|(Left to Right) Tobit Raphael, Dylan O'Brien, Josh Brener, Tiya Sircar|
Vince Vaugn and Own Wislon. Photo: Regency Films
(L-R)Shawn Levy’s latest film, “The Internship” looks and feels like a project that was rushed in order for him to get to his next project. Perhaps if he slowed down a bit, he could have made this movie work. But he didn’t and it doesn’t.
“The Internship” is a story about two older watch salesmen, Billy and Nick (Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson), who suddenly find themselves out of work. After some magical thinking, Billy was able to audition himself and his friend for the Google internship program. As luck would have it, the two are accepted (surprise) and find themselves in a different world of smart and arrogant twenty-somethings. All are divided into teams to complete in a number of challenges. The winning team, about 5% of all the interns, will receive new jobs at the big G, while everyone else sulks and walks away. Guess how it ends.
Despite a nice cast, “The Internship” is a mess. The pairing of Vaughn and Wilson is a winning combo and their younger sidekicks are fun to watch, but not much else. Billy and Nick are out of touch with today’s technology. They refer to “online” programs as “on the line,” which is funny the first time. After the tenth…not so much.
The paint by numbers story plays like a high school movie but with a lot more swearing. There’s Mr. Chetty (Aasif Mandvi) the uptight supervisor, Dana (Rose Byrne) the stuck up popular girl, Neha (Tiya Sircar) the fashionable comic nerd, Yo Yo (Tobit Raphael) the stressed out kid who pulls out his eyebrow hairs as punishment when he has been bad, Graham (Max Mingella), the British yuppie, Stuart (Dylan O’Brien) the emo, and Lyle (Josh Brener) the nerd who talks in the third person.
Throughout the movie, this band of misfits must somehow come together to win victory. After some shoddy attempts, Billy and Nick take the crew out for a night on the town where they all lose their inibitions, virginity, and even their lunch at a raunchy nightclub. The next morning, they are new team. Amazing what a little alcohol can do. This new-found friendship feels empty.
The movie’s other main character, Google itself, is also a problem at times. If the company really runs it’s internship like it is portrayed in the movie, than I think a lot of potential candidates may be turned off to apply. All of the interns are snotty and arrogant and many of the employees are overworked. The Google campus is fun to look at though.
However, the biggest problem with this comedy is that isn’t funny. The whole time you’re watching, you’re waiting for a great punch line that never comes. “Ready to hear something funny? Okay, here it comes. I’m going to tell you a funny story. You’ll love it. It’s really funny. It really is. Ready? Ready?...” Even with the un-credited extended cameo of Will Farrell is more cringe-worthy than laugher inducing.
The main theme of this film is to fight for your dreams and conqueor your fears, admirable qualities told in other much-better movies. (Originally posted on Examiner.com)