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Review: The Internship...Forget About It!

Posted: 06/06/2013 1:50 pm

The Internship reteaming Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn ain't no Wedding Crashers. The problem isn't their acting. It's Vince Vaughn's and Jared Stern's predictable writing. Clichés abound. Wilson must have been paid a bundle to agree to this turkey. While Vaughn also produced The Internship, it appears he is riding on the coattails of Wilson and a fast talking agent sold this limp bill of goods to mighty fine actors.
The plot is a simple one. Two out of work aging -shall we say aspiring swingers,- lose their jobs because selling watches is an obsolete business in this computer age. We all tell the time on our cell phones. John Goodman is their boss in a "now you see him now you don't performance". And so Nick (Wilson) takes a job selling mattresses with his boss being none other than Will Ferrell, totally wasted in this cameo. Billy (Vaughn) must have used up a marker or two to get both Ferrell and Wilson and also a marker for John Goodman whose cameo is even more brief and less funny than Ferrell's.
After a stint in a mattress emporium, Billy convinces Nick to quit his job and go west young man to San Francisco to apply for a job with Google. Both boys are practically computer illiterate, but champion sales men in the film and in life. Billy talks Nick into trying his talents in the highly competitive tech world. The techies at first laugh at the naiveté of this awkward duo and perhaps have more laughs than you will watching this sad attempt at comedy. A series of challenges were given to several teams as actors: Rose Byrne, Aasif Mandavi, Max Mingella, Josh Brener, Dylan O'Brien, Tiya Sircar, Tobit Raphael, Josh Gad, Jessica, Szohr, Rob Riggle, B. J. Novak and Eric Andre round out a competent cast of genius college students and teachers at Google. A special mention to Aasif Mandavi who is the stern Google trainer. The winner of these challenges is awarded employment at Google. What is enjoyable is seeing what Google looks like on the inside. We have a visit to a strip club followed by a scene showing, 'let's get drunk and have a really fun time and forget the minutiae of the tech world'. Never mind the adolescent mind set behind this dated thinking. The Internship made me recall that iconic director of Last Tango in Paris, Bernardo Bertolucci, and his comments that today's films out of Hollywood have gone by the wayside and that TV is superior.
The direction by Shawn Levy is lackluster and appears that Vince Vaughn was heavily involved over Levy's shoulder in this process.
If you want to watch the real talents of Wilson and Vaughn rent Wedding Crashers again or as Bernardo Bertolucci suggests, 'Watch TV,' and skip this poor excuse for a movie.

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