While the film suffers from bad-trailer-ites (a decent film overshadowed by a poor trailer), the new Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson vehicle, The Internship, plugs in the right search and repeatedly clicks on my funny bone, making it one of the best comedies so far this summer (gosh that was a terrible string of puns).
The Internship follows two recently unemployed, old fashion, tech virgin’s salesman Billy and Nick (Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson respectively) as they venture into the unknown world of Google as interns. The two interns, and their team of lovable outcasts, must compete against younger computer geniuses in various competitions to win a few jobs at the company.
This plot, which is nothing complex or original, serves to set up various scenes that relate (make fun of sometimes) nerd culture and let the leads be their charismatic, funny self. For example, the stand out scene in the film involves the gang going to brain storm an app at a strip club. We see in this scene how sheltered and sexually inexperienced nerds handle themselves outside of their comfort zone. I understand my description undersells it, but the scene has many great comedic beats — particularly involving the best character of the film Yo-Yo — that had me laughing out loud. I won’t ruin it for you, but this cliche environment is handled with the right tone and enough charisma to make it truly enjoyable.
As in Wedding Crashers (Vaughn and Wilson’s last great hit together,) charisma of the leads and the interesting locations (who else loves Chaz’s creepy house in Weeding Crashers) really are the driving forces for what makes this film work. In The Internship, Google’s campus is our location and serves as interesting back drop for the film’s shenanigans. In fact, even when the film slows down, the highly detailed campus ensures that the film is always engaging. While I have my reservations for why Google was chosen– *cough* shameless promotion *cough*– being on the Google lot was fun and allowed me to forget about the possible sinister reasons for this choice.
While I’ve focused mostly on the good, this film is by no means perfect. In fact it has googles of problems, like the cookie cutter and predictable plot, the subplot involving Rose Byrne, which is one note, unfunny and boring (come on Rose Byrne, you’re better than this type of role), and the extremely forgettable characters (what was the Indian girl’s name again)?
Even with these problems, the film remains funny and I’m happy to report that a Vince Vaughn movie finally made me laugh again (I’m looking at you The Watch). So if you’re thinking of skipping The Internship because it looks like an unfunny, long-winded Google commercial — you’re wrong — The Internship is a very funny, long-winded Google commercial.
50 – Film-social.com
See it at Matinee or on Netflix with a group of friends to laugh together.
Directed by: Shawn Levy
Written by: Vince Vaughn & Jared Stern
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson & Rose Byrne.