The Internship – 3 out of 5
Ah, Google…where would I—no, where would we be without you? You help us settle absurdly pointless arguments about who was that one guy who was in that one movie with the guy and which state is on record as being the “dumbest”…and, of course, there’s the vast and massive (vassive!) amounts of porn you connect us to on a daily, hourly and minutely basis. Yes, we are only a few months away from worshiping you as our new deity. The first step is to immortalize you in a film where you are, essentially, the main character.
Salesmen Billy McMahon (Vince Vaughn) and Nick Campbell (Owen Wilson) are out of jobs and quickly becoming analog dinosaurs in an age of digital…um, what’s the new model of dinosaurs? Tigers? We’ll just say tigers. Anyway, they are in need of new jobs and their options are limited. On the verge of giving up, Billy is sitting at his computer and using Google to find jobs (and not porn but it’s a movie; suspension of disbelief here, people) when lightning strikes him right in the mental search engine. Billy types “Google” into Google (which, I’ve heard can actually break the internet) and decides that he and Nick need to enter into their internship program. Amazingly, they bullshit their way into the program and join up into a ragtag group that is competing against much more qualified individuals—like brainiac snob Graham (Max Minghella)—and they must now work like they’ve never worked before because the group that wins the competition set by one of Google’s higher ups; Mr. Chetty (Aasif Mandvi), will win their jobs as well.
|One of the challenges he gives the teams is editing him out of The Last Airbender.|
While The Internship has its moments that are genuinely funny, the movie is a by-the-numbers comedy with gags and jokes that have been seen repeatedly in other films (sometimes done better) and the basic formula of the story is overly familiar to the point you can call, with 100% accuracy, what turns the story and plot are going to take.
|Vaughn, in a shocking character twist, plays a man who is insightful, has lazy man charm,|
is incredibly nice and talks kinda fast.
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are a decent enough duo together. There’s no doubt they have a chemistry that is very apparent on the screen. They look and act very comfortably around each other and that helps make them look like besties and two dudes that have spent a lot of time working together. While they are still basically playing the same characters we usually see them as, they do their jobs in the film adequately and are capable of making even the most blatant and uncreative funny moment and make them mildly amusing. Except the much-overdone joke of the fact that the main characters are “old” and don’t understand technology. It wasn’t funny the first time it was done and it became increasingly less so after the 15th time…so, about 10 minutes in the joke wore out its welcome.
|They could have done less of those jokes and used more of beard-o here...|
if only for that beard.
The real killer, like I stated earlier, is the fact the film is predictable as all hell. From the moment it begins to the mid-credits sequence, the film is not much different from a lot of other generic comedies out there. Even the presence of John Goodman isn’t enough to help this film be anything but a sort of budget brand comedy…and we all know that John Goodman’s presence automatically improves all films by at least 75% percent (it’s science).
|Even the strongest can't make generic comedy anything less than generic...Goodman|
probably wasted most of his powers making The Hangover Part III watchable.
The film feels like someone took a Mad Lips story writing book and just filled in the nouns, verbs and other adjectives and came up with the film that way—only, instead of adding words like “butt,” “fart” and “penis” like you are SUPPOSE to use in Mad Lips, they just used words like “Google,” “Intern” and “Owen Wilson’s nose.”
|The nose gets its own producer credit now-a-days.|
The Internship even offers up the prerequisite love story that is completely unnecessary and utterly worthless to the tale of the middle age wisecrackers trying to start over in a world they know nothing about. The walking skeleton that desperately needs to eat a meal; Rose Byrne, plays a Google employee that becomes the smitten target of Owen Wilson’s character…and, in a move that surprised absolutely no one watching the film, she falls for his quirky, awkward whispering and squinting charm rather than flat out reject him or use his hair to dust her apartment like anyone would in real life. While I’m not against the idea of having a love side story added to a comedy, this was just one of those movies that plain didn’t need it because it did absolutely NOTHING to develop the character of Nick Campbell and just acted as something that looked like deleted scenes re-edited into the film in order to put the brakes on the developing friendship between Billy and Nick and the rest of the group.
|"Do you know where the cafeteria is so I can avoid it?"|
A majority of the characters are frighteningly one-dimensional and are not much different than character traits we’ve seen in other quirky nerd and geek characters from other mediums. For example, the entire group that Nick and Billy belong to are generic stereotypes of people that only a screenwriter would believe is trying to work for Google. You have the quiet nerd, the socially awkward nerd, the sexy geek girl who is literally every geek guys’ fantasy and the overworked Asian who is pushed by demanding parents to get a proper education and get a great job. While each of these characters are played well by their actors, it doesn’t change the fact that each of these characters lack anything dynamic about them—yes, even after they all go through their confidence change after speaking with the older and wiser characters of Billy and Nick (just another turn in the road that can be seen from the beginning of the trip), they are still just walking, talking nerd gags. In the end, these individuals were far less than characters and more like a single character trait printed out and glued to a cardboard cutout.
|It's not hard to figure out which geek cliche is which in this still.|
The Internship doesn’t do much to stand out. Most of the characters are flat and forgettable. The story is familiar and pretty much an industry standard that is about as fresh and invigorating in the genre of comedy as introducing a new flavor of oatmeal to the world. The jokes, while some enjoyable and worthy of genuine sounds of “Ha Ha” escaping my noise hole, were mostly rubbish that has been passed off as jokes in films for the last decade or two. While the film does add in a healthy dose of curse words and female mammories, the jokes felt like the writers were playing it safe and opted out from doing new material. That’s a majority of the movie really; playing it safe. The Internship does little to pave new ground or even develop the existing land that is the genre of comedy but it does offer up some amusing moments that make it at least watchable once.