The Internship

Two salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital age find their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses for a shot at employment. (IMDB)

Writers:   Vince Vaughn, Jared Stern
Director:  Shawn Levy
Stars:  Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne
Run time/Rating:  119 Minutes/ PG-13
Popcorn Score:  Medium Popcorn with butter

I must have been in the perfect mood for a light, simple comedy the night I relaxed on my couch and streamed what has been dubbed “Wedding Crashers 2”, or “The Internship”.  Because I really liked it!  I assume I had to be in the prefect mood because everyone else who has shared their opinion with me seems to hate the movie. With this lighthearted comedy starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn you are getting pretty much what is expected.  It isn’t doing anything too new or reinventing the comedic wheel but I thought for a movie with that type of goal, it was about as good as it can be.  Owen and Vince are fast talking sales guys and when we meet them are they working for a failing Watch Company.  They are out schmoosing a client when they are informed, by the client, that their company is out of business.  This lands two middle aged guys with ancient skill sets out on the street.  After a desperation attempt to sell mattresses by Owen Wilson and a worthwhile cameo by Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn hatches the plan to sign the duo up for online classes and apply to a Google summer internship.  They play the part of buffoons during an online web interview but smooth talk their way to earning an internship opportunity mainly because they are different.  Nobody expects much. When they arrive on the beautiful Google campus(much criticism has been brought on by the fact that this movie is one big Google commercial) they learn that the large group of interns will all split up into different teams and compete throughout the summer with the winning team earning a permanent position with Google.  There is your movie.  Like I said, nothing new here.  It seems that at least half of the movies Vince Vaughn appears in he needs to win something, outlast someone or gain a certain amount of something for everything to end right. (The Internship, The Break Up, Dodgeball).  But again, I don’t care; you are not pressing play on this one to be thrown plot twists. I thought that the story was just engaging enough to make you stick through to the end and in the process I was thoroughly entertained comically.  There is the obligatory romantic storyline between Owen Wilson and Google manager Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids, Get Him to the Greek) but most of all the story is uplifting and leaves you feeling pretty good – without being too cheesy.   For all of these reasons, I slot this movie in as a solid date night movie at the very least.  Give this light comedy the midlevel expectations it deserves and you will enjoy it! Medium Popcorn with Butter.  

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