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Review: The Internship

The Internship
Jun. 6, 2013by:
4 10

PLOT: Two fast talking salesmen (Vince Vaughn & Owen Wilson) find themselves out of work. With no prospects and nowhere to turn, they talk their way into a summer internship with Google in the hopes of landing a permanent position.

REVIEW: Product placement is a movie-going fact these days. There's seemingly no way around it, and virtually every big studio movie that's out there has got some kind of promotional partner working with them. However, I don't think I've ever seen anything quite as blatant as THE INTERNSHIP which is less a movie, and more of a two-hour infomercial for Google, which is presented here as nothing short of a utopia. Heck, a character even has a monologue early in the film about how Google is all about diversity, and that everyone, regardless of their education or background, should have a shot with the company.

THE INTERNSHIP is the kind of movie where people prattle on about their love of Google because it makes the world a better place. There's even a sequence where characters have to man the Google helpline and answer all kinds of questions about common bugs and fixes for the various apps, all of which are explained over and over again throughout the film. It's almost sickening. The last time I remember product placement this blatant was back in the eighties, in films like MAC & ME (with a five minute dance number set at McDonalds with a break-dancing Ronald McDonald), or the now-infamous THE WIZARD (the movie where autism is cured through the power of Nintendo).

But let's forget all about the fact that THE INTERNSHIP is essentially Google: The Movie. As blatant and distasteful as the product placement is, that all could have been forgiven if only THE INTERNSHIP was funny. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson really are a great big-screen team. Their buddy-buddy camaraderie is infectious, and it's funny watching them play off each other. If that's the case, why is THE INTERNSHIP so bad?

I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that the movie feels so watered down next to THE WEDDING CRASHERS. Not only is THE INTERNSHIP PG-13, but it's a light PG-13 (the kind of movie where people say what the shit?). Vaughn and Wilson are at their best when they're raunchy. Take the raunch away from THE WEDDING CRASHERS and I'm not convinced it still would have been a good movie. There are a few moments where this comes close to working, such as a fun strip club outing where the guys take their 21-year-old friends out for a night of boozing, which-naturally- removes the stick from their asses and makes them work together as a team (such is the power of tequila shots and strippers). But, that's pretty much the only time where THE INTERNSHIP starts to feel like the fun summer comedy all involved obviously hoped to make.

The lack of raunch isn't the movie's only problem though. Despite a hefty two-hour running time, the characters never even come close to being two-dimensional. It adheres so strictly to the underdogs beat the odds formula (although with Google being such a wonderful, tolerant place, theyre never really underdogs) that the plot is beyond predictable. Gee-think Vaughn's going to learn responsibility? Will Wilson score with the icy, but cute Google supervisor (played by Rose Byrne- who doesn't get the chance to be nearly as funny as she was in GET HIM TO THE GREEK or BRIDESMAIDS)? Is they young, smarmy English jerk (Max Minghella- channeling Bradley Cooper in WEDDING CRASHERS) going to get his comeuppance? Are the nerdy kids going to learn self-confidence? It's all formulaic in the extreme, and nothing you haven't seen done time and time again. Again though, all of this could have been forgiven if only the movie was funny, but it's so damn stale. Vaughn does exactly the same thing here he did in THE WATCH, COUPLES RETREAT, FOUR CHRISTMASES, etc. I like the guy, but he's slipping badly and needs to mix things up a bit. With him also being the co-writer and producer, I'd wager he's more to blame for this than Wilson, who's marginalized here compared to WEDDING CRASHERS.

It's depressing giving THE INTERNSHIP such a bad review, as everyone involved is capable of so much more, from director Shawn Levy (who I thought did a great job on REAL STEEL) to the stars, who despite a lack-luster run of films, can probably still knock it out of the park given the right material, but this is a really poor effort. Take away Google, and THE INTERNSHIP isn't only thin, but it's non-existent. This is a real waste of what used to be a really talented buddy-comedy duo. Maybe they'll re-team on something better, but after watching THE INTERNSHIP, I wonder if anyone will still care?

Source: JoBlo.com

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12:20AM on 06/06/2013

I have a question.

Wasn't this R though ? because I remember seeing a redband trailer for this. I know I did. So was this cut down ?
Wasn't this R though ? because I remember seeing a redband trailer for this. I know I did. So was this cut down ?
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4:31AM on 06/06/2013
I guess they could just throw in some bad language like shit or asshole then bam, a red band trailer. I haven't seen it.
I guess they could just throw in some bad language like shit or asshole then bam, a red band trailer. I haven't seen it.
12:46AM on 06/06/2013

this is kinda what i expected

i heard a lot of my friends were very excited for this movie, but the whole time it just looked like a forgettable comedy. good enough for a chuckle but nothing to remember about it. I still might see it in a few months, but i was never expecting much. Nice review
i heard a lot of my friends were very excited for this movie, but the whole time it just looked like a forgettable comedy. good enough for a chuckle but nothing to remember about it. I still might see it in a few months, but i was never expecting much. Nice review
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1:09AM on 06/06/2013

Enjoyed it.

