Friday, May 10, 2013

Review: The Internship

Release Date:  June 7, 2013
Running Time: About 115 minutes
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne
Who to see it with: Someone who loved Wedding Crashers or loves Google


The Internship follows Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as they try to get an internship (and ultimately a job) at Google.  The two, however, are technologically illiterate and competing against kids half their age and twice their geekiness.  Accomplishing this requires Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson to talk themselves into and out of problems.  The ad-lib style you saw in Wedding Crashers is in full force here.  It was funny in some parts; much better than I thought it would be.  There were plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and great jokes, but I also felt like I'd seen their style before.  Vince Vaughn's fast-talking alpha male and Owen Wilson's confused
but sweet friend have been in movies before.  Still, they're joined by a good group of supporting characters who provide laughs and some really quirky personalities.  And, despite feeling like I'd seen this before, Vaughn and Wilson are fun to watch.

Because the goal of the film is to secure a Google job, the company is prominently featured throughout the movie.  From shots of the Google campus, to in-depth information about all their products, to Google logos and "Googliness" everywhere, the company saturates the movie.  I know that movies always have input from corporations and individuals who influence the final product.  And sure, I love Google as much as everyone else (probably more than most people).  But at some point I wonder how much input the company had in the film.  The movie at times feels like you're watching a Google ad.  And although the Internship is a funny movie, I don't necessarily want to pay high theater prices to see a two hour Google commercial.

Rent it.


Google's presence was overwhelming at times. The hip, tech company setting provides a variety of fun characters, but there's a missed opportunity to poke fun at the corporate culture itself. It's weird when everyone and everything is targeted except the company itself. Vaughn and Wilson's humor feels familiar but they are less brash than usual, like nicer, goofier versions of their Weddings Crashers counterparts. The raunchiness is there, but mostly comes from their coworkers and fellow interns. If you like the actors or nonstop jokes,

Rent it.

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