Wednesday, July 29, 2015

If you have an AOL.com email address, then you'll LOVE 'The Internship'

The Internship is nothing we haven't seen before.

If you have an AOL.com email address, then you'll LOVE 'The Internship'

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The Internship is nothing we haven't seen before.

Vince Vaughn plays a guy who forces himself into an odd situation in which he's surrounded by people who are much younger than he is. Despite reeking of mediocrity, Vaughn manages to commandeer a role of authority among this rag-tag group of his significantly younger peers, inspiring them to compete in a meaningless decathlon of ridiculous challenges. But, first, he's got to talk one of the Wilson actors into going along with his plan. Eventually, their successful completion of said decathlon increases everyone's respective self-worth, allowing them to rise to the occassion and aspire to be great within their own mediocre existence. Also, there's a prominent joke about Will Ferrell's neck. Sound familiar? It should.

Owen Wilson is basically a puppy dog with blonde hair who puts his hands on his hips a lot and uses overconfidence (but not the douchey kind) and persistence (but not the illegal kind) to woo a pretty woman. Periodically, he has to shift focus from courting that lady (whom he hardly knows) and bantering with Vince Vaughn to cater to his buddy's diva-sized ego and segue into a Will Ferrell cameo. Though their complicated introduction, her initial reluctance and/or disinterest, and other mounting obstacles suggest that their love will never be consumated, he finds a way to sweep her off her feet as some indie song plays in the background. It's mom rock. Also, sports, boat shoes and a significantly more skilled antagonist. Sound familiar? It should.

The Internship is the bromance and love story from Wedding Crashers and the plot from Old School packaged together for Baby Boomers who made their kids turn off the television during dinner in the '90s. Billy McMahon (Vaughn) and Nick Campbell (Wilson) play middle-aged salesmen who fall on hard times when their company folds. With their backs against the wall, they land internships at Google's California headquarters—even though they have none of the prerequisite skills—because Google prides itself on doing weird crap.

Once on the campus, McMahon and Campbell are set up with a group of other misfit computer nerds for a summer-long competition to determine who will earn full-time positions with the Internet behemoth. Campbell spends the summer courting the lovely Dana (Rose Byrn), while McMahon tries to rally the troops to ward off the bullying tactics of super nerd Graham Hawtrey (Max Minghella).

Though its structure is tired, its dialogue is banal, and the Vaughn/Wilson schtick feels as old as the actors look next to the other interns, the uplifting message and likeable cast will allow for The Internship to resonate with a contingent of the American audience.

Seriously, the message is positive, most of the cast showed up (kind of and mostly just for the paycheck), and there's just enough "inappropriate humor" to make the more conservative folks squirm once or twice. It glosses over incredibly complicated technological concepts to acknowledge the importance of the Internet and the social/tech integration, but balances that out with a not-so-subtle "NO TEXTING AT THE TABLE!" lecture.

This movie is not for people who instagram, snapchat, dropbox, or gchat. It's not for Redditors or bloggers or developers or anyone who works in Palo Alto. If you get your email on your phone, you'll definitely be bored by The Internship.

The film seems to be targeted to people with flip phones and folks who think it might be time to finally find out what this whole LinkedIn thing is about. Did you just teach your parents to text? Did you just spend 35 minutes walking your grandparents through restarting their router? Tell them to go see The Internship—they'll probably love it.

On a scale of Marmaduke to Swingers, The Internship is a four. Unless you're using an AOL.com email address, then it's probably an eight or something.

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