PG) The Internship
20th Century Fox.
Running Time: 120 Minutes.
3 stars out of 4.
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson previously teamed up in 2005's Wedding Crashers, which was both a critical and commercial success by having a 75% approval on Rotten Tomatoes and grossing over $250 million. They have teamed up again and are trying to recreate the same success they had with 2005's Wedding Crashers. While The Internship is just as funny as Wedding Crashers it lacks the edge and consistent whit of Wilson and Vaughn's previous comedic effort.
In The Internship, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn play Nick Campbell and Billy McMahon, two forty(something) year olds who lose there jobs as watch salesman's, and are looking for new work as soon as possible. Billy comes up with the idea that they should apply for an internship that could lead to a job at Google.
With a running time of close to two hours, I was worried that The Internship was going to be another overlong, safe, unfunny, and predictable summer studio comedy, and while The Internship is overlong, safe and predictable it is constantly funny and smart with good dialogue and a good dynamic between Wilson and Vaughn. Having Google at the centre of film gives the audience a good and very funny look at Google at all of there technology, and why they are voted the best company to work for. Seeing Vaughn and Wilson adjusting to the modern times at Google with all of there technologies, and how they react to teenagers half there age who understand technology, and software makes for laughs and good interplay between the cast that is somewhat funny.
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are a great comedic team, and play off of each other very well, and the rest of the supporting cast give funny but forgettable performances in a film that despite the laughs is not memorable. While, The Internship is a two hour advertisement for Google, it doesn't feel like that because all of Google's software and products being shown are very cool.
My problems with The Internship is that it safe and predictable. I accurately predicted how the film would play out from the first few scenes at Google, and The Internship does not have any edge with its comedy or dialogue and always plays the comedy and comedic situations the safe route. Next, The Internship takes a good half hour to really get going because everything that happens that leads up to having Vaughn and Wilson at Google is not fun, entertaining, funny, and is quite boring.