The Internship (2013) Film Review

Google. What would we do without it?

Or should I say, what would Google do without Billy and Nick?

The Internship follows the life of to rusty old businessmen, Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) whom seem to have lost their USP. After winding up jobless, Billy’s focus is to dip into the world of possibilities. Fate brings him closer to Google, where a post for an Internship glows right before his eyes. Billy and Owen take their chance and set off on a productive journey. Several groups have to battle it out, accomplishing difficult tasks in order to receive the golden internship prize.

Director Shawn Levy structures the film in a very conventional way, following this idea of war between the groups. It almost reminded me of Monsters University where everyone was fighting for the same goal. The endless tasks felt too stretched out, where one was a parody of the Quidditch game from Harry Potter (nuff said). Although the groups were competitive and too indulged into the concept, the overall performance of surrounding candidates felt unreal and unnatural.

Age discrimination was profoundly evident in The Internship. This of which I believe was the writer’s intention in order to create subtle humour. Though I have to admit that anyone can have an internship regardless of their age. To add to that, Billy and Nick were somewhat looked down upon, where their experience and wise knowledge was neither appreciated nor drawn attention to. Majority of this negative energy was channeled through Mr.Chetty’s (Aasif Manfri) adamant behavior, whom I found quite irritating and unnecessary.

Likewise stereotypical representations of young people were perceived. Yet this time in a rather different angle. For example, they tended to be quite obnoxious, glued into the world of technology, with low communication levels, competitive attitudes and lack of confidence in a few.

Owen Wilson definitely brought the comedy in The Internship. His usual carefree behaviour complimented with this weird swagger made his character more likeable and thus entertaining to watch. He never seemed too serious and always put the audience at ease.

Similarly, Vince Vaughn fulfilled the role of Billy perfectly. Billy and Nick had this special bromance connection, which was admirable. Their open relationship gave a sense of a positive vibe, where winning was no longer our worry. Billy yet was more in the adult role, where he understood rules and concepts carefully. Yet Nick’s brains and thoughts seem to run faster than Billy whom seemed scared of technology. Indeed we saw sparks of their childish behavior, yet their old school tricks were relatable which redeemed the silliness.

Google’s production design by Tom Meyer was iconically exceptional. The ‘cool’ gadgets, colourful furniture and unique inventions became this Google city. With everything being ‘free’ and the atmosphere so chaotic, we couldn’t help but want to be part of the program. We somewhat felt proud to use Google as our number one search engine.

Overall, The Internship definitely brought a variety of results (pun-intended). The character development of Billy and Nick was initially quite weak, yet their strong friendship grew onto us. Their likable personalities and humorous behavior brought in the comedic twist. Although the pacing was not so smooth and the narrative was repetitive, the overall concept of the competition and the moral of ‘anyone can do it’ was encountered. The Internship for me was an average on the entertainment factor and comedy scale, where most of this was due to the weak storyline. We were expecting a build up, yet continued to be disappointed with blunt responses and irrelevant scenes. The ending was far to cliché, where I was hoping for something a little more promising. Intertexual references were at its highest and somewhat became a norm. A fun film, but a weak comedy.

My Rating: 5/10

Written by: Meera Darji

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2 thoughts on “The Internship (2013) Film Review

  1. Good review Meera. To me, this just seemed like it was a true-sign that Vaughn and Wilson may have to act their ages a bit more to garner laughs from the crowd. The young, free-wheeling act that they’re so known for, just isn’t quite catching on anymore like it once did.

    1. Thank you very much. I totally agree with you and it is evident from what you have said. The comedy levels were low, where Vince and Owen seemed diluted.

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