Friday, June 7 2013, 08:13 PM MDT
Movie Review: The Internship
2.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Shawn Levy
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne
Recommended To: Die hard Vince Vaughn fans who haven’t grown tired of his shtick.
Synopsis: The digital age has made salesmen Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) obsolete. Desperate to find their place in the modern world the duo applies to be interns at Google.
Review: Vaughn and Wilson play fish out of water for laughs and while there are some funny moments The Internship feels insincere, smug and a bit obnoxious. Vaughn essentially plays a version of himself while Wilson gives an incredibly uneven performance. Part of the problem is the screenplay. Co-written by Vaughn and Jared Stern the script isn’t nearly as vulgar as Stern’s The Watch (it does push the limits of its PG-13 rating) but again it relies too heavily on the ad-lib talents of the cast and more often than not these moments fall flat. There is a nice subplot involving Wilson and Rose Byrne, but it comes and goes far too quickly. The supporting cast feels more committed to their roles than the leads, but they’re simply playing the traditional stereotypical characters that populate ensemble comedies.
The Internship isn’t a bad film; it just feels uninspired. There are laughs to be had, but the movie feels destined to fade into the ether.
-Ryan Michael Painter