‘The Internship’ (2013) Review

by on January 26, 2014

in Entertainment, movie reviews

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The Internship is your classic Vince Vaughn comedy, where you have funny, sad, real, dramatic, funny and finally a good-feel set of moments throughout.  As is usual for his movies, and in this case the movie takes place in and around the mega internet company called Google.

The Internship not only starred Vince Vaughn, but  he put together the story and co-wrote the screenplay and has a producer credit.  And this is by far, not his first stint at putting together a movie from behind the camera, though he does seem to pick and choose his moments.

Shawn Levy (The Watch, Real Steel, Night at the Museum franchise) directed.  Vaughn’s other story writing credits include Couples Retreat and The Break-Up, so you know he actually pulls together good stories.  He’s also been part of the producer’s crew on a few other flicks, including his written work, and also Art of Conflict, The Dilemma, and Fred Claus, to name a few.

If you’re going through tough times, the beginning of this movie might be hard to digest, as two older salesman, Billy (Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) find themselves out of work when their old company goes under, right out from under them.

They find themselves in a spot where they need to reevaluate their lives looking for work.  But Billy finds them a possible job a Google.  But first they “charm” their way into a competitive internship opportunity at the mega tech company.  But this isn’t a learning opportunity, but rather, a competition amongst the brightest of the bright!

But these two old guys are up against the 20-year-old geniuses who are the top of their classes and schools and they’re quick to let them know it.  While all Billy and Nick have are their sales skills and life experiences.

Along the way they meet a few folks and there are some surprise castings, one which includes a quickie role for Will Ferrell!  (I had no clue he was in the film.)  Other notable cast includes Rose Byrne, Josh Gad, Dylan O’Brien and Nick and Billy’s boss played by John Goodman.

One of the characters I enjoyed included the man organizing the competitions, Mr. Chetty (No, we will not be having beer together), played by Aasif Mandvi.  He just had the right air of a man controlling this crazy bunch of super-smart wanna-be Googlers.

Then there’s Graham, played by Max Minghella.  Gads, he plays an easily dis-likable character very well.

Nick and Billy are teamed up in this intern competition with the leftovers.  Folks no one else wanted, and are left scattered throughout the auditorium, looking rather sad.  They include Lyle (Josh Brener), Neha (Tiya Sircar), and Yo-Yo (Tobit Raphael).

If you know who Josh Gad is, I think you’ll get a kick out of his headphones wearing character.

As the story kicks it in gear, you’ll immediately see that Nick and Billy are out of their element.  When the group is asked to find a bug, these two go so far off the mark in “talking it out,” that their teammates send them on an errant mission off campus to get rid of them.  You find yourself feeling bad for them.  Especially when “Professor Xavier” punches them.

But as time goes on, the team starts to gel, using the best quality of each of them to make the best of the situation.  I said best.  I didn’t say winning.  I just want to make that clear.

The movie does seem to have most of its filming done in and around the Google campus.  I recognize many of the buildings and locations on the campus, being that I’ve spent some time on the campus itself for software testing sessions. And yes, all those funky colored bicycles you saw in the background… they have thousands of them that they bought and placed all around the myriad of buildings on their city-sized campus.  (Do a Google search for “Google Headquarters, Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA” and zoom in and see all the buildings marked Google in the map.  No… you need to zoom in enough to see the building labels, then slide left.  NO… further left… yep…then right, and keep going right until you hit the river.  It’s a huge city of smart people!)

And in the scene when Vaughn is confused that all the food is free, yes, that’s true.  Employees also have access to haircuts, gyms, game rooms, laundry facilities, on-site medical doctors, and yes, those sleep pods were real!   And this is the TINY list of perks. (Google Benefits)

And there are a few interesting cameos.

Director Levy is the annoyed guy in the nap chair, while Nick is chatting up Dana.

Also if you remember the scenes or want something to look forward to, one of the original co-founders of Google shows up, Sergey Brin.  First there’s the guy riding a weird bike through the campus when Nick and Billy arrive.  And in the end, they get themselves a congratulations from a Google passer-by.
And as you follow the closing credits, you’ll recognize the Google Plus format floating by.

Yes, The Internship takes place at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA, but it’s not pushed as hard as I thought it was going to be.  The movie is based around the company, so there’s that. And they do take a moment or two to use their products to base scenes on.

For most, you know Google was that god-send of the internet.  They know what you want, how you want it and provide it, almost psychically to you on your computing platforms.  But as a web author, and victim to their new search algorithm processes over the last few years, I had intermittent mixed feelings watching the movie.  But that’s just me.

For us, this was classic Vince Vaughn and enjoyable for what it was.  It was well worth my rental fee and if you’re building a Vaughn collection, I think a worthy film to add to your collection.

I’m not a huge Owen Wilson fan, but he seemed to right for the role and felt like typical Owen.

The rest of the gang fit in nicely.  EVEN Gab.  (You’ll see.)

The Internship was funny in spots, sobering at moments, and mostly predictable, but in a good way.  I’m lobbing out 7 popcorn kernels at this one!  At times it may not feel it warrants that score, but in the end, there are enough fun moments to warrant the 7 overall.

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