The Internship is quite literally a two-hour commercial for Google. It's ridiculously racist and sexist, and every character who's not played by Vince Vaughn or Owen Wilson is at best an archetype. The plot developments and beats are almost directly ripped from Wedding Crashers. The film has enormous plot holes, essentially no stakes and a resolution that barely solves anything; to say it makes any sense at all is an overstatement. And yet, thanks to its stars, it is also ridiculously charming, and very, very funny.
Set in the year 2005, two recently laid-off watch salesmen with barely distinguishable personalities, Billy (Vaughn) and Nick (Wilson), seek a coveted internship at Google in hopes of landing good tech jobs. If you go into this movie expecting anything other than Vaughn and Wilson bouncing off of each other, you'll be disappointed -- though if that's the only thing you're hoping for, there will be frustrating entire sections of The Internship where it feels like you're watching a movie about people who hated Wedding Crashers being forced to sit through out-takes of Vaughn and Wilson goofing around.
I'm all for the idea of the movie not having any thinly veiled obstacles of conflict (Billy and Nick don't lie or scheme around at all in the film, as Wilson and Vaughn's characters do in Wedding Crashers; the only thing standing in their way of their newly-dreamed internship at Google is Billy's own fear of failure, which is egged on by a stereotypical comedy movie villain played by Max Minghella), but the writing and acting is so incredibly lazy that it's disappointing to see how openly wholesome The Internship is committed to being. At least give us a lie that the guys have to talk their way out of, or something.
While I have to partly blame the underwhelming nature of the film on the supporting cast (Dylan O'Brien, Tiya Sircar, Josh Brener, Tobit Raphael, Rose Byrne) for their complete lack of energy, I can't imagine the movie's writers (Vaughn and Jared Stern) or director (Shawn Levy) gave anyone very much to work with beyond "Shut up and let the big boys be funny."
On the bright side, Vaughn and Wilson are insanely funny and get bigger laughs than this movie possibly deserves. The plot may barely work at all, but to see the protagonists' buddy moments in action are too delightful not to pass up... and re-watch again when The Internship inevitable runs on cable for the rest of our known lives.
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