Monday, December 16, 2013

The Internship [A Fat Jesus Quick Hit]

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson comedies, whether together or apart, are pretty hit and miss for me over the years. Obviously movies like Zoolander, Wedding Crashers and Old School are pretty good comedies. But, they've both had their share of stinkers. From the trailers alone I was pretty skeptical of The Internship, but it never stopped me from giving it a shot. The Internship follows the story of Billy McMahon and Nick Campbell (Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson). They are laid off from being watch salesmen after their boss goes out of business. Billy signs the two up for an internship with Google. They get in due to their highly unorthodox answers to their interview. They learn they will be spending the summer in a competition of sorts for the positions. Billy and Nick must band together with a group of upstarts, and learn how to make it in the age of the computer.

Let's just get right to it, the movie is mostly unfunny and very lazily done. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson can usually get a few laughs and even more with a great script. Every comedy film always has a few good moments, no matter how bad it may be. Everything in this is so forced it hardly ever works. As much as it's cute to brandish older people for not being tech savvy, it gets old after it goes on and on for a full movie. The acting is mostly fine for what it is, but don't go in thinking anyone's getting awards for this. Obviously Owen and Vaughn lead well, but it's hard to even remember the supporting cast of this film. As I said above this just feels like a lazy comedy. Mostly used to promote Google and any other brand wanting to throw their product into the film. I don't know what stars see in these types of scripts, maybe they need some extra money, or maybe they really think these movies are worth it. Either way, I don't want to sound condemning, more inquisitive.

The Internship is a comedy film that is light on the comedy. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are fine, in a comedic role as usual, but the material wholly lacking. The story is formulaic and boring, while the constant "Google" bombardment isn't fun. If you want a throwaway comedy to put on in the background on a Sunday afternoon, this is your film. If you want to make a movie night out of this, I would not, as this isn't a very good "comedy" at all.

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