Friday, June 7, 2013

The Internship

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play two old dogs trying to learn a new trick.  Skilled at face to face salesmanship, specifically in the dying industry of watches, they find themselves no longer relevant in a world where smart phones serve as our clocks and the internet as our means of purchasing them.  So what should they do?  Apply for an internship at Google, of course!

I have mixed feelings about this movie.  There's just no avoiding how phony it is in every respect.  Seriously, are we to believe that two guys who don't even own a computer are going to be selected for an internship and then become successful at one of the most highly competitive tech savvy firms in the world?  No way.  Or how about that these middle aged men would be embraced by anyone, even the nerdiest of the nerds, in this twenty-something-centric environment?  Of course not.  (This reminds me more than a little of the phoniest of phony movies, 'Larry Crowne'.)  And don't get me started on a particular relationship between the king of the nerds and a certain exotic dancer.  Puh-lease.  All of the characters are way too black & white and simplistic.  They're good or they're bad.  They're street smart or they're book smart.  They're hot or they're nerdy.  This isn't the real world and I'm sure it doesn't represent the employees at Google.  But this whole movie is basically one long commercial for what a paradise Google is to work for, and it works.  (As soon as I finish my review, I'll surely be sending them my resume!)

But, on the other hand, there's no denying that Vaughn and Wilson have extremely strong chemistry.  They make the movie fun and playful and enjoyable enough to please most crowds who aren't as jaded (or I would argue, realistic) about the world as I am.  So for that reason I still give it a ...

Grade: B-

Though for a much better viewing experience about an internship you're much better off going with the drama, 'The Pursuit of Happyness' instead.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't seen this movie yet, but I would imagine that The Pursuit of Happyness is not even in the same category. That was one of the saddest movies I've ever seen and if I was thinking of going to see The Internship, that's a TERRIBLE recommendation!