You would not believe how many people I run in to that are worried that they can’t get jobs in todays time. I can understand the stress as I went to college during the recession and even I was afraid that a simple nine to five job was impossible to seek. I think that the biggest problem is that were trying to fill ourselves with positions that can work in our favor. And guys like me really don’t have any special skills. It’s that moment in which we need to see that if we want work, we have to find out what is it that companies want.
As everything is online these days, companies really need people that have good computer skills. Though I went to school during hard times, I also grew up in an era where the use of computer technology was rising. This did give me the chance to learn about the education that a lot of companies need for computers. I can’t crack an encryption code or make an app, but I’ve learned how to write in HTML and have used this skill to get work as a website administrator (besides my own site). I hope that most kids are taking the advantage of their head start to learn about this stuff, because this is the skill we need today. Two older guys attempt to break into this industry with the new comedy, The Internship.
This comedy centers around two salesmen, Billy McMahon (played by Vince Vaughn) and Nick Campbell (played by Owen Wilson). The two are best friends and have been successful watch salesmen for a long time. But then their lives are turned around when it is announced that the watch company they’ve worked at has closed. Billy seems to have a hard time finding work until he decides to apply for work at Google.
As stated by Billy, “It’s not for a job job, but an interview for an internship that could lead to a job”. He convinces Nick to join him and they join an online university so that they qualify for the intern position. They are accepted, despite having no background in computer technology, and immediately head off to the real life offices of Google. They face many students half their age as they attempt to fit in and make the rights friends to make it or break it in Google.
Where do I begin with this two-hour ad from Google? What surprises me a lot is that Google, one of the most innovative and creative companies of all time, would have wanted to participate in this. You would think that if their name was going to be a part of a movie, they would have wanted to look into something more unorthodox and out of the box, rather then this cardboard cutout of a fish out of water story. You know, two guys attempt to fit into an environment where they don’t fit in. Gee, I wonder how this is going to end?
In the first twenty minutes of this story, I’ve already seen why The Internship wasn’t going to work. Vince Vaughn is trying to play his bullshit artist against Google and lie his way into a job, but without any computer knowledge or any background of tech support. There would be no way that something as smart as Google, Apple or any computer company would take a thought into hiring these morons. It’s not that Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play bad characters, but they seriously couldn’t find work as salesmen. A lot of companies these days teach salesmen how to sell online. But these guys are trying to find work as computer tech guys. Not even Robert Preston from The Music Man could con his way into Google.
I wouldn’t care about this if the comedy was at least good. Desperate is the right word to describe this movie. The comedy duo from Wedding Crashers really try hard to give the audience the same lovable buddy laughs that worked before. But while Wedding Crashers was naughty but sweet, The Internship’s script feels too restrained and safe with a PG-13 rating. Most jokes go nowhere and only exist to stretch this running time as long as possible. At almost two hours, this is like five hours in cinema time. Could The Internship have worked at all? Maybe if it went for a hard R style comedy that Judd Apatow is known for, but put in the hands of Shawn Levy (who also directed Night at the Museum), this movie feels dead before it can even get going.
I’ll give this one and a half broken Google logos out of five. The Internship is brought down by a lousy script that needed to be a lot wittier then it thinks it is.