The Internship (2013)

The Internship
Director: Shawn Levy
Writer: Vince Vaughn, Jared Stern
Cast: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Josh BrenerDylan O’BrienTiya Sircar, Tobit Raphael, Max Minghella, Rose Byrne, Aasif Mandvi, Josh Gad, Jessica Szohr, Rob Riggle, Eric André, Will Ferrell, John Goodman

Plot:
Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) have been salesmen and friends for their entire working life. But with the rise of the digital age, nobody really needs their services anymore. So they decide to start fresh – with an internship at Google. But not knowing anything about computers/the internet and competing with a whole lot of kids for the jobs might make everything a bit more difficult than they thought.

The Internship is fine. I basically saw it for Dylan O’Brien (though John Goodman and Max Minghella were a nice bonus) and if he hadn’t been in it and if I therefore hadn’t seen it, I probably wouldn’t have missed much. But it was entertaining enough.

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The Internship has its funny moments and its heart in the right place, so that’s something already. I also appreciated that both Billy and Nick are actual adults and not – as is so often the case in comedies – little boys trapped in men’s bodies. They take on fatherly roles in their group of interns and there’s none of that “being young at heart means being immature” nonsense. And honestly the film made me want to go on a date with Nick because that was just brilliant.

But the entire googliness of it all did get on my nerves rather quickly. I’m not one for strong corporate cultures that expect a whole lot of identification from their employees. I think that’s a bit creepy. And that the entire film was one giant job advertisement for google really annoyed me.

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It was also a bit disappointing on the Dylan O’Brien side of things. His character is among the supporting characters with the least screen time and when everybody is dancing there is too much water to really see him dance (and trust me, you wanna see him dance). At least Max Minghella was deliciously assholish.

But it just never really gained that much momentum. It’s entertaining while you see it but it’s not a film that sticks around.

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Summarizing: Decent entertainment.

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