The Internship: Is It Worth Your Money?

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Directed by: Shawn Levy
Written by: Vince Vaughn
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, John Goodman, Rose Byrne, Aasif Mandvi, and The Googles

imagesSo you’ve seen the trailer to The Internship and you’re probably thinking what I was thinking: Oh God, that looks like it’s going to be awful. I mean right? The trailer doesn’t make it seem too appealing. I will review pretty much anything, and I do mean anything. I went into the theater thinking it was going to be on the awful side of “anything,” but I went nonetheless. The first act was a bit rough save a hilarious cameo by Will Ferell (whom I usually find entirely overrated). Shortly after the second act started something amazing happened. The movie actually started being consistently funny! This lasted clear till the end  with only a few misses in the joke department. Now, I’m not going to say that The Internship is anywhere near as funny as Old School was, but it was way better than The Wedding Crashers. Not to say that The  Wedding Crashers was awful by any means. Maybe it’s because Luke Wilson is a much better actor than his brother Owen.

So what is this movie even about?

Wait, when did WPR's Ryan Wilson start acting?

Wait, when did WPR’s Ryan Wilson start acting?

Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn play watch salesmen who are faced with the reality that they squandered their lives after the watch company they work for goes under. After barely getting accepted to an internship at Google, the two find themselves in San Francisco and in completely over their heads. It’s mostly a fish out of water story with the two much older stars competing against young students for a job at literally the coolest place in the world to work. I’ve been able to confirm with my best friend Kristi, a former Google employee, that all the perks featured in the film are in fact real (except a most epic Quiddich Pitch that was made for the movie). This includes giant twisty slides in place of stairs, conference bikes, nap pods, free massages, over 60 kitchens filled with over a hundred different snacks and cafes that serve free food. I know what you’re thinking, the same thing I was I bet. I would give my (insert favorite body part here) to work here. Unfortunately, they don’t give jobs to unskilled movie critics with shockingly disturbing search histories (Kristi assures me my searches are completely anonymous and they won’t look at my queries, but I don’t believe her). The plot is pretty much the same as any other movie. Underdog main plot, longshot romance sub-plot, etc.

conference-bike.jpg.492x0_q85_crop-smartOverall this movie was acceptable. I wouldn’t stress to see it opening day, or even in theaters unless you’re jonesing for a night at the theater. I’d definitely rent it on DVD, or on HBO. I’m not sure if it’s an add-it-to-my-Blu-Ray-collection type movie yet. I’d have to watch it again to make up my mind on that. I’m not entirely sure the humor in The Internship has a long shelf life.


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