The Internship

The Internship


Hiring them was a brilliant mistake.

Vince Vaughn (also the film's co-writer) and Owen Wilson star in this comedy about two salesmen in their 40s whose careers have been torpedoed in the modern era. Out to prove they aren't obsolete and carve themselves out a future in an online world, they score an internship at Google that pits them against a battalion of brilliant college students. Gaining entrance to this technological utopia is only half the battle. Now they must compete with a group of the nation’s most elite, tech-savvy geniuses to prove that necessity really is the mother of re-invention. From director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum).

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Internship is great for employers, requiring people to give up their time with not much in the way of reward – which makes it not only this film’s subject matter but also an apt description of the mediocrity on offer. Despite appearing nothing more than a rote, predictable comedy that traded on the likeability of leads Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn (also the film’s screenwriter), The Internship still manages to disappoint as the pair sleepwalk through the film, seemingly unaware of how abjectly unfunny it is.... More

While there’s no need to be ashamed about the broad, mainstream appeal The Internship is gunning for, Vaughn deserves to feel that way about writing and appearing in several deeply embarrassing scenes that resoundingly fail to wring any humour out of the concept of 40-something men who don’t understand consumer-level technology. Early in the film the lads fail to appreciate the workings of video chat – precious little laughter ensues; later, minutes pass while Vaughn repeatedly can’t appreciate the difference between “online” and “on the line”. It’s awkward.

While the onscreen duo may coast much of the way through their Google internship on charm alone, this won’t wash for moviegoers. With too few gags, too lazy characterisation and too little narrative to invest in you’re likely to find yourself increasingly distracted by the insane prominence of Google throughout. Product placement hasn’t been taken to another level but a hitherto unknown dimension here, and as with Wilson and Vaughn the familiar, warm fuzzy presence of Google is supposed to make it all OK. It doesn’t.Hide

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BY Brian1 superstar

A moderately entertaining movie, probably not a must see at theatre costs

BY Coraliee superstar

Whatever movies these two create you can be sure to have a laugh - I really enjoyed this film and will definitely watch it again. Highly recommend this if you want a good night in that will lift your parents.

BY Gerd superstar

Lame script seen a million times. A bunch of nerds wins against all odds dressed in a 100 minute advertising flick for Google underlined by primitive acting and directed using the typical American "happy happy, pancake pancake" stupidity dripping approach. I thought of leaving the theatre several times but unfortunately stood in hope that it would get better. With other words avoided at all cost.

BY Panapple wannabe

I must say I was pleasantly surprised and entertained by this delightful movie. Not a nice Vaughan fan, but am now!

BY jaynine superstar

Film was funny (hence the three stars).
Critique: The characters weren't engaging enough, I was more focused on the idea that Google was that badass. It was a fairly predictable film; you had the "baddy", the "boss", and the awkward "misfits"- Wilson and Vaughn were just plugged IN IT.

At the end of the film I just wanted to work for Google because they had a slide.

The Press Reviews

36% of critics recommend.
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  • The real star of The Internship is Google itself, and what a self-aggrandizing diva she is. Full Review

  • A flabby farce that might win a pass at the box office because it's just so cute and family friendly. But where's your edge, guys? Where are the laughs that walk a tightrope? Full Review

  • A movie sorely bereft of ideas, laughs and justification for the comic duo’s undifferentiating self-regard. Full Review

  • This big-hearted underdog comedy... much like its two leads, exceedingly affable and good-natured despite being undeniably long in the tooth. The pic's unwavering charm keeps it afloat. Full Review

  • A good premise and a good cast flounder in search of a wittier script. Full Review

  • A big-studio release that, from start to gaga finish, is a hosanna to a single company, its products, philosophy and implicit politics. Full Review

  • A gratuitous spruik for the money-churning web giants but not without moments of wit. The duo rediscover a little of their old magic. Full Review

  • Eight years on from Wedding Crashers, Vaughn and Wilson successfully rekindle their irascible shtick. Full Review

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