The Internship

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By Joseph Saulnier

In The Internship, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play Billy and Nick, two men in a profession that is sorely outdated. They are watch salesmen in a world where more people use their cell phones as time pieces than hunks of metal/plastic on their wrists. When their company shuts down because of this, Billy and Nick suddenly realize they don’t have any real skills, other than being excellent salesmen. Nick accepts a job working for his sister’s tatted-up boyfriend in a mattress store, while Billy is recovering from being unceremoniously dumped by his girlfriend after their house goes into foreclosure. So in a desperate bid to find jobs online, Billy stumbles across an unlikely possibility for the two of them: an internship at Google.

The movie plays out the way any other buddy comedy might. They somehow land the gig, fight adversity, teach a few life lessons along the way, and have the tough defining moments for each character. However, despite this formulaic plot, the movie was very funny and entertaining. From the smarmy British intern who spends the movie antagonizing the 40-something duo, to the two’s intern team, there is a great deal of comedy in the movie.

Vaughn and Wilson should be the most entertaining and funny in the movie, but you have to give credit to these two veterans. They really did allow their supporting cast to shine. Josh Brener, Dylan O’Brien, Tobit Raphael and Tiya Sircar all have hilarious laugh-out-loud scenes as Billy and Nick’s intern team. Josh Gad and Aasif Mandvi also steal the scenes they are in during the course of the movie.

Throw in legitimate tech jargon, real world technology, and the fact that this was actually filmed on location at the Google campus, and you have a pretty great movie. The only issue I had with the film was they did not play too much into the intern team’s story too much. For example, there was a nice wrap up for Sircar’s character that didn’t make sense. They talked about her issue some in the movie, but the resolution for her character was just never built up to, it kind of just happened and seemed out of place. But, this could be because I am a guy and don’t pick up on some of those things. My friend that saw the movie with me said I was crazy.

Overall, this movie exceeded my expectations. I came into expecting Fox to be grabbing at the success of Wedding Crashers. But in reality, this movie does well in standing on its. Coming in at one hour fifty-nine minutes, it is a bit long compared to today’s comedy standards, but you will never notice it. I know it kept our theater laughing the whole time. Definitely worth the watch. On my “would I buy it” scale (which has three levels No, DVD and Blu Ray), it is definitely worth the Blu Ray.

4 stars out of 5

Second review
By James Sabata

Billy (Vaughn) and Nick (Wilson) are two watch salesmen, who run out of time, finding that watches have been replaced in the digital world, and so have they. To make matters worse, Billy comes home to a foreclosure notice and news that his girlfriend is leaving him. With no idea what else to do with his life, he convinces his good friend Nick that they should move to San Francisco and become interns at Google, on the off chance they are rewarded with jobs. They must compete with people half their age, but, like with all movies like this, the two generations are able to learn from one another and become a well oiled machine by the time the credits roll.

First, let me say I really enjoyed this movie. With that being said, there are some actual issues with the film (aside from the idea of people being able to live in Silicon Valley without a steady flow of income). The movie feels a little long in parts. They could have cut fifteen minutes to make it flow a little better. The constant product placement of Google becomes almost annoying at times. And, while it is incredibly rare that a company like Google so fully cooperates with the creation of a film featuring their company, it is glaringly obvious that their involvement led to a toned down, whitewashed version of how the film could have played out using a fictional version of Google instead.

While some will inevitably say the film plays it safe too often to keep the PG-13 rating (including a trip to a strip club where no one is ever nude), I for one thought it was refreshing to see that a comedy could maintain the laughter without succumbing to the usual bodily fluids gags, nudity, and constant need for earmuffs. It left enough to the imagination to entertain everyone without insisting on crossing lines there was no reason to cross.

Even with its faults, this movie is definitely worth seeing. If I seem a little down on the movie, it’s solely because sharing the reasons I liked it would include spoilers. The interactions between Vaughn and Wilson (and minor characters like John Goodman and Will Ferrell) kept me laughing throughout the film from the time Vaughn sings in the car in the opening scene right up through the unique ending credits sequence. If you’re looking for a movie full of twists, unpredictability, and character growth, this isn’t for you, but you’re looking for an entertaining joyride with two old friends who make you feel a part of their world, get out and see The Internship as soon as you can.