2013 Running time: 119 Certificate: 12 Rating: 3
The Internship

Synopsis

The digital age means redundancy for old school, motor-mouthed salesmen Billy and Nick (Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson). Out of touch and out of work but desperate to show they're not obsolete, they talk their way into an internship at internet giant Google. Sidelined with a group of young "Noogler" misfits, they have come together and compete with adolescent computer whizz kids for the prize of a job. Vaughn and Wilson repeat the chemistry of Wedding Crashers in a sharp comedy that gently mocks the slightly unsettling culture of Googlerism.

Director

  • Shawn Levy

Cast

  • Vince Vaughn

  • Owen Wilson

  • Rose Byrne

  • John Goodman

  • Dylan O'Brien

Review

The attractions of working for Google are many.

You will be a part of white-hot technology company that is at the cutting edge of contemporary culture. You can ride around on multi-coloured bikes munching on complementary muffins. And, of course, you don't have to pay any tax.

For jobless sales rep team Billy (Vaughn) and Nick (Wilson) working for Google is a last resort as their familiar world of high pressure pitching has been replaced by computer algorithms that do away with old-fashioned hard sell.

Wangling their way onto the Californian company's intern scheme with a some dubious qualifications, they are immediately out of their depth among the legions of digitally savvy bright young things also seeking a coveted role with the Internet giant.

Obliged to join a scratch team of other less obvious candidates, including an html-literate mother's boy, a foxy programmer and a buzzword-spouting nerd, they have to complete a series of tasks with the winning team becoming full-time Googlers.

However, Billy and Nick's remorseless sales patter looks out of place in this sun-kissed nerd utopia and there's also trouble ahead from ruthlessly competitive British rival Graham (Minghella).

If you can ignore the eulogising of Google as a pinnacle of corporate altruism, there's fun to be had as the likeable forty-somethings - recapturing the comedy chemisty of Wedding Crashers - teach the tech-savvy whippersnappers the value of human connection.

The gags - co-written by Vaughn - keep coming and the gawkily amenable characters gently poke fun at an organisation that - with its nap-pods, free food and earnest worthiness - invite a satirical kicking.

Tim Evans

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