So Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are two schlubby guys who manage to somehow get an internship at Google and now they have to compete against some of the greatest minds for the chance to work at one of the best companies in the world. Hilarity ensues. I went into The Internship not expecting a whole lot. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson both have some perfectly entertaining movies that I enjoy, Wedding Crashers being one of them, but their comedies aren’t exactly the type of movie that sends people ranting and raving. Well, until now.
I had figured The Internship would be Vince Vaughn as a lovable asshole and Owen Wilson as a nice guy who gets wrapped up into assholish activities engaging in many dick and fart jokes at Google HQ. I’m not saying I wouldn’t have enjoyed that movie, but that’s the type of movie you see once, laugh, and then never care if you see it again. That was the movie they appear to be marketing as well, which does it a huge disservice. I was expecting to enjoy The Internship, I wasn’t expecting to love it.
There are two types of comedies, those whose plots exist to string together jokes and those whose plots are an integral part to the overall movie. The Internship could have just been a movie about two out of touch guys in their 40s having to adapt to the fast paced computer world of the young people, and yes there are those jokes, but there is also so much more than that. Somehow director Shawn Levy managed to make Owen Wilson and more notably Vince Vaughn into likeable characters without having to eschew their usual shtick, and even elevating that shtick in the process.
When you look at this movie, it looks like it can go one of two ways: Either we have a comedy aimed at the older generation, focusing on how crazy these young kids are, or you have a comedy for the 20 somethings about how out of touch their parents are. The Internship bridges the gap. It’s a movie that wants to say everyone has a use, even when they don’t think that they do. It’s a feel-good comedy at its heart and it is both an ode to and a modernization of what we saw so many of in the 80s. The constant Flashdance references certainly helped as well.
The Internship is one of the few movies I’ve seen that gets references right, especially with the Flashdance references. For my fellow 20 somethings who aren’t weird and have actually watched Flashdance like me, they can still enjoy the references because part of the joke is that the fellow interns don’t get it, but if you do know Flashdance it only makes the joke funnier. It also helps that it is a joke built around a reference and not just a reference trying to be a joke, but that’s more of a complaint about modern comedy than praise for the movie.
The Internship is a comedy that manages to be so much more than it should. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are starring in something I not only laughed thoroughly throughout, but I would highly recommend that anyone go see it. Yes, there are still some cliched plot and character elements, but they weren’t glaringly mundane. The summer is when we get a glut of movies that play it safe and appeal to as many people as possible, but The Internship bucks the usual trend by being something genuinely fantastic.
In Theaters: June 7, 2013
Runtime: 119 min
Rating: PG-13 for sexuality, some crude humor, partying and language.
Director: Shawn Levy
Cast: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Rose Byrne.
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Official Site: http://www.theinternshipmovie.com/