“Sometimes the long shots pay off the biggest.”– Vince Vaughn as Billy
What’s good: The story is heartwarming and motivational.
What’s not good: The jokes are few and far between.
What happened: Chasing your dreams can be the scariest adventure you will ever face. Only a few of us are actually brave enough to pursue what we want most. Sadly, most people let fear prevent them from ever achieving greatness. ‘The Internship’ takes a silly look at two men courageous enough to chase their dreams.
Nick (Owen Wilson) and Billy (Vince Vaughn) are two old-school salesmen who can sell anything. Alanis Morrisette’s “Ironic” is all they need to get pumped before a sale. Unfortunately for them, an old client provides devastating news. Now out of work, Nick and Billy must scramble to find their next paycheck. Their personal lives are a mess as well. Billy never comes through on his promises and always finds a way to screw things up. Nick is not much better since his longest relationship has only been for a few months. He is so desperate that he reluctantly takes a job working for the worst boss ever. Billy comes to the rescue with an absurd idea that could solve all of their problems.
An internship at the prestigious Google Company is hard to come by. Every year, hundreds flock to their campus hoping to be one of the select few who earn a job. Nick and Billy soon realize they are in way over their heads as they compete with kids half their age. They are put in a group with a bunch of misfits including Lyle (Josh Brener), Stuart (Dylan O’Brien), Neha (Tiya Sircar), and Yo-Yo (Tobit Raphael). Graham (Max Minghella) proves to be a major thorn in their side at every turn while Dana (Rose Byrne) is a manager who does not make time for a personal life. Nick and Billy must maneuver their way through each challenge to win a job at Google.
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson were so good in ‘Wedding Crashers’. This is why it is such a shame that they were unable to capture any magic in ‘The Internship’. Vaughn and Wilson have a few funny moments and seemed like they could be friends in real life. The club scene provides some good laughs though. Will Ferrell’s character was by far the funniest part of the entire film. It’s too bad we didn’t see more of him. Rob Riggle was decent as well even though his scene was cut too short. The main theme of this story is to chase your dreams instead of settling. This will certainly resonate with most audiences since the job market looks so bleak these days.
The biggest problem with ‘The Internship’ is the fact that it just isn’t very funny. There are so few jokes in this one that it barely seems like a comedy. Someone should have made sure the script was actually funny before they started filming it. This film is very predictable which makes it boring to watch at times. Also, the reason why the two main characters were accepted into the internship program was pretty weak. A more convincing excuse for them to get in would have been better. Lastly, Vince Vaughn’s character talks way too much. It becomes rather tiresome very quickly.
Bottom Line: Check out ‘The Internship’ only if you are starving for a few laughs. Otherwise, wait until this one becomes a rental.
Rating: PG-13 Run time: 1 hour, 59 minutes
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