The Internship (2013)
Critic Consensus: The Internship weighs down Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson's comic charisma with a formulaic script and padded running time that leans heavily on its stars' easygoing interplay.
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Critic Reviews for The Internship
Similar to Eddie Murphy's hard right turn from daring and profane comedy to family-friendly romps, Vaughn and Wilson have gone all soft and gooey here.
The comedy of scam and flim-flam is very funny for 20 minutes. After that the script is bent like chair bamboo towards the kind of furniture film-goers are presumed to want for their moral and emotional comfort.
Audience Reviews for The Internship
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson tone down their respective fast-talking and schlubby buddy routines as two middle-aged nobodies who land tech internships at Google based on sheer salesmanship. This mid-life crisis movie is actually rather uplifting in that good intentions and collaborative problem solving triumph over cutthroat post-college millennials who typify the adage "youth is wasted on the young."
Writing mean things about actors is not something I readily enjoy, or hop into when dissecting bad films, but I have to say that watching Vince Vaughan and Owen Wilson play the same two characters for the trillionth time makes my empathy wear thin. They meander through idiotic dialogue and formulaic scenes with the same cruddy performances that they've been turning out since "Wedding Crashers." I will say that the script has a fairly original concept, but in execution it's simply a ginormous advertisement for Google. Google is shown as this untouchable, unattainable place where dreams come true and intellectuals thrive, which feels so fake and unwarranted. It's about as ego stroking as the Jobs biopic, and just as subtle. Still, there is a little bit of that same Wilson-Vaughan charm embedded in this film, though it's difficult to see it through the needless strip club scene, the "quirks" of the side characters, and the pandering to Google. If there's anything positive to be said it would be that this film is very light, and the message is that you can attain anything if you work at it, even if you don't think you're smart enough.
Some of the jokes actually hit their mark, but overall The Internship is so cliche-ridden and unimaginative that nobody wins. Not even Google.
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