BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
JUNE 8, 2013
Although it’s not the genius that was “Wedding Crashers,” Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson’s latest collaboration, “The Internship,” far exceeded my expectations. With a workplace setting, fish-out-of-water plot structure, and trailers that contained very few memorable jokes and the promise of the funniest moments being displayed well before opening night, Shawn Levy’s comedy hits home on several levels.
Nowhere near matching the comedy pairing of their previous endeavor, Vaughn and Wilson still play off one another, unlike almost any comedy duo today. Virtually reprising their former roles, a majority of the laughs come from these comedic veterans. The gimmicky nature of building a film around Google is quite entertaining when it’s all said and done. Balancing comedy and heart, Vaughn and Wilson’s interaction with the rag-tag team comes off wholly authentic and natural.
Bad jokes aside, like the Professor Xavier skit and Max Minghella’s dismal performance, the rest of the film works quite nicely. Topped off by the beautiful and talented Rose Byrne and cameos from Rob Riggle and Will Ferrell, “The Internship” is a slightly better version of whatever you expect it to be, for being a PG-13 comedy about two adults men vying for a dream job at Google.
June 7, 2013
20th Century Fox
(for sexuality, some crude humor, partying and language)