Director: Shawn Levy
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne, Aasif Mandvi, Max Minghella, Josh Brener
Written by: Vince Vaughn and Jared Stern
Running Time: 119 mins
Release date: 4th July 2013
I know there will be a bunch of critics who will turn up their noses at The Internship. They will call it predictable and unoriginal. They might call it cheesy. They will definitely call it a two hour advert for Google. Yes, it’s all of these things but the one thing they might not mention is that it’s very, very funny.
Billy McMahon and Nick Campbell are best friends and working partners, selling sports watches. With a crash in the market, they lose their jobs. Billy loses his girlfriend when his home comes under risk and Nick finds a job working in a bed store. In desperation, Billy gets them an interview for an internship at Google. Falsifying their information they become interns, up against the brainiest of the brainiest and having to work as a team with a bunch of super brains who don’t get along. Even though Billy and Nick are way out of their depth, they have life experience and it could be their biggest hand in bringing the team together and winning a job.
So as you can tell, the story line is hardly original and as you sit watching, a number of films go ticking over your head, including the Wedding Crashers, the film that this is being sold as, thanks to the leads. It will be a problem for some people. It’s far too generic and, some might say, lazy that a big budget comedy should just take a wafer thin plot that has been used time and time again just to hang another film, so heavily promoting the world’s biggest search engine. What I would say to that is, yes, I totally agree but it made me laugh, it make me smile and I left with a slight spring in my step. Is that a bad thing considering some of the films we have been delivered with recently?
The script isn’t the most original thing but a lot of the reasons it manages to work is thanks to Owen Wilson and co-writer and star Vince Vaughn. The pair proved their comedy worth with Wedding Crashers and here they are certainly the best thing about the film. With their machine-gun dialogue and obvious chemistry, it reminded me of the pairing of Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. Their films weren’t always brilliant but having the two of them together on screen, they somehow worked (apart from Another You). Wilson and Vaughn work. Again, they do nothing they haven’t done before but you don’t mind spending time with them.
The rest of the cast are fine. Rose Byrne seems to be the new go-to girl when it comes to wanting a romantic lead and, allowing her to use her natural accent (Australian) she does a fine job. The young cast that make up Billy’s and Nick’s team are also good for being the straight guys to the comedy pairings wit. It was a bit disturbing that, once again, the baddie of the film was a Brit. Surely it could have been an American. It also suffers from being just slightly too long but the predictable, cheesy ending does leave you with a smile, no matter how sickening and obvious.
It’s not a perfect film by a long shot but in a year in which comedy seems to be suffering more than anything for genuine, big laughs, it’s nice to report that a film was funny and that the audience I saw it with were really laughing out loud (including the woman next to me who, like me, got the Flashdance references way before anyone else). So on the one hand it would have been nice to have a film with something original to say but it times when we need a giggle, this is worth a shot. Just as long as you forget all the other films this has stolen from and the massive advert for Google.