The Internship

The Internship

Shawn Levy (2013)

114min
12 Certificate
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Our Score
Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn made a winning double act in Wedding Crashers, but, eight years later, they're just going through the motions in director Shawn Levy's clunky work culture-clash comedy. They play a pair of old-school salesmen who are forced to seek greener pastures after being made redundant. Google HQ in California turns out to be that garden paradise, in a film that, disturbingly, plays like a recruitment video for a cult with a Zen-like philosophy of interconnectedness. Wilson and Vaughn and their fellow (much younger) interns must compete for a job by taking part in a random and increasingly tedious series of challenges. And while the Harry Potter-loving whizz kids get their kicks playing a game of Quidditch, it falls to the older guys to show them how to have some real fun. Sadly, this feel-good factor doesn't translate to the audience. Levy's film may boast a hi-tech backdrop, but it's an old banger of a comedy, with Vaughn's mile-a-minute spiel especially rusty and Wilson looking too meditative throughout.

Summary

Two old-fashioned salesmen find their careers derailed by changes in technology. They nevertheless manage to get internships at an internet company, but face a battle to come to terms with modern business methods, while competing against younger rivals. Comedy, starring Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and Rose Byrne.

Cast & Crew

Billy McMahon Vince Vaughn
Nick Campbell Owen Wilson
Dana Rose Byrne
Mr Chetty Aasif Mandvi
Graham Hawtrey Max Minghella
Lyle Josh Brener
Stuart Dylan O'Brien
Neha Tiya Sircar
Director Shawn Levy
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Swearing, sexual references. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 28 Jun 2013
Comedy