“The Internship” is available on Blu-ray beginning Oct. 22.
“The Internship” is a painfully unfunny movie for the first hour. It’s in the film’s second hour when it briefly picks up, but it’s not enough to completely change one’s opinion.
Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn play two salesmen who lose their jobs, after their company folds, and find themselves interning at Google – which has been deemed the number one place to work. But how they got past the interview process is completely far-fetched. The two do a Google Hangout with two interviewers, and their fast-talking; obnoxious attitudes; and falsified resumes seem to make at least one person interested in what these two could possibly bring to the search engine giant.
At Google, the two are the oldest amongst the other interns, known as “Noogles” here. They don’t get many of the pop culture references the kids make; the technology is way over their heads; and they tend to be the ones who screw up almost everything.
Vaughn and Wilson both seem like likable guys in real life, but they’re in repeat mode from their last buddy movie, “Wedding Crashers.” In that 2005 film, they played two guys who would lie their way into a wedding so they could score with all the single ladies. In “The Internship,” it’s not quite as crass, but they lie their way into Google, so they could (possibly!) get a full time job.
A lot of the people who appear throughout the movie are so narcissistic that it seems like working at Google is almost like working in Hell. Sure, we see the interns play Quidditch; we see the nap pods; we see the multi-colored bikes; and we see a few of the other perks for those who work at Google. But when the people who intern or work there aren’t likable, there’s no point in having all that cool stuff.
Some of the interns are socially awkward, and they provide for a few good laughs. Tobit Raphael plays a kid named Yo-Yo (not kidding), who was home-schooled by an overbearing mother, and he always feels like he might be disrespecting her – and he plucks his eyebrows as punishment. Tiya Sircar plays Neha, an Indian-American girl who is fully engulfed in pop culture, but when it comes to experiencing certain things in the real world, she hides herself.
“The Internship” goes on for way too long, and the laughs are sporadic. The Vaughn/Wilson chemistry that worked in “Wedding Crashers” kind of feels stale here, and the film follows every formulaic step in the uplifting comedy playbook. Sure, there are a couple of good laughs, but you would have to fast forward through the first hour or so until that starts to actually happen.
“The Internship” comes in a Blu-ray combo pack which includes the theatrical and unedited versions of the film. There’s also a DVD and Digital Download copy of the film in this package.
The unrated version has about five extra minutes of footage, and it’s all shown within the first 20 minutes of the movie. But director Shawn Levy and the producers also take advantage of the fact that this version is unrated and not PG-13 like the one that ran in theaters. So, there is a bit more language, and the scene in the strip club has nude girls – not just girls in kinky attire like the PG-13 version.
“Any Given Monday” is a 17-minute, behind-the-scenes look at how the Quidditch match was filmed. And it’s not presented like a regular, behind-the-scenes feature; it’s treated like a sports documentary.
There are about eight minutes of deleted scenes, which also show some actors who were cut from the final film.
Audio commentary from director Shawn Levy
Movie: D (first half)/ B- (second half). Overall: C-
Special Features: B-