Saw a sneak peek not knowing what to expect and I laughed the hardest I had in the theaters all year. It's no wedding crashers but I enjoyed it. I typically agree with Chris's reviews but not this one.
Saw a sneak peek not knowing what to expect and I laughed the hardest I had in the theaters all year. It's no wedding crashers but I enjoyed it. I typically agree with Chris's reviews but not this one.
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3:15AM on 06/06/2013
The trailer looked like an infomercial so I'm not surprised by this 90 min google blowjob. Fuck hollywood for even making this. Product placement is in a lot of movies but I just don't get a studio needing ad dollars when they make a movie like tdkr or the avengers which they know are going to make bank. The doritos poster during banes stadium scene kind of pissed me off but being in a stadium it made sense. To have iron man go out of his way to eat a burger king sandwich or have go lean crunch
The trailer looked like an infomercial so I'm not surprised by this 90 min google blowjob. Fuck hollywood for even making this. Product placement is in a lot of movies but I just don't get a studio needing ad dollars when they make a movie like tdkr or the avengers which they know are going to make bank. The doritos poster during banes stadium scene kind of pissed me off but being in a stadium it made sense. To have iron man go out of his way to eat a burger king sandwich or have go lean crunch and giant dr. Pepper machines in thor shows a blatant disregard for an audience and any sort of creativity on the part of a director or studio.
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4:29AM on 06/06/2013
just from the trailer it felt like this would be an assault of advertising, google obviously but so many cuts from the trailer was advertising something.... them ranting about "The Terminator" movies & Flashdance, Tom Petty & STP T shirts, Marvel/X-Men... probably more, I guess this is what we can start to expect as the future of Hollywood. movies.
just from the trailer it felt like this would be an assault of advertising, google obviously but so many cuts from the trailer was advertising something.... them ranting about "The Terminator" movies & Flashdance, Tom Petty & STP T shirts, Marvel/X-Men... probably more, I guess this is what we can start to expect as the future of Hollywood. movies.
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4:35AM on 06/06/2013
I'm willing to give this a chance just based on the fact of the great chemistry between Vaughn and Wilson. I'm not expecting another Old School or Wedding Crashers, but at least a couple of good laughs.
I'm willing to give this a chance just based on the fact of the great chemistry between Vaughn and Wilson. I'm not expecting another Old School or Wedding Crashers, but at least a couple of good laughs.
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9:49AM on 06/06/2013
But why? Lots of people have great chemistry on film, doesn't mean that everything they make has potential. I mean, look at Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, Matt McConaghey (Sp?) and Kate Hudson, Corey Haim and Cory Feldman, etc. So given the review, why make a point to go out of your way to see this?
But why? Lots of people have great chemistry on film, doesn't mean that everything they make has potential. I mean, look at Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, Matt McConaghey (Sp?) and Kate Hudson, Corey Haim and Cory Feldman, etc. So given the review, why make a point to go out of your way to see this?
9:31AM on 06/06/2013
They weren't in Old School together, but then again, Luke and Owen Wilson are interchangeable, right?

No, not really.
They weren't in Old School together, but then again, Luke and Owen Wilson are interchangeable, right?

No, not really.
8:49AM on 06/06/2013
You are a terrible human if you go watch this.
You are a terrible human if you go watch this.
8:25AM on 06/06/2013
Where they in old echool together?
Where they in old echool together?
7:46AM on 06/06/2013
Vaughn and Wilson are not Chris Farley and David Spade.. Don't waste your money on this
Vaughn and Wilson are not Chris Farley and David Spade.. Don't waste your money on this
9:12AM on 06/06/2013

