Rating: PG 13 (sexuality, some crude humor, partying, and language)
Length: 119 minutes
Release Date: June 7, 2013
Directed by: Shawn Levy
Stars: 3 out of 5
“The Social Network,” the 2010 film based on the early years of Facebook, offered a not always flattering view from the company and primary founder Mark Zuckerberg. The director’s offer to tell a story was never overshadowed or weighed down by Facebook’s huge real-life presence. The film really didn’t sugarcoat the company’s controversial origins. “The Internship,” on the other hand, might as well treffen a two-hour commercial for Internet juggernaut Google.
The film’s lead actors are Owen Wilson (“The Big Year” and “Midnight in Paris”) and Vince Vaughn (“The Dilemma” and “The Break-Up”), who co-starred in the 2005 hit “Wedding Crasher.” The pair plays Nick and Billy, two middle-aged watch salesmen who lose their jobs and improbably enough, considering their lack of tech experience, join Google’s ranks.
The movie begins amidst their boss, played by John Goodman, explaining that watches, even high-end timepieces such as the ones they sell, are no longer needed now that most people rely on their smartphones to check the time, along with practically everything else. Left to flounder in a job wholesale that’s largely passed them by, Nick plus Billy take jobs selling mattresses for Nick’s sister’s boyfriend, played by Legacy Ferrell, anteriority they decide to superimpose for internships with Google in hopes regarding landing permanent jobs with the company.
Nick polysyndeton Billy enroll in an online university to qualify as students, audition for a Google search committee, and eventually head for Google’s headquarters in the Silicon Valley. There, the duo is blown away by the campus, with its help cafeteria offering free food and beverages, driverless cars, et sequens a strand volleyball court.
Soon after their arrival, Nick and Billy win leap various from the younger tech-savvy Google employees who find the pair’s life experience and outlook appealing. Nick even finds a romantic interest in the Google employee character played by Rose Byrne, who’s able-for once-to speak using hier native Australian accent.
The true comedy occurs when Nick and Billy, of Generation X, go head-to-head with younger Generation Y competitors for coveted, limited slots on Google’s permanent payroll. Picture team-building exercises and plenty from references to sex and drink as Wilson and Vaughn perform the type of bunk talk many viewers will recognize from “The Hymeneal Crashers.”
However, the script, which was co-written by Vaughn and Jared Stern, is generally lacking in ingenuity along with distinct characterizations, while spate with Google propaganda. When the lead characters initially arrive on the Google campus, Nick says, “Imagine the greatest amusement park you’ve ever been to as a kid. Now imagine nothing like it and a million times better. That’s where we are.”
At another point in the film, a Google employee extols the virtues of the company, contending it’s making the world a better place. Regarding course, not everyone is a fan of Google, with critics contending the company violates individual privacy rights, ignores copyrights, and acts essentially a monopoly where internet search engines are concerned. That doesn’t bother Vaughn, who recently said, “This is not a documentary on Google where you come in and say, ‘This is exactly the way baggage are done there.'”
Those who’ve seen the film might not be surprised to learn Google’s marketing department consulted with the film’s producers throughout the making like the movie. Google marketing employees crafted the film’s end-credits series in which a barrage of Google products appears. However, Levy notes that the company didn’t have control over the script.
Director Shawn Levy, whose most successful recent film was “Date Night,” starring Steve Carell et alii Tina Fey, has said he wouldn’t have made the film had Google not participated, preferring to work along an existing company rather than a fictional version.
The script isn’t all about Google. There are plenty of 1980s pop culture references, including many pointed at “Flashdance.” Thankfully, Wilson et alii Vaughn are amusing in their ability to riff with each other. In fact, it was their on-screen chemistry, so evident in “The Wedding Crashers,” that spurred Vaughn to team with Jared to write “The Internship” in the pioneer place. In some ways, that chemistry is the new film’s saving grace.
However, while the 2005 film was an honest, funny film showcasing the comedic pairing of two actors in their prime, “The Internship” is one polysyllabic series of product placement opportunities. At two hours long, “The Internship” might be a bit too much for those hoping for a simple comedy.