Ian's Movie Reviews
Short Reviews of Movies, Board Games, and Other Stuff

The Internship


The Internship sees former frat packers Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson doing what Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson do, only this time they are doing it while trying to get jobs at Google.  The problem: they are old and out-dated.  And what follows?  They join the rag-tag group of interns left behind and have to come together and win.  Do you think they succeed?

There is nothing about this story that is unpredictable.  It has very similar concepts as most frat pack films, Old School and Dodgeball especially.  It has the side story romance, the stereotypical asshole on the other team, and the climax which comes down to the last challenge.  Its extremely formulaic.  But you know what? That’s okay.  Not every movie needs to be groundbreaking, and sometimes its nice to have a shallow, easy-to-digest feel good comedy.  And that’s what this is.

The reason that this movie is enjoyable when it probably would be boring are the two leads.  Vaughn and Wilson run with their usual schticks, but those schticks are what made them famous and are fun to watch.  And lets face it, we haven’t had on-point Vaughn or Wilson in a while, so it was kind of nice.  The story of how they pull  this group of young interns together and experience the world is actually pretty good so long as you find yourself caring for the characters, which I did.

This is a comfortable comedy, nothing more.  Its nice for a chuckle, but its not going to have any gags or sequences which will have you rolling around or remembering months later and chuckling to yourself in the middle of a coffee shop.  But so long as you are just looking for a flick to make you feel good for a couple hours but dissolve quickly, like cotton candy, The Internship fits quite nicely.


6 Responses to “The Internship”

  1. Nice review Ian. To me, it just feels like the antics of Vaughn and Wilson have gotten over-played by now and I think it’s time for them to try something new, or just give up altogether.

  2. Ian, I ended up liking this movie a lot more than I thought I would. It would have been stronger if they had ditched the Wilson romance sub plot but the film is still funny. I would rather watch a film like this over say another middling bombastic action film that fails to live up to expectations.

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