In this new age where technology is king, watch salesmen Billy McMahon (Vince Vaughn) and Nick Campbell (Owen Wilson) are laid off their their longtime jobs when their company closes down because their product has become obsolete. Feeling like dinosaurs, Billy and Nick take their chances on bagging an internship at Google, where they become like fish out of the water in a sea of bright eyed techies competing to secure positions in the biggest and hottest technology company in the world. Taking it one day at a time, the duo learn about the new realities and teach the kids a thing or two about the beauty of the old school.
Vince Vaughn wears many hats for this buddy comedy. Aside from being the lead character, he is also credited with the story and the screenplay for this very relateable popcorn feature. And he did a pretty great job on all counts.
Actually, the best decision by the filmmakers that set the tone for this hilarious comedy is casting Vaughn opposite longtime buddy and co-star Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers) whose personal brand of comedy is just way up there with the best in the business. The rapport that these two share is a pleasure to watch. Its like they’re not even acting. The dialogue just flows freely between the two and its just fun to see them interact on screen, especially on the subject matter at hand. The on the line segment totally cracked me up. And google as a place to work, looks totally awesome.
Audiences of all ages will surely relate to the two lead characters — the older ones can connect with the stars’ inability to catch up with technology, and the younger ones with the way everybody is just so caught up with the social media and the internet that they feel compelled to consult everything on google or post instagrams of every event in their lives, big or small just to see how people will react to their posts. I, for one, belong to a generation in between these two and count myself lucky that I am able to reminisce the good old days where people were able to survive with only landlines and limited access to the internet, and the time where technology is maximized to share and spread information and connect with people. However, I do agree with the message of the movie that while it is well and good that technology is helping us in many ways, it is not the end all and be all of everything. Life needs to be lived and if each waking moment is spent worrying about making the latest post instead of enjoying the moment, then people are cheating themselves of actual life experiences.
While this is a buddy comedy, the few scenes where Billy and Nick struggle with the loss of what they believe to be true — being good at sales, getting a stable job — and not being able to cope with the pace of the modern age, second guessing themselves at every turn is actually very effective. Not hard core drama but just enough to involve audiences in their predicament.
All in all, The Internship was a formulaic underdog movie where the old dog ways were able to prevail in a world not completely their own. I’m not so sure if it would have worked out the same way in real life but I appreciate the underlying message of this 119 minute comedy about friendship, determination and joie de vivre. It was pretty standard but it hit every mark it set out on. I’m sure I wouldn’t mind seeing it again.