Running Time: 2 hours
Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn are back together for the first time since Wedding Crashers in the new workplace comedy, The Internship. Billy (Vaughn) and Nick (Wilson) are the top salesmen at a watch company who are left with no job and no prospects when their company goes out of business. Desperate for a chance to change their lives and find the job of their dreams, they join the internship program at Google.
Stuck in a group with the most unpopular interns and pitted against hundreds of other applicants with genius IQs and vastly superior computer skills, Billy and Nick learn that only the group that wins the summer long intern competition will get jobs. After a rough start, Billy and Nick decide to throw themselves into the work and use their skills as salesmen to unite their team. However, the competition is so fierce that even the potent combination of smarts and intuition may not be enough.
Vaughn and Wilson are hilarious together because they have such a natural rapport that watching them is infectious. They look like they are having a blast, so you end up having a blast. The speed and the verbal dexterity of their exchanges only add to how funny they are. The Google campus is also a ripe target for comedy, taking a little of the air out of the pompous attitude of superiority that accompanies Google’s descriptions of their working conditions, including: nap pods, free food, indoor slides and play areas to foster creativity. Almost all of the jokes scored and they come at you in rapid succession. There were times that I was laughing so hard that I was worried that I would miss the next punch line.
While the rest of the cast was solid, no one else was able to rise to the level of Vaughn and Wilson, and the film could have used another standout performance to balance it. The younger members of the cast are relative unknowns and aside from Josh Brener who plays Lile, there were times when they struggled to keep up. I also didn’t respond to how aggressively ignorant they make Billy and Nick at the beginning of their time at Google. It is hard to believe that even these two characters would have been as ridiculously loud and oblivious as they were after realizing how far out of their depth they are. Those two small points aside, I thought The Internship was tremendously funny and makes me hope that Wilson and Vaughn don’t wait so long to make their next comedy together. B+
Vaughn and Wilson are so fun to watch on screen, it makes you wish that you could hang out with them. The jokes are steady, and although there isn’t anyone else on screen that manages to shine as much as Vaughn and Wilson, you should still enjoy the film.
My big complaint is that I thought, director Shawn Levy underutilized his secondary cast. The secondary characters were so stereotypical that there wasn’t any nuance to them. At times the jokes were too cheap and easy. This is especially so in the case of Max Minghella who plays the archrival. Additionally, I would have liked more time spent demonstrating the growth and learning that Vaughn and Wilson achieve during their internship. Even with such a predictable story the movie still manages to be fun. B+