Movie Review: The Internship
I just sat through a 2 hour commercial for Google. The Internship takes the comedic duo of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, tones them down to PG-13 level and sells you on Google at every turn. What you see is what you get, but that doesn’t make it a bad movie.
The 40-something duo have just found out that their sales company went belly up and they try to figure out a new opportunity. Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) manage to end up in the Google Internship program. At the end of the program one team ends up with a guaranteed job at Google. What we end up with is a team of the duo, Neha (Tiya Sircar) the geeky girl who has ideas about how things are in the real world but no actual experience; Stuart (Dylan O’Brien) a guy who’s android phone is glued to his hand; Yo-Yo (Tobit Raphael), homeschooled until the end of 12th grade and breastfed till age 7, he’s afraid of everything but more importantly his mother; and Lyle (Josh Brener) the 23 year old Google employee who mentors them when he’s stuck with the leftovers.
The Internship doesn’t spend its entire time being a Google commercial. There’s some genuine parts, its clear that the college kids all see the old guys as dinosaurs. The see themselves as on a team with their parents. The kids are cynical, depressed and unhappy even though they are smart. It paints the millenia kids the exact same way that they are stereotyped and it paints the Gen-Xers as those who have enjoyed life but might not have what they want to show for it. It also shows that although they seem like they are in the exact same place Billy and Nick are quite different in terms of knowledge and ability. Are they both amazing salespeople? Absolutely but Nick would be able to move forward much easier that Billy can. And because it needs to be done, there’s a Will Ferrell cameo. Also starring are Rose Byrne as Dana an older google employee who catches Nick’s eye, and Aasif Mandvi as Mr. Chetty the head of the intern program.
I watched this with the teen and she loved the movie. I get that she’s part of the target audience. The movie ends up filtering some of the more adult jokes, so they are implied without being overt. The language is a bit colorful, nothing your average middle schooler or older hasn’t heard or most likely said out of your earshot, yes including f-bombs. It also makes Google look like that place they want in a future employer. She came home and was watching a real internship video on YouTube that night. The Internship is pretty good underneath all the Google advertising. I did find the Google helpdesk phone bank completely bullshit, the worse thing you can ever expect is actual help from a google employee on a google product. The forums are filled with average people who answer because Google never does and calls end up nowhere. I felt like there was a subliminal message in the back to remind you of Google’s motto “Don’t be Evil”. Regardless I did still enjoy it for the mild laughs. Strictly from a Vince and Owen perspective this is a watered down version of them. Depending on how you feel about the duo might influence you likelihood to see this.
My Rating: Matinee
Director: Shawn Levy
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: June 7, 2013
Run time: 119 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13