Director: Shawn Levy
Studio: Regency Enterprises / Wild West Picture Show Productions
Stars: Rose Byrne, Owen Wilson, VInce Vaughn
If you’ve seen the trailer for The Internship, then you know the premise: dumped by their companies, two technologically challenged 40-something salesmen (Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson) try to reinvent themselves among young digi-heads at the workplace wonderland known as Google.
Aside from being one long Google ad, the starting-over comedy features the former golden boys getting ridiculed and harassed in every predictable way. They’re jibed about their ages (“dinosaurs,” their ex-boss John Goodman calls them) and they’re ridiculed by ruthlessly competitive coworkers, which include delightfully snide Max Minghella and eager puppy Josh Brener, for their lack of pop-cul savvy. As well they should be. Seriously, these guys have never even heard of X-Men?
Amid the mechanical plot devices and a comic side trip to a San Francisco strip joint that seems to have bungee jumped from a funnier, slicker movie, there’s even time for scene-stealing by Aasif Mandvi as a snide corporate tool and a nice little romance between Wilson and the charming Rose Byrne.
The movie, directed by Shawn Levy and written by Vince Vaughn and Jared Stern, is obviously meant to capitalize on our memories of Vaughn and Wilson’s earlier, raunchier hit, Wedding Crashers. But where that 2005 hit had comic anarchy on its mind, this new one is kinder, gentler and much duller. The Internship, though, is likeable and good spirited, and it’s cool to see that the comic chemistry between motor-mouthed Vaughn and perfect straight man Wilson is as strong as ever.