Movie: The Internship

The audience “sweet spot” for this movie is anyone who was born in the 1970s.  However, there are laughs to be had for almost any one of us, especially if you have enjoyed the Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson film pairings (“Wedding Crashers”) in the past.

Wilson and Vaughn are salesmen who are suddenly unemployed as a result of the relentless move to online purchasing by companies and consumers alike. Although they are decidedly low-tech, their smooth-talking patter gets them into the Google internship program (there is a very funny online interview scene), where they are in competition for full-time jobs with far younger, über tech-savvy geniuses.

Vince Vaughn wrote the screenplay and he has most of the good lines.  But there is an easy chemistry between the two leads and the dialogue is filled with lots of cultural references that span the ages (this is the only movie I have ever seen that mentions “Stalag 17!”).

This film certainly has a novel premise with a very contemporary feel to it, yet the underlying plot is largely predictable.  I couldn’t help but think I’ve seen the “nerds discovering that there is more to life than their online world thanks to worldly old guys” somewhere before in some other configuration.  But that is not to say that I didn’t have a good time here.  I can’t give it a blanket “go see it” recommendation as it might not play well for some who desire a more “meaningful” movie-going experience, but if you are open-minded and enjoy Vince Vaughn’s rapid-fire style, then go for it.

Although not strictly part of a movie review, I couldn’t help but notice that many in the audience seemed to feel that this movie’s omnipresent iPhones, laptops, and internet references apparently confer a tacit approval to text during the film.  Ironically, the underlying lesson of the film to “disconnect” and experience life was largely lost on much of the “sweet spot” audience.


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