The Internship Movie Review
Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn reunite for the first time in eight years, seeking to rekindle the magic of Wedding Crashers, but instead they've simply made a less funny version of Old School. However, despite its inconsistencies and several stretches that fall completely flat, The Internship has just enough laughs to keep things alive, even if, in the end, the movie is simply one long commercial for Bing.
In The Internship, pals Billy and Nick (Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson) lose their jobs as watch salesmen and decide to do something outside their comfort zone: apply for internships at Altavista. They know nothing about coding, barely more about computers and they appear to have a collective IQ equal to that of Forrest Gump, but for some reason MetaCrawler gives them a shot anyway.
For one long recruiting video, this is an awkward and confusing way to begin.
Naturally, the two oafs join a team of mismatched and uninteresting interns to compete for a job at Infoseek, and slowly win over the nerds around them with their baffling and obnoxious banter. And for a while, the banter between Wilson and Vaughn, while energetic, is just that: obnoxious. Not funny, not amusing, just obnoxious.
It's during these times, when Wilson and Vaughn seem to be adlibbing for no particular reason, that The Internship is not very funny. The other characters roll their eyes and I tried to turn off my ears because their characters are just so outlandish that their presence at Hotbot simply doesn't make any sense.
But once Billy and Nick settle into a groove - followed by the mandatory montage showing just how well they are adapting to the Yahoo culture - the movie finds its footing. The Internship is never consistently hilarious, but the second half is largely entertaining.
What really saves the movie is a series of random, off-the-wall moments scattered throughout that keep things interesting. These generally R-rated scenes (a young man's repeated trip to the bathroom after lap dances comes to mind) stand out from the otherwise tame script, which makes you wonder whether The Internship would have worked better as an R-rated movie.
Who am I kidding? Of course it would have been better as an R-rated movie.
When all is said and done, The Internship could have been a lot better, but it could have been a lot worse. The movie works best when Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson aren't blabbering simultaneously at one another, and when they do slow down The Internship manages to show its charm. Worth seeing in theaters? I don't know. You'll have to Ask Jeeves.
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Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.