will Ferrell cameo, and caters to the whole Vaughn/Wilson chemistry thing. And although The Internship strives to be great but comes up a little short, that’s okay because it defines the word “harmless.” It also has a breeziness to it that’s contagious. With the exception of a little too much improvisation from the cast (they talk real fast like they’re in old 50’s movies), what’s on screen still gets my recommendation. Reason being is that it sets a gold standard for a PG-13 laugh fast. It does this by teetering on the brink of R rated movie fare while thankfully not going over the edge. It’s a welcome surprise when you can giggle and snarl in the theater without the abundance of cuss words.

    With the summer movie season concluding over three months ago, The Internship doesn’t quite fit the mold of a huge bloated blockbuster like we see every year (yes I’m talking about Transformers). But for what it’s worth, I enjoyed myself for two straight hours. It’s not easy to make a film where everything comes together perfectly (you know script, direction, editing, music, etc…). So to sum up my review, I’d say yes, this film has many flaws. But for laughable escapist entertainment, it undoubtedly does the trick.

    Rating: 3 out of 4 stars

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