Starring : Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne, Aasif Mandhvi, Max Minghella, Josh Brener, Dylan O’Brien, Tiya Sircar, Tobit Raphael
Director : Shawn Levy
Release Date : 12 Sep 2013
The likeable combo of Vince Vaugh and Owen Wilson are back in a quirky comedy that champions the underdog.
THE wedding crashers are back, yo! Except maybe we should call them the Google-crashers instead. Because that’s what Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) do in The Internship.
Billy and Nick are two salesmen who use their “people skills” – charm and sales technique – to sell watches. In trying to close a sale with a big client one night, they find out (to their shock and dismay), that their company has shut down. Why? Because kids don’t wear watches anymore. Or rather, no one wears watches anymore – as evidenced by their boss’s secretary. Billy and Nick suddenly find themselves without a job, and out in a world that has left analogue behind and embraced digital instead.
While Nick finds a job working for his sister’s boyfriend’s mattress store, Billy comes home to a foreclosed home and a girlfriend who has had enough. Depressed and looking for “jobs for people with no skills”, Billy has an inspiration and looks for work at “the best place to work in America” – Google. Only Google isn’t actually hiring for jobs, it’s hiring for interns, where the winning team is offered a permanent job at Google.
Anybody watching this movie will realize that Google is everywhere. But then, what would you expect from a movie that is bankrolled by Google, and even has a split-second cameo by one of Google’s founders? That doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a bad thing. There are many moments throughout the movie that will make you want to work there. There’s free food, laundry’s done for you, the cars go about on autopilot and the campus is beautiful. What’s not to like?
Vaughn and Wilson are the perfect team; the chemistry these two have is amazing, and it’s easy to see how The Wedding Crashers became such a huge hit. They give you much of the same in The Internship, which is pretty funny despite its flaws.
The scene where Billy and Nick interview for the internship has got to be one of the best parts of the movie. Mashing their faces together and shouting into the computer during their Google Hangout interview despite the fact that their interviewers are telling them that they can see and hear them just fine is hilarious. This is followed by the hypothetical blender discussion that will have the audience in fits.
One thing that was a little off-putting about the movie was the clichéd team that Nick and Billy find themselves in. There’s their project manager Lyle (Josh Brener), a nerdy guy who has no game; Yo-Yo Santos (Tobit Raphael), a home-schooled boy whose mother takes the term “tiger mom” to a whole new level; Stuart (Dylan O’Brien), who is your typical teen who prefers his electronics to the real world; and Neha (Tiya Sircar), a nerdy geek who loves roleplay.
While these actors portray their characters well (Raphael in particular, as the slowly-coming-into-his-own Yo-Yo) it would have been interesting to see a different set of individuals rather than the stereotypical losers that no one wants to be friends with.
The same goes for Rose Byrne’s character, Dana. She is so focused on her career that she has no personal life, spending all her time on the Google campus (who can blame her?), and has all but given up on love.
The film’s 119-minute runtime might also be a bit too long, as there are some parts that move a little slowly, which doesn’t earn the movie any points.
Vaughn’s Billy is also sometimes really over the top. For a guy who is supposed to be a salesman with excellent people skills and charm, Vaughn sometimes slips from being funny to annoying, making the audience wonder why anyone would buy anything from him – unless it’s just to make him stop talking.
Despite its flaws, The Internship is a quirky comedy that champions the underdogs. It is a fun, relaxing watch that delivers some pretty solid life lessons (“look at the view, not your phone”), some romance, and of course plenty of humour.
One thing is for sure, this movie is going to make you want to work at Google – the best place to work in America (and maybe the world). Watch out for the Harry Potter and X-Men references. You will never look at quidditch and Professor X the same way again.