Release Date: June 7, 2013
Watched: June 7, 2013
Review: June 10, 2013
Director: Shawn Levy
Starring: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Rose Byrne
The Filmster Rating:
Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn don’t return for a Wedding Crashers sequel but instead we get a comedy with few laughs, and a Google product placement film.
Billy(Vince Vaughn) and Nick(Owen Wilson) two salesman who lost their jobs because of the digital world and the business they worked for was forced to shut down. Since the two friends are just about over-the-hill, their job options are slim to none. Billy comes up with an idea for both of them to interview for an internship at Google that would eventually lead them to a full-time job. Even though neither one of them have any computer skills or knowledge, they go ahead anyways to enter the internship program. The two are teamed up with intelligent young interns and the group must win a series challenges in order for them to land a full-time job at Google. With the life experiences of Billy and Nick and the minds of the rest of the group, they must come together and overcome their obstacles to land those jobs.
The Internship is basically a watered down version of the Wedding Crashers. It just about follows the same formula of the Wedding Crashers. Owen and Vince are best friends that do everything together, Vince is the obnoxious one and Owen is the laid back one that falls in love. The two go through an obstacle and towards the end they have a fall out, and one of them has to get the other back with a “bromance” speech. Unlike Wedding Crashers, this film does not bring you a lot of laughs mainly because it’s plagued by its own trailer. This is one of those movies that they show all the funny parts in trailers and when you see the movie it’s not funny anymore.
As expected Owen and Vince work well together but its the script that their given that fails them. They rarely said anything funny and Vince was over-the-top with all his 80s references. Owen was his typical comedy romantic as he and Rose Byrne showed some nice chemistry. The film did had a few good moments, one that had a cameo with Will Farrell and with his small moment he ended up being the funniest guy in the film. There was a strip club scene that was a lot of fun to watch too. At the end, the film has a certain charm that will keep you from totally disliking it, so you won’t feel like you wasted your time.
The Internship will give you a lot of Google but not a lot of laughs that will make it disappointing comedy film of the year.
“The Internship” is an innocuous comedy filled with platitudes about believing in yourself and working together as a team. It features sporadic doses of mild humor between inoffensive plot points. It’s not something I call highly recommend” – Fogs’ Movie Reviews
“Unrealistic set-up aside, for every scene in The Internship that works, there are two more that really don’t and the uneven result will make it difficult to many viewers to rise above the level of mild enjoyment.” – Rorschach Reviews
“The Internship‘s problem isn’t just that it isn’t funny, but never knows it isn’t so instead of actually trying to go somewhere else with it’s story, it continues to hammer in the fact that Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, at one time, were hilarious dudes that you just had to see no matter what film they were in. Problem is, times have changed and so has the laughs.” – Dan The Man’s Movie Reviews