The Internship Review
Despite its two likable leads, The Internship is a disappointing comedy.
Summer is a time in which Hollywood releases its most ambitious films – big budget sequels, action spectacles and any other sort of movie that can rake in hundreds of millions of dollars. However, somewhere amongst the summer craze there seems to always be one big comedy that emerges from obscurity and becomes a huge hit. Vince Vaughn is hoping that he attains that glory this year, for he has once again partnered with his Wedding Crashers co-star Owen Wilson for The Internship. With that in mind, is this story of middle-aged men competing against college students at Google the sort of comedy that theaters desperately need?
Billy McMahon (Vince Vaughn) and Nick Campbell (Owen Wilson) do not have many skills, but even so they are very successful watch salesmen and business partners. However, they are one day fired by their boss due to the lack of demand for their product that smartphones has caused. Now out of work, they desperately search for any sort of decently-paying job they can find. One day, Billy discovers an internship offered by Google; the catch is that they would be competing against other – and much younger – interns for positions at the company, so there would not be a guarantee for work. Even so, the two take the risk and move to San Francisco to participate in the internship that will determine the fate of their financial future.
The Internship seemed like a silly idea to me from the outset, but as a critic is my job to go into a film without expectations, so I remained optimistic for comedy gold. Unfortunately, this film is very formulaic, predictable, and simply not that funny at all. Sure, there are some funny moments in The Internship, but the issue is that the comedic material generally felt dragged out and forced. This is quite possibly a reflection of the runtime, which is strangely two hours as opposed to other – and much more successful – comedies that average at 90 minutes. I can’t say that The Internship is necessarily boring, for I was curious to see if the story went in any interesting directions, but the problem is that it didn’t. If you’ve seen a few comedies before, you will most likely predict everything in The Internship, for it’s as if Vince Vaughn and co-writer Jared Stern went through a comedy checklist during pre-production. All in all, The Internship is not a bad film by any means, but it is certainly a mediocre one, and its brand of humor did not appeal to me. At least it does shed some light on a sad truth, though – even if you graduate college with a great degree, it is still very difficult to find a decent job in our ever-recovering economy.
The biggest compliment I can lend to The Internship is that it stars two likable leads, and they are actually the reason why I could somewhat tolerate sitting in my seat. Vince Vaughn resorts to the same sort of fast talking comedy that he is known for, but it works for his role since he plays a salesman. The same also goes for Owen Wilson, although his character has a different personality. In fact, a great majority of the cast speak very quickly in The Internship, but this style of comedy works well for Vaughn and Wilson when considering their characters, and they’re a likable comedy team-up. Aside from those two leads though, most of the rest of the cast is unmemorable. Rose Byrne does fine enough here, but it’s a shame that she didn’t have much to do aside from being the obligatory comedy love interest. Other than those actors, the cast doesn’t do much to elevate the comedic material, and their attempts to emulate the fast line delivery of the stars just came across as annoying.
I am not necessarily condemning The Internship, for it does have a few entertaining scenes, and Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson help to at least make this film watchable. Even so, I find The Internship difficult to recommend since it failed to keep me laughing. In fact, I hardly remember laughing at all during this long, formulaic and predictable comedy. Well, at least if you do go see this film you will leave more interested in the Google workplace. Even then, you don’t need a two-hour long, unfunny advertisement that costs $10 to figure that one out.