The Internship

STORY BY Talia Aroshas

Published: July 10, 2013

It is no secret that finding a respectable, well-paid job in this day and age is quite the challenge.  As opposed to our predecessors who were, more or less, promised careers of grandeur and prestige upon their college under graduate graduation, we, as a generation, doggy paddle in a job pool so narrow, it’s as though we lack the proper education to swim.

And where does this fit into Vince Vaughn’s newest cinematic endeavor called, The Internship? Well, it’s pretty much the entire premise of the movie.

The Internship, written by Vince Vaughn and directed by Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum), follows the story of Bill McMahon (Vince Vaughn) and Nick Campbell (Owen Wilson); two talented salesmen with a knack for persuasion and propitiate flattery, they find themselves unemployed and out of luck when their employer suddenly goes out of business.  Down, out, and desperate, Nick soon takes work as a mattress salesman, while Bill sets his eyes on a larger prize: Google. Soon enough, and with only the greatest finesse of sales talent, Bill is able to convince Nick to leave his paid job for a summer internship at Google that might lead to a job.

A great percentage of the humor obviously comes from the fact that here, in a sea of young 20 somethings fighting for a job at this highly esteemed metropolis, there are also two out of work middle age men with, seemingly, less expertise and experience than their non-peers. An obvious joke, it is one that is played on quite abusively by a snooty Brit named, Graham (Max Minghella) who also happens to be an intern; his character’s quip’s are some of the smartest in the film.

Clever in concept, the film, unfortunately, fails to deliver much originality or charisma on screen—even despite the lovable likeness of its two lead actors.  As opposed to the quirky, memorable, daring humor found in their previous comedic collaboration, Wedding Crashers, The Internship seems to waste their pizzazz on a script that is formulaic, predictable, corny, and, well, rather boring. As with most failed comedies, the best jokes are in the previews. And let’s face it, I see so many movies that by the time this one had finally come out, I had the preview memorized.

The film isn’t a complete waste—there are a few enjoyable pop culture references, and it is also nice to see that even the brightest of the bunch struggle with the intimidation of the competition and worry of their future. Also, Dylan O’Brien is totally adorable.

If you enjoy popcorn, quiditch, and forced laughter, then by all means, see this movie. If anything, it’s worth it just to see the amazing offices that are those of the Google geniuses. 

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