Review No. 512
Challenge: “Internalize” your laughter.
DIRECTED BY SHAWN LEVY. PRODUCED BY LEVY AND VINCE VAUGHN. SCREENPLAY BY VAUGHN AND JARED STERN. STORY BY VAUGHN. STARRING VAUGHN (BILLY McMAHON), OWEN WILSON (NICK CAMPBELL), ROSE BYRNE (DANA), MAX MINGHELLA (GRAHAM HAWTREY), JOANNA GARCIA (MEGAN), JOHN GOODMAN (SAMMY BOSCOE), DYLAN O’BRIEN (STUART TWOMBLY), AND JESSICA SZOHR (MARIELENA). ALSO STARRING JOSH BRENER, TOBIT RAPHAEL, BRUNO AMATO, B.J. NOVAK, AASIF MANDVI, TIYA SIRCAR, JOSH GAD, ROB RIGGLE, AND WILL FERRELL. FEATURING A CAMEO APPEARANCE FROM SERGEY BRIN. DISTRIBUTED BY 20TH CENTURY FOX ON JUNE 7, 2013. PRODUCED IN ENGLISH BY THE UNITED STATES. RUNS 1 HOUR, 59 MINUTES. NOT FOR ALL AGES, DUE TO SUBJECT MATTER, PROFANITY, AND SEXUAL SITUATIONS.
THE INTERNSHIP WAS WATCHED ON JULY 1, 2013.
“I look at Google and think they have a strong academic culture. Elegant solutions to complex problems.” –Mark Zuckerberg
The Internship is the feel-good movie of the year. I know it sounds crazy, but feel free to quote me on it. How a movie like such has been out in the open for over three weeks, and is just coming close to breaking even at the box office, is beyond me. But let’s admit it that the trailer was indeed fun, and at a mere estimate, the movie itself is ten times more. Remember when I said The Intouchables was the best time I’d ever had at the movies? I can’t call The Internship a close second, because I do feel as if I’d seen it before, but it’s enthusiasm leads me to believe it’s somewhere in the top ten.
The movie is fun for anyone who can let loose and accept the script for what it is. Vince Vaughn co-wrote the screenplay with Jared Stern; Vaughn is also credited for the story, which makes me think that Stern needed the equal credit of writing the jokes. It’s almost as if one man realized he had an overload of Google jokes up his sleeve, and another man came up with a story to complement it. Yet when the story is shoved in-between so many great laughs, it feels half-baked. Is becoming an intern for Google really as simple as getting in front of a webcam one has no knowledge of, lying about a current enrollment in Phoenix University, and turning a single interview question into an analogy about one’s need for a Google internship? Would the interview question even be something like, “If you were shrunken to the size of nickels and dropped in a blender, what would you do?”
This is part buddy comedy, part fish-out-of-water comedy fit for the tech era. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson have perfect chemistry as co-workers (co-interns?), and separately, they have much to offer, as well. They play two fortysomethings who worked with each other as salesmen for years. It’s not until they’re out at dinner with an old pal that they first learn their business is no longer. When they go searching for jobs, they find no good careers and one good internship at Google. The program lasts for one whole summer and, by the end of the summer, only a few lucky interns will be able to proceed and work at Google. Could this mean that Billy (Vaughn) and Nick (Wilson) are future Google employees? Or could this mean that in just a few months, they’ll be looking for jobs yet again?
In mind, the movie is rather obvious, but in the lungs, it never misses a beat. The idea that two interns at Google know nothing about technology, never gets old. The bad news is, Vince Vaughn and Jared Stern have written an entirely predictable screenplay, where you know everything that’ll happen within the first thirty minutes. The good news is, the movie is entertaining and, in fact, memorable for the countless laughs it has in stock.