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Movie Review: The Internship (12A)

The Internship (12A)
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Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson star in this middling comedy about two middle age men who find themselves as interns at Google

Wannabe interns Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson

Their return isn’t necessarily the result of “popular demand”, but Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are finally reunited after their middling marital drama Wedding Crashers (2005).

This time their easy-going charm rubs off with a comedy that is agreeably topical, intermittently funny, occasionally moving... and arguably the biggest product placement plug of all time, with our hapless older leads joining youngsters on a series of The Apprentice-style work experience challenges at Google.

If Billy McMahon (Vaughn) and Nick Campbell (Wilson) can create some good ideas for the digital age, they might just land a job.

Starting off as a pair of out-of-luck salesmen, the pair are soon cast aside in the new age of computers by their heartless boss (John Goodman adding a touch of senior bite as per Christopher Walken in Wedding Crashers).

The film commendably illustrates how digital ‘apps’ offer opportunities to anyone who can find a way of “connecting people to information”.

Less clever is the emphasis on foul language and lewd scenes for a 12A certificate,  possibly an unintentional reminder that with digital technology comes an unsavoury misuse of responsibility.

No doubt cast to spread the film’s demographic net, Bombay-born Aasif Mandvi isn’t altogether convincing as a Google leader called Mr Chetty, while the British accent of The Social Network star Max Minghella  makes him seem like a bit of a square peg in a round hole as a rival team leader.

None of this would really matter had Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy brought his film in at 90 minutes.

Letting it run for another half an hour is stretching it.

 

 

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