My Take On: The Internship

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Instability sticks with you. This is the starter point for the new Shawn Levy comedy, The Internship. Crashers  Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson team up again for the first time in decades, as more-than-middle-aged Billy and Nick, two watch salesman who lose their jobs following a company bankruptcy. Right from the start, the message about expiration is clear. Watches out, phones in. Stability out, fast-paced-modern-world-where-two-forty-year-old-settled-down-men-could-be-thrown-on-the-road-just-like-any-young-kid in. The two keep up hope though, after the disillusionment of changing times fizzles. They land a chance for an internship at mega billion dollar company, Google, in a huge competition, where they’ll have to compete with young adults half their age. These kids may have less experience, but they have more technical knowledge, social popularity, and fresh opportunity. Don’t underestimate the undergrads. Nobody wants the two on their team, and in fact, they barely make it in the competition. A team is assembled, finally, with a few other social outcasts of the group, a bubbly and vivacious Indian girl (Tiya Sircar) , an antisocial hipster (Dylan O’ Brien), and their overly enthusiastic coach (Josh Brener). The team  faces dysfunction at first, and throughout the most of the competition, with Vaughn and Wilson being wholly out of the loop technologically. But they start to triumph towards the end, when the two “oldies” help infuse the crew with some confidence and help them have some fun. A strip club scene excels in illustrating the bond between the characters, without someone throwing up (yawn). The last challenge proves the toughest, and the team shows up late with their results. Another, more Ivy-League team headed by a snooty upperclassman (Max Minghella) seems to be in the lead, but the final results deem the oddball team the winners, for their unique creativity, and not just astute predictability. It ends on a cheesy note, and all of the trials and tribulations the pair of friends have gone through don’t seem to keep these two apart. The movie is far better than ratings have deemed it. The funny parts are funny, and the touching parts make you beam out of your seat. The consumerist aspect of making an entire film to promote Google seems sniving, but not until you see how well the plot exceeds in making an ad a tale. The somewhat there, somewhat not romance between Wilson and a Google worker played by Rose Byrne is probably one of the weakest aspects of the movie, as the pretense of running into a soul mate at work has proved too movie for too long, but when the two go out to dinner at the end in a montage of joking about how to be the worst date, something works. It’s the comic atmosphere of this film that keeps in the category of “worth a watch”. It’s interesting to see all of the perks of working at possibly the biggest pop culture-dependent company in the world. Watching the film is a lot of fun, and the cast succeeds in keeping it that way. My biggest concern lies in my thirst for Wilson and Vaughn to collaborate again. This is no Crashers, but it is The Internship. In that, I must express my appreciation to a simple film that preserves the ever-changing, yet always refreshing genre of comedy. Felicitaciones. . . Google it.

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