I couldn’t have picked a more fitting time to watch the latest Owen Wilson/Vince Vaughn romp The Internship, as I myself am currently on a summer internship, except instead of sunny California I’m all the way in even sunnier (and infernal) Bahrain. I don’t recall seeing the two’s previous efforts, but for some reason seeing them together makes Owen Wilson somewhat more bearable. Griping aside, the two make a pretty good team, and The Internship, while predictable, is a fairly decent example of that collaboration.
Wilson and Vaughn play Nick Campbell and Bill Macmahon, respectively, two down and out of luck salesmen who’ve just felt the full blow of the financial crisis when their business shuts down and they’re left in a rut. Seeing no other way out, Vaughn’s character signs the pair up for an interview with Google that somehow results in their participating in one of Google’s summer internship programs, usually reserved for university students. Even though they feel out of place from the beginning due to their age, they eventually get their act together and form strong bonds with the (only visible) oddballs in the program: team leader Lyle (Josh Brener), cynic Stuart (Dylan O’Brien), sheltered Yo-Yo (Tobit Raphael), and Neha (Tiya Sircar), who has a fetish for geek-related kink. In addition to that, Aasif Mandvi of The Daily Show fame plays the hard-assed director of the program, Rose Byrne plays Dana, Campbell’s love interest, and Max Minghella plays Graham, the film’s token douchebag antagonist who constantly pesters Vaughn’s and Owen’s team. The movie offered decent amounts of laughs during its hour-and-nineteen-minute duration, but overall the film’s progression felt very predictable and I had pretty much seen the ending before it had even happened. Some of the pop culture references alleviated the monotony, but only by so much, not to mention many people probably wouldn’t get most of them (I don’t think many would recognize Dikembe Mutombo’s signature finger wag during the Quidditch scene).
The cinematography was typical of what you’d expect of a big-budget Hollywood flick: no intimate or interesting angles, but sufficient for the audience to get a good enough glimpse of everything that the director thinks should be seen. Like the plot, the transitions between and within scenes were quite predictable and could be seen a mile away, giving us a final product that is entertaining enough but frankly isn’t very special.
As a whole, The Internship is good as a quick one-odd hour fix chock-full of pop culture references and a decent amount of laughs to keep you interested enough until the end. But that’s just it-it’s just decent and doesn’t offer anything new or unique to make it memorable. The plot could be relatable enough-what with the economic situation taking its toll on fresh college graduates and the difficulty experienced in finding a job in this mad-gone world, but could’ve been written better, without the glitz and needless polish that Hollywood usually likes to serve these sorta things with. In short, it could’ve been a lot better.
Final score: 6.7/10
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