Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Touch and Go.
Google this, google that. It’s what we do, oh yes it’s true. After watching two hours of The Internship, even I want to start advertising for the thing. Seriously, when is the last time that you watched a movie that was more or less a two-hour commercial? You have product placement, and then you have…this. I understand plot tools, believe me, but sometimes you just take it a little far…now I’m not saying it was the worst idea in the world, because it’s not. For what it was, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson did a fine enough job in The Internship.
The Internship is about a couple of guys by the name of Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) who are salesman who are little late in the game. They have expert knowledge in how to sell anything face-to-face, but the problem is apparently that no one wants that anymore. They are fired from their job and forced to find work elsewhere. Well, tired of bouncing from job to job, they look for a career, and find a possibility in Google, first as interns, which can possibly turn out to be a real job working for one of the leading companies in the world. The only problem is that being a salesman sometimes mean lying your way into a sale – and that doesn’t exactly fly by the technical advancements that Google requires. So they, and a group of other unpromising candidates face the top people in the field. The only thing they have that the others don’t is knowledge beyond technology…but is that enough?
I was maybe a bit harsh before on how much this film is a commercial for Google…while it is, there is a catch. Google is widely known, almost everything about it is common knowledge. The film may have thrown some things our way that we didn’t know about, like lesser-known Google apps, but for the most part, it was just the basic stuff, which allowed for the comedy of Vaughn and Wilson. The comedy, I will admit, is touch and go. Sometimes it really works and sometimes it falls flat on its face. I laughed hard in parts, and others I was completely lost, and I think it was because of one major flaw – Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are not in any shape or form…old or unknowledgeable in technology. I know it, you know it, we all know it, and so we can’t buy it.
The whole concept of the humor in this film relies on us believing these guys are old-timers. They don’t know anything about Harry Potter, they don’t know about Instagram, they don’t know anything about Google, and their technical term for the internet is “on the line”…no. I might have believed it, if say, Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman were in the leads, and the film was instead called “The Bucket List 2”, but not these guys. I love their chemistry and their humor, which does work about half the time, but any time they try to sound like geezers, I just don’t buy it.
The moral of the story is overwhelmingly to never give up on your dreams. Noble, but probably about the cheesiest and most overdone moral that has ever existed in film. As you can probably tell, there’s a lot that people can, and are able to, criticize the film over. It’s not perfect. It’s not even remotely close to perfect, but what it is – is entertaining. You can sit through the whole thing and enjoy it easily. It probably won’t stick with you in the long run, but it’s not a terrible flick.
The Internship is one of those films where it was done in a “just because” way, and is somewhat forgettable, but it does have some effective humor…which is really all you can ask for.