‘The Google Movie’, would be a better title for this than, ‘The Internship’. The Internet kings are a fully fledged character in this story, feature in almost every shot and probably make up half of the shoddy dialogue in the script for this half-arsed ‘comedy’. You can see the meeting of executives where this whole bizarre idea was put together, ‘Remember those guys that were in that funny film years ago? Well…let’s put them in a Google film’. The concept smacks of desperation and greed for box-office dollars, which it thankfully hasn’t attained, and leads to a boring, cheesy experience that ultimately lacks in consistent laughs.
The convoluted plotline sees two businessmen out of a job. One of them, Vince Vaughn’s generic loser character is looking for jobs on Google (product placement number one), without any luck, when he decides to look into jobs AT Google instead (product placement number two…don’t worry I didn’t count all of them, although at times it seemed a better option to the ‘humour’ on-screen). He joins forces with ex-partner Owen Wilson, again another generic loser, and the two attempt to re-spark their comedic success with ‘Wedding Crashers’, by having all sorts of shenanigans in Google’s campus, a place where at least 75% of the movie takes place.
We get a ‘mental Hunger Games’ battle between different teams of interns, which sees challenges set. The app challenge feels like an ‘Apprentice’ rip-off, the ridiculous Quidditch challenge, which is even mentioned by a character as, ‘why are we even doing this?!’, and the phone challenge…PLEASE. The more it dragged the more I lost interest in whether these two guys got into Google or not. One little thing I liked was the way they bonded as a team, and the ‘strip club’ scene was probably the best 5/10 mins of the film for me, and a good laugh.
But all this Google nonsense aside, the simple fact of the matter is that the movie is just not funny enough. I hardly laughed at all, and when I did it took a good half an hour for that to happen! The start and end are just bad, with unsuccessful cameos from Will Ferrell and John Goodman (why?!), and when it gets watchable, in the mid-section, when the team of interns, predictably, bond with one another, the film’s overtones drastically waiver from one end of the scale to another. One minute we’re expected to openly laugh at a person being bullied because of their weight, the next we’re expected to care for the ‘old-timers’, Vaughn and Wilson, who I’ve never taken to as an actor. Vaughn’s improv comedy is funny, but it’s overdone on many occasions.
As I’ve mentioned, it’s generic as hell. The romantic sections can be spotted from a mile away, nothing is subtle and you just think ‘what?’ for several of the outcomes, nothing is real-life, and this crap only happens in Hollywood movies. It wants to have a heart aswell as the sting that comes with the brand of ‘insult’ comedy, that is so popular nowadays. The likes of ‘Ted’, managed it perfectly, with Seth McFarlane’s great touches as a comedic presence infront of and behind the camera. This does not.
Whilst it’s not a total waste of an hour and a half, it’s not worth seeing in the cinema, more of a TV movie, when there’s nothing else on, and I mean NOTHING. As I saw it at a preview screening too, designed for word of mouth to spread, I’ve still got to put up with a bombardment of advertising, it’s everywhere! TV, YouTube, Spotify, you name it. I want this film to go away quickly, so please, I beg you not to see it! Go see, ‘This is the End’, instead, something which will be reviewed by myself soon.