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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Review: THE INTERNSHIP (2013)

While THE INTERNSHIP is fairly heartwarming with some worthwhile characters, the movie doesn't excel much when comes to the comedy part.

Back in 2005, comedy duo Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson joined forces in the 2005's raunchy comedy WEDDING CRASHERS and turned the movie into a box-office gold. Now both of them reteams in THE INTERNSHIP, an underdog comedy about two aging and out-of-work salesmen desperately trying to reinvent themselves after landing prestigious internship programs at Google. With a premise like that (I mean, it sets against the backdrop of Google!), one would expect this is a surefire winner of a comedy. While THE INTERNSHIP does have its worthwhile moments, the overall movie is formulaic at best.

Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) are two best friends who work as wristwatch salesmen until one day they suddenly find themselves being downsized by their boss (an uncredited John Goodman). Nick moves on and work for his sleazy brother-in-law (an uncredited Will Ferrell) at a mattress warehouse. Then Billy hits upon a crazy idea that they should work at Google. So Billy quickly enrolls the both of them for online college courses so that they are qualified to intern for the summer at the Google Headquarters in Silicon Valley. Once there, they are like stuck in a different world of technological culture. Soon they tries their best to expand their knowledge and getting acquaintance with their much-younger teammates including team manager Lile (Josh Brener), uptight Stuart (Dylan O'Brien), highly-disciplined Yo-Yo (Tobit Raphael), and fashionista Neha (Tiya Sircar), at which they need to work together to accomplish a series of assignments given by the strict intern leader Mr. Chetty (Aasif Mandvi). Whichever team wins the most throughout the internship program will be granted a full-time job at the Google headquarters.
The overall cast are fairly decent, with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson made a natural pair acting together. Rose Byrne is sweet-natured enough as a workaholic exec at Google whom Nick falls in love with her at the first sight. In fact, both of them have wonderful chemistry together. For the supporting roles, the particular standout goes to Aasif Mandvi who really made quite an impression playing an acid-tongued character.

Some of the storylines (written by Vaughn himself and Jared Stern) here are inspirational (among them where Billy loves to quote Adrian Lyne's FLASHDANCE to motivate his fellow teammates). Shawn Levy's direction, in the meantime, is fairly energetic throughout the movie. 
It's quite a shame that most of the comedy elements here are either plain lazy or mediocre. And at two-hour length, the movie tends to overstay its welcome.

THE INTERNSHIP may not be as great as one might expect, especially given the interesting premise and the involvement of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, the movie remains worthwhile enough as a passable entertainment.

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