Dr. Donna Copeland’s
I found this movie very difficult to sit through, primarily because it is not funny. I cannot laugh at two middle-aged salesmen losing their jobs and somehow, without any knowledge of computer work, making it at Google. It is too far-fetched, first of all, but the story implies that by corrupting the young people on their team, taking them out to party when they are supposed to be working on their project, that they can still win the prize. Come on! What kind of model is that for young people? Yes, I know, it is supposed to be a comedy and not reality-based in the least, but in that case I do not see the point of it.
Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, and John Goodman have done their acts so many times, they have all the marks of a retread. They play their parts well, and shouldn’t they with so much practice? Their teammates (ably played by Josh Brener, Dylan O’Brien, Tiya Sircar, and Tobit Raphael) are appealing in their nerdiness, and even though they are stereotypical, we begin to care about them and start rooting for them after a while. It is repulsive, though, to see self-actualization experiences brought on by a night on the town.
The filmmakers tried to insert some redeeming values into the story, such as having the Vaughn and Wilson duo inspire the other interns, point out their strengths, and help them enjoy life a little more, and for that I was grateful. And I could buy their using their salesmanship for the last prize. What was laughable (in the wrong way) was the Vaughn character being able to learn enough in one night to man a Google help desk the next day.
Another formula item thrown in is Owen Wilson’s character romancing Dana (Rose Byrne), a Google executive. Another absurdity in which he proves he can match years of bad dates in one night—and he wins her heart. Yeah, sure.
Bottom line: A formula-driven film that pulls for cheap laughs and has little redeeming value. I hope it is more harmless than I think it is. Grade: D
VINCE VAUGHN OWEN WILSON ROSE BYRNE MAX MINGHELLA JOHN GOODMAN
I have never enjoyed films that have the sole purpose to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, because the only real way to do that is to throw nothing but unrealistic, heart warming gestures and acceptance at you. The Internship is, unfortunately, directed by Shawn Levy, who has become the go-to guy when it comes to these “feel-good” movies. Reel Steel, Date Night, The Pink Panther--Levy is the person we have to thank for all those horribly forgettable films, and The Internship only makes that list one item longer. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are here doing exactly what they get paid to do every time, act immature, save the day, and bask in the glow of their stupidity.
Out of their sales jobs because technology has changed everything, best friends and business partners Billy (Vaughn) and Nick (Wilson) head to San Francisco where they have nabbed an internship with Google. Amazed at the latest technology that they know nothing about, they are picked last when teams are assigned. The group who scores the highest points in the challenging tasks given to them over their course will win full-time employment. By far the oldest of the interns, Billy and Nick rally their team full of misfits with the ability to think out of the parameter of the technology-ruled young-man’s world.
The first scene that starts the irreversible nose-dive headed towards a crash landing is the blender-type of conversation in the online interview to apply for the internship. You know how SNL almost always has at least one skit that runs too long and is never funny--The Internship is filled with those moments. Holes in the script, like Byrne’s sassy, uptight character telling Nick he should Google things instead of asking her questions, made me wonder why the all-knowing administration didn’t Google Billy and Nick and determine that they had lied about everything in their application.
If there is one funny and smart scene in the film, it would only be the X-Men/Professor X gag, which you have already partially seen in the trailer. But then, on the other hand, assuming that a 40 year-old man doesn’t know who Professor X is or what X-Men are, is possibly the most unrealistic thing in the entire script; and yes, the irony of Byrne being an X-Men cast member is noted. The Internship goes on to borrow Harry Potter, Flashdance and other movie references, but it’s never funny, amusing or even intelligent. The Internship isn’t a great film, nor a terrible one, it’s just really flat, boring and full of stuff you have already seen.
Final Thought – an updated freshman’s first day at college script that goes nowhere.
By: Dustin Chase