THE INTERNSHIP (2013) : REVIEW

September 4, 2013

"Sometimes the long shots pay off the biggest."
Do you remember Wedding Crashers (2005)? Vince Vaughn had numerously paired with bunch of different actors, but not one matched his performance like Owen Wilson did in that movie. Now, director Shawn Levy is bringing back the striking duo into his newest baby, The Internship, but this time, they're crashing Google HQ.

After getting fired by their notorious boss (played by John Goodman) over cellphone's clock outshines watches, salesmen and bestfriend Billy McMahon (Vince Vaughn) and Nick Campbell (Owen Wilson) quickly found themselves unemployed, that until Billy scored an interview for internship at Google. Shortly after a brief and an awkward webcam-interview session, the 40-something-old technology-blind duo somehow got the chance to be one of the thousand candidates, which were dominated by tech-savvy college geeks, to compete against each other in some challenges, in order to score a permanent job at Google HQ. With the help of their much-younger tech-aware team : Stuart (Dylan O'Brien), Neha (Tiya Sircar), Yo-Yo Santos (Tobit Raphael) and the young babbling mentor Lyle (Josh Brener), Billy & Nick slowly fought their way into the winning position, against the other opposing teams, as well as the snobbish & cunning British genius Graham (Max Minghella), while finding their inner strength & love.

This movie offered nothing but stereotype. From zero to hero, from losing to winning, finding the perfect love, that type of stereotypes. The Internship spoiled the underdog aspect a lot. Everything was waaaayy too predictable and mainstream. Vaughn & Jared Stern's script felt so bland, lazy and uninspiring, exploiting too much familiarity beyond the limitation. The storytelling was flat, boring and way too neat, especially combined with the highly unnecessarry and too-long running times of 119 minutes. Another thing added, the approach of the tech aspects was downright corny & too forced; on this side, they said that your iPhone's clock helped you more than your Rolex, then on the other side, there were two guys who didn't know X-Men, Star Wars and apparently how to log-in to their g-mails and saying 'online' right. It was fun and enjoyable all right, especially coming from the recreation of Google's HQ, but that was it. It offered nothing new and fresh, nothing totally out of the box or some smart twists & surprises. It was enjoyable but highly forgettable.

The characters were also stereotypes, especially the supporting ones. They were not characterized well and underdeveloped. They did deliver amusing performances that we could actually like, but that was just another mainstream thing we accepted as human who sought for a little entertainment. The cameos (Will Ferrell and Rob Riggle) worth a cheer, but that was just another enlightment to the bland-everything aspect. The true stars here were Vaughn and Wilson themselves as they stimutaneously threw jokes at each other and it was genuinely refreshing and funny. But unfortunately, I felt like those two were quite similar, with not much distinct differences. I really think that they'd appear better if they were 2 completely different personas, a moon to one's sun, as it would enrich the characters more.

Finally said, The Internship was fun to watch with not much to offer. It was light and enjoyable. I can't recommend anything, but I enjoyed watching it. Decide for yourself.




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