The Internship (2 stars)

The Internship

Overlong and predictable comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson

Product placement is rife in many modern blockbusters but rarely so blatant as in The Internship, a comedy that spends too much of its time showing what a great place Google is to work as a movie. It’s a folly that cripples the film and sits a little uneasily given recent headlines surrounding the online giant's tax affairs and collection of street view data.

But that’s far from the only problem with this comedy, which reunites Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson for the first time since 2005’s box office smash Wedding Crashers. The script, co-written by Vaughn and Jared Stern, is also flat, while the running time feels bloated for such an obvious story.

The film picks up as motor-mouthed salesmen Billy McMahon (Vaughn) and Nick Campbell (Wilson) are released from their jobs, prompting them to chase an internship at Google in a bid to improve their job prospects. Once there, they find themselves placed with a team of nerdy no-hopers vying for the one, highly coveted internship on offer and pitted against various other groups of tech-savvy youngsters, the favourite of which is led by an arrogant Brit (Max Minghella). There’s also the chance of romance for Campbell when he meets career-minded worker Dana (Rose Byrne).

The Internship isn’t without some funny moments, the majority of which stem from the undoubted chemistry that still exists between its two leading men. The younger cast members also have charisma but they all pander too easily to stereotypes (the mummy’s boy, the outsider, etc), while the various set-ups and pay-offs all roll out in predictable fashion.

Alongside the film’s increasingly irritating ‘Googliness’, The Internship is as silver-tongued and soulless as the rhetoric it appears to peddle.

General release from Wed 3 Jul.

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The Internship

  • 2 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 1h 59min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Shawn Levy
  • Written by: Vince Vaughn
  • Cast: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne, Max Minghella
  • UK release: 3 July 2013

When middle-aged salesmen Billy (Vaughn) and Nick (Wilson) are made redundant, they chase an internship at Google: massive product placement ensues. Vaughn and Wilson still have some chemistry but the script feels flat and the whole thing is cripplingly soulless.