The Internship Review – Google Laughter, Amusement and Techie Fun

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The Internship,” the extremely funny and highly enjoyable, merging of the generations flick, from Twentieth Century Fox Film, Dune Entertainment and Regency Enterprises is coming soon to the home entertainment market.

Directed by Shawn Levy, “The Internship” stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, as two relic salesmen in a dot com world holding on for the ride. “The Internship,” also stars John Goodman, Rose Byrne, Aasif Mandvi as Internship Director Mr. Chetty.

Josh Nrener, Dylan O’Brien, Tiya Sircar, Tobit Raphael, star as the Google upstarts, with Max Mingehella leading the rival team.  Josh Gad shows up as Headphones, Eric Andre as the cool Internship coordinator, Karen Ceesey and B.J. Novak stars as Internship interviewers with an un-credited cameo by Google founder Sergey Brin.

The Internship,” begins as Vaughn and Wilson, salesmen for Goodman’s watch company, head out to meet their number one client. By the end of the first few minutes it becomes painfully aware that the two, while acceptable are not the top salesman and Goodman, while staying afloat for some time is not the most honorable business owner.

In an entertaining dinner scene the two end the dinner depleted, lost and unemployed. Trying to find a solution, Vaughn hits the computer in what he believes to be a stroke of genius, decided to enroll them in the Google Internship program. Unskilled and tech cavemen, the two sell their way into one of the most competitive internship programs in the country.

Google Headquarters are used as a backdrop and the culture is clearly desirable; lots of play time and lots of work time. The two decide, after a few missteps, they can coattail their way into the jobs.

The employment rest on the completion of the challenges, which are for the most part describes in various cultural terminology, including a Harry Potter sports game, debugging, tech support, creation of a online app and the final challenge: sales.

Needless to say, the first four challenges end up highlighting the inadequacies of the two fish out of water, 20th Century leftovers.

Tech savvy and brain power is not their strong suit and while the others on the team, super smart, although introverted 20 something’s, are determined they’ve given in to the general jaded and disillusioned culture before the games really began.

The Internship,” is very entertaining.  I found myself laughing out loud throughout most of it. Vaughn and Wilson bring serious comedic talent to the screen and their continual 80’s reference to Jennifer Beal’s in “Flashdance,” which seems to be one of the few 80’s references the kids understand, endow the team with inspiration. 

With each near victory, brings a heightened team spirit and even with Vaughn and Wilson, in the background as the challenges and astonishing obstacles become the wisdom and with that one challenge, sales, that even the most tech savvy scientist can’t win without a few people skills, the two oldsters find themselves needed and really a part of something they didn’t plan.

Filmed on location at Google Headquarters in Palo Alto, California, “The Internship,” showcases some seriously stunning evening shots of San Francisco, The Golden Gate Bridge and other stunning landmarks.

The Internship,” is a feel good techie field trip that weaves much loved 80’s references from “Flashdance” and “Back to the Future” for us oldsters into the new millennium of Harry Potter Wizardry.

The Internship,” is fun for everyone. Buy it; own it; you’ll watch it again and again.

The Internship,” hits the home entertainment market October 22, 2013 and is distributed by 20th Century Fox.


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