I Hope This BOMBS

When this project was announced, I had hopes for it. Then I saw the trailer. I am so glad it's getting these bad reviews and will most likely bomb, because Vaughn needs a wake-up call that his schtick and paint-by-numbers aging frat boy routine is old at best and painful at worst and needs to be put out of its misery- or our misery.
When this project was announced, I had hopes for it. Then I saw the trailer. I am so glad it's getting these bad reviews and will most likely bomb, because Vaughn needs a wake-up call that his schtick and paint-by-numbers aging frat boy routine is old at best and painful at worst and needs to be put out of its misery- or our misery.
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9:51AM on 06/06/2013
Too bad to hear about this. I didn't really have high hopes for the movie at all, it looks absolutely stupid, even based on the trailers alone. The Skype interview process, not a chance they would get a job based on that (I work in Human Resources btw). But aside from that, it's a shame that lightning couldn't strike twice for these guys since I thought Wedding Crashers was absolutely hilarious when it came out.
Too bad to hear about this. I didn't really have high hopes for the movie at all, it looks absolutely stupid, even based on the trailers alone. The Skype interview process, not a chance they would get a job based on that (I work in Human Resources btw). But aside from that, it's a shame that lightning couldn't strike twice for these guys since I thought Wedding Crashers was absolutely hilarious when it came out.
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11:34AM on 06/06/2013
I thought the same. I'm in IT and getting a position at Google is akin to winning the fucking lottery. No way two middle-aged, tech ignorant dopes get a spot.
I thought the same. I'm in IT and getting a position at Google is akin to winning the fucking lottery. No way two middle-aged, tech ignorant dopes get a spot.
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10:53AM on 06/06/2013
honestly, after seeing the trailer for the first time months ago, i really didnt expect it to be good.
honestly, after seeing the trailer for the first time months ago, i really didnt expect it to be good.
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10:56AM on 06/06/2013

Not surprised

Vaughn and Owen's respective schticks are very tired on their own, much less when you put them together. People have seen this same movie a hundred times already and usually starring one of these two. At this point everyone knows what you are getting from them. Throw in a PG-13 rating and you hamstring them even further. No chance at all I would pay to see this.

Vince Vaughn is rapidly becoming the new Adam Sandler; pumping out safe, predictable dreck at a twice a year pace. Other than The
Vaughn and Owen's respective schticks are very tired on their own, much less when you put them together. People have seen this same movie a hundred times already and usually starring one of these two. At this point everyone knows what you are getting from them. Throw in a PG-13 rating and you hamstring them even further. No chance at all I would pay to see this.

Vince Vaughn is rapidly becoming the new Adam Sandler; pumping out safe, predictable dreck at a twice a year pace. Other than The Break-Up, every film he has written or produced is terrible.

Definitely getting the vibe that This is the End is going to be this summer's big comedy. Looks awesome.
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11:39AM on 06/06/2013
I do like both actors but i didn't even buy the premise & the previews seemed like the typical ones that give away every funny part. The product placement doesn't really bother me because it's just a sign of the times & I read if Google didn't even want them to film there then the movie would not have been made.
I do like both actors but i didn't even buy the premise & the previews seemed like the typical ones that give away every funny part. The product placement doesn't really bother me because it's just a sign of the times & I read if Google didn't even want them to film there then the movie would not have been made.
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12:03PM on 06/06/2013
Not surprised this is horrible. And call me crazy but now that I really think about it, Wedding Crashers was funniest when Vaughn and Wilson were apart. Maybe that's why this never appealed to me much.
Not surprised this is horrible. And call me crazy but now that I really think about it, Wedding Crashers was funniest when Vaughn and Wilson were apart. Maybe that's why this never appealed to me much.
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1:07PM on 06/06/2013
It was actually really funny, much better than I could have expected honestly. 7/10
It was actually really funny, much better than I could have expected honestly. 7/10
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2:27PM on 06/06/2013

See the movie for yourself

I saw this movie at an advance screening 2 weeks ago and a majority of the entire audience (myself included) would vehemently disagree with this review. We were laughing from almost start to finish. Was it a perfect movie? No, but it was not a 4 for sure. I gave it an 8. The buddy relationship between Vince and Owen is great, just like it was in Wedding Crashers. Do yourself a favor if you had ANY interest in seeing this before this review, ignore it and see it for yourself.
I saw this movie at an advance screening 2 weeks ago and a majority of the entire audience (myself included) would vehemently disagree with this review. We were laughing from almost start to finish. Was it a perfect movie? No, but it was not a 4 for sure. I gave it an 8. The buddy relationship between Vince and Owen is great, just like it was in Wedding Crashers. Do yourself a favor if you had ANY interest in seeing this before this review, ignore it and see it for yourself.
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5:07PM on 06/06/2013
The trailers didn't look funny, but I wouldn't compare this movie to Wedding Crashers just because Owen and Vince are in it. It's Shawn Levy, he's pretty tame. I usually like his movies though. But this one, still unsure.
The trailers didn't look funny, but I wouldn't compare this movie to Wedding Crashers just because Owen and Vince are in it. It's Shawn Levy, he's pretty tame. I usually like his movies though. But this one, still unsure.
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2:52PM on 06/07/2013
"Oh my god! The Soloist wants to see this even though its gotten negative reviews! What an asshole! You suck if you want to see this!"

Grow up, guys.
"Oh my god! The Soloist wants to see this even though its gotten negative reviews! What an asshole! You suck if you want to see this!"

Grow up, guys.
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