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‘The Internship’ Review: Starring Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson & Josh Gad

There’s no doubt that Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson have impeccable chemistry. 2005’s Wedding Crashers is considered one of the best comedies of the last decade and its certain that audiences and critics alike were excited about an onscreen reunion for the funny duo in The Internship.

Well, it really could not have been more of a disappointment for Crashers fans. Not only is The Internship not really that funny, its annoyingly safe and one big fat advertisement for Google.

Nick (Owen Wilson) and Billy (Vince Vaughn) are two salesmen who soon find themselves out of a job. Desperate to get something new and exciting, Billy browses the web, searching for sales jobs and stumbles across an internship at Google. He convinces Nick to apply with him and before they know it, the two are making their way to Mountain View, CA to compete among several college kids for a full-time job at Google.

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The fact that these two middle-aged sales guys made their way into an internship at Google is goofy within itself, but the screenplay doesn’t allow for much explanation about what type of job the internship is for. The college kid interns are top of their class and super tech-savvy, yet Nick and Billy don’t have any computer skills at all.

On the first day of the internship, the interns are told to form groups by Mr. Chetty (Aasif Mandvi), the head boss of the new interns. Because of their age, no one wants to take part in Nick and Billy’s group and the two are left with a few other misfit interns. Google employee and super-nerd Lyle (Josh Brener) heads up the misfit group, which includes the loner jerk (Dylan O’Brien), the quirky smart girl (Tiya Sircar) and the Asian nerd (Tobit Raphael), who is the best character in the movie. When the summer is over, the group who wins the most competitions gets the jobs at Google.

The Internship almost feels like a continuation of Wilson and Vaughn’s characters from Wedding Crashers. They are still smart, rambunctious and love to flirt with women. In full Crashers fashion, Nick begins a flirtation with Dana (Rose Byrne), a hard-working, career-orientated Google gal. The best scene in the movie is when Nick takes Dana out to dinner; its hilarious and heartfelt. In fact all of their short scenes together were better than the majority of the film. I just wish we got more from Byrne’s character, rather than the stereotypical love interest for Nick.

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And as much as I adore Max Minghella (10 Years), his portrayal of the one-note over-the-top villain is boring and just too much. There is no presence of him when he isn’t on the screen and in comedies, the villain usually is pretty funny, but here his character just wasn’t anything memorable. He was no Ben Stiller in Dodgeball, that’s for sure!

Directory Shawn Levy’s (Date Night) The Internship gives a few laughs, but isn’t the comedy everyone was hoping for. Vaughn and Wilson attempt to give it their touch of slapstick comedy, knowing that’s what their fans like, but the screenplay is no match for their talents.

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