Dumb. No adjective better describes this movie. The Internship is dumb from the opening nonfunny salvo to the also unfunny happy ending. At times, it moves so slow and is so predictable that, if not for the continual high energy shouting of the main characters, in a warm theater you might find yourself nodding off.
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play super salesmen Billy McMahon and Nick Campbell. They're dinosaurs. It's a mobile app and website age. They sell watches. No problem. Vaughn's McMahon and Wilson's Campbell are positive thinkers and like many pro sales people, are masters at turning lemons into lemonade.
That last cliche statement is on purpose. The Internship is packed with cliche everything. Characters. Crises. Lines. Romance. All that is original is the setting, one deliberately designed to market two aging actor/comedians to a younger, mobile application-addicted generation.
After the company they work for closes and they lose their jobs, McMahon signs the two up for an internship at Google. There, they are predictably teamed with other odd-ball losers to compete in a series of challenges to see who gets full-time jobs. Neither man knows squat about mobile apps, writing a mobile app or website programs, or the technology Google pushes.
To get the jobs, they're competing with the world's best and brightest. No way do these two get even close to campus in the real world. But movie comedies aren't real world.
The Internship is a bonding movie. You've seen a million of them. Most of us, given the outline of the plot, could write this script and maybe even do it better. Against significant odds, the losers become winners and the enthusiasm and leadership of McMahon and Campbell are the reason.
Yada, yada, yada.
For a person claiming to be a comedian, Vaughn isn't all that funny. He co-wrote the lame comedies The Break-Up and Couples Retreat, came up with this story and co-writes with Jered Stern who, in turn co-wrote the dreadful The Watch and parts of Mr. Popper's Penguins. He also did "additional material" on Wreck-It Ralph.
Shawn Levy, of Night at the Museum series fame, directs.
To their credit, Vaughn and Wilson are super talented. It's almost impossible not to like them. Vaughn excels at being irritating; Wilson at lovable. Like their hit Wedding Crashers, the two have excellent chemistry. Their patter is perfect. One starts a sentence and the other finishes it fluently. The young actors -- Josh Brener, Dylan O'Brien, Tiya Sircar and Tobit Raphael -- taking part in the film are also charismatic and click.
Chemistry is one thing. Funny is another. A half-hour of Vaughn and Wilson's nonstop and nonfunny babbling and predictable crises, and you're ready for them to flunk out of their internship, pack up what's left of your popcorn and go.
Director: Shawn Levy
Stars: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne, Josh Brener, Dylan O'Brien, Tiya Sircar, Tobit Raphael
Mr. Movie rating: 2 stars
Rated PG13 for mature themes. It's playing at Regal's Columbia Center 8, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.