They’re back! Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn team up once again with their new comedy The Internship, which hits theatres today.
For all those Wedding Crashers fans out there (which also starred Wilson and Vaughn back in 2005), this could easily be viewed as a less raunchy sequel. They may have different names, but their good-natured joking around and “bromance” is still going strong. Wilson and Vaughn bring home the laughs again this time around, as do their other co-stars who are all fresh-out-of-school youngsters battling to get an internship at the famous utopia of the Google headquarters.
This movie could be easily overlooked but, despite my personal bias for buddy-comedies and anything that features Vaughn and Wilson together (although, let’s be honest, not everything they’ve done has been solid gold), this movie was very funny and entertaining the whole way through.
Billy (Vaughn) and Nick (Wilson) are salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital world. Trying to prove they are not obsolete, they defy the odds by talking their way into an internship at Google, along with a battalion of brilliant college students. Now they must compete with a group of the nation’s most elite, tech-savvy geniuses. To gain access to this world, Billy and Nick draw upon their crackerjack salesmanship skills to reinvent themselves as interns (or, in Google-speak, Nooglers). Surrounded by whiz kids half their age, the two masters of persuasion use their life experiences and swagger to lead their team of interns to greatness.
What we loved
Due to my love for Vaughn and Wilson, there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to watch this movie! But, if you are still on the fence, than allow me to suggest that this enjoyable and good-hearted story about underdogs coming out on top could make for a fun parents-night-out.
One of my favourite aspects of the movie is the fact that, although Vaughn and Wilson’s characters are smooth-talking, good-with-the-ladies type of guys, they always seem to pull together with the group’s outcasts to bring a little fun into the mix and make others feel accepted.
It’s entertaining to see Wilson and Vaughn age into these “old guys” characters who try to fit in and stay relevant.
For the most part this movie is pretty clean, good-natured fun. Keep in mind, however, that if you are thinking of bringing kids under the age of 13, there is a strip-club scene which includes drinking, scantily-clad ladies and fighting. But on the whole, this movie has a sweet story at its centre.
PG — Parental guidance recommended