Stars: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson
Runs: 119 minutes
I wasn’t really keen on seeing The Internship.
The previews hadn’t sold it for me.
It looked like one long Google ad with some lame Vince Vaughn jokes thrown in.
But it was my friend’s birthday therefore her movie choice.
To tell the truth, she’s sat through a few average movies I’ve picked so I didn’t really have a high road to stand on.
For the first 20 minutes or so I was rolling my eyes and muttering to myself, ‘So not funny’.
Middle-aged Luddites Billy McMahon (Vaughn) and Nick Campbell (Owen Wilson) lose their jobs as watch salesmen due to the growth of online shopping. Yawn.
Somehow they wangle their way into the Google internship program.
Cue scenes of the shiny, fabulous Google workplace and bright, happy workers. Double yawn.
When it’s time to form teams to compete for permanent jobs, none of the other interns, a.k.a. Nooglers, pick Billy and Nick because they’re old and obviously have no clue what they’re doing.
Finally, some team-less Gen Ys are forced out of desperation to join forces with our boys.
But as the story progressed past “dad jokes” like ‘It’s online, not on the line’ I found myself warming to Billy and Nick and loving their interaction with the younger members of the team.
In the end the Gen Xers showed they could still learn new tricks while teaching their tech-savvy but socially inept teammates a thing or two about the real world via lessons learnt from bad ‘80s movies.
It’s not brain surgery but if you’re after a funny, feel-good, coming-of-age movie, The Internship is worth a look.
Rating: 3 Google Plugs