Google is a search engine; its purpose is to provide immediate results. The same can be said for Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson’s new film, The Internship, what you expect is what you get. You know that the predictable plot will invoke outbursts of uncontrollable laughter (involving Alanis Morissette and a cameo appearance from Will Ferrell), just as you know that Vaughn will deliver his lines at impressive speeds and that ˜everything’s okay’ for Wilson and his Southern drawl. But sometimes that is exactly what you need. You need a film that you can just enjoy with no catches or surprises.
After initial struggles with a webcam, jobless salesmen Nick Campbell (Wilson) and Billy McMahon (Vaughn) manage to get themselves internships at Google. As one imagines, their age inspires the majority of the film’s humour, causing conflict with the younger interns. Although we see this coming from a mile away, we still laugh and enjoy watching them struggle as ˜Noogles’. In order to secure employment with Google Nick and Billy must complete and win challenges over the course of the summer. The element of competition, (with of course is primarily against a stereotypical arrogant English student) ensures many of the gags, with a game of Quidditch Harry Potter would be ashamed of and spending an obligatory night out to discover themselves, bringing harmony among the generations as well as an obligatory side romance thrown in to remind us Wilson’s still got his southern charm.
With past successes like Wedding Crashers now firmly in the rear view mirror audiences will be flocking into cinemas for their next dose of Vaughan-Wilson comedy. What they’ll see is a feel good plot which allows the two stars plenty of room to free-style on centre stage with the results beind, rather disappointingly mixed. The old formula has lost some of its strength but the two are as profoundly likable as they’ve always been and hit the mark enough to have you leaving the cinema with a smile on your face. The Internship is easy watch summer comedy with a couple of neat twists the best of which was giving this reviewer a deep need to go work for Google.