The Internship – Film Review

July 18, 2013 8:21 pm

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson star in the latest comedy to hit the screens this summer. When salesmen Billy (Vaughn) and Nick (Wilson) are laid off, Billy tries to get the duo back on track and up to date with the modern world by applying for an internship meant for college students at Google. Billy is determined that he and Nick will succeed for once with their creative and relaxed style, but will the challenges provided by Google prove too much for the pair?612596-internship

I think it’s important as a reviewer to be entirely honest for the benefit of the public. So here’s me being entirely honest: The Internship was disastrous from beginning to end. For one thing, the whole film is just one big advert for Google and all that the technology giant has to offer. In fact, the advertising is so shameless that you come to expect the characters in each scene to spout off as much information as possible about the advantages of Gmail compared to the inferior Outlook.com (which is unfortunately true. Bring back Hotmail.) The film even shows Billy and Nick trying to convince a small business to make a deal with Google, as though the only hope that companies have for the future is to throw their lot in with Google.

The biggest issue, however, is a simple one. The Internship is not remotely funny, not even enough for me to crack a smile at any point during the film. One of my pet hates is watching un-funny comedy and not even Orange Wednesdays reducing mine and my friend’s ticket price to £2.50 could stop me regretting having wasted my money.

The Internship is also clearly created by and directed at the male population. I did not appreciate having to watch semi-naked women gyrating around poles in a club whilst all the characters proceeded to ogle at them, get drunk, have a fight and then get thrown out. And that’s not even mentioning the peer-pressure culture rearing its ugly head again for Yo-Yo, a home-schooled student who cannot stand up to his mother. Since when did films essentially advocate this?

The Internship simply has nothing going for it. The plot is predictable, the characters are annoying and it’s never even heard of humour. This film comes with a warning: do not watch under any circumstances.

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