Nerdlocker Movie Review: The Internship



By this point in Vince Vaughn’s career we have come to the conclusion that the majority of his roles are more of an underdog story, heck one of his movies is sub-titled Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. We get it! The Internship is no different. You have Vaughn reteaming with his Wedding Crashers cohort Owen Wilson, in a story where their characters Billy and Nick have pretty much lost everything when they are laid off from their jobs as sales reps for a watch company owned by John Goodman. The result is them trying to intern at Google with the hopes of landing a job.
Though the first quarter of the movie was off to a slow start and the surprise factor of Will Ferrell doing an uncredited role was less than subpar I found the one-liners which were suppose to be a riot between the theater audience and I, ended up with a few chuckles and awkward cricket moments.
But no need to fear, the movie picks up once the premise of being a Noogler (New Google intern) come into play, as Vaughn lands an interview with Google scouts by lying on his resume. By the second act of the film we are introduced to the supporting cast made up of Rose Byrne, Aasif Mandvi and Josh Brener as the main Google reps that matter in the movie.


Once Vaughn and Wilson actually end up at Google headquarters and are mixed with the rest of the Google interns, we learn they are all trying to win the internship competition. Max Minghella, better known for his snobbish role in The Social Network as he channels pretty much the exact ‘I’m better than you’ bad guy character as he did in the Facebook movie, serves as the opposing leader of a group of interns trying to win the competition themselves.
Though the movie is comprised of one-liners that are hit or a miss, the chemistry between Vaughn and Wilson was good. Not as much as Wedding Crashers but funny as two 40 year olds can get in a comedy about young hungry students trying to make a name for themselves. The chemistry overall with the cast was good, with a lot of emphasis on the whole ‘nerds will rule the world’, which is to be expected in a movie centered around Google. The most memorable parts of the movie are actually from new comer Tobit Raphael who really takes the oddball character and makes it his own, much like how Christopher Mintz-Plasse did with McLovin in Superbad.


The main supporting cast were all involved with this as Rose Bryne was Wilsons hard to get love interest who both shared a decent time on screen. Aasif Mandvi was the judgmental head team leader of the whole internship competition. And Josh Brener’s character as the Google team leader to Vaughn and Wilsons group tried to woo a love interest of his own in Jessica Szohr.
There was a who’s who of actors in the film who took lesser roles but produced major parts of the movie which included Josh Grad, Rob Riggle and B.J Novak. The story itself was good and had a decent amount of laughs. In comparison to the other movies Vince Vaughn has written I liked this the most. You can get where this underdog story is going as where most underdog stories go. As this being one of the first summer comedies to see, I say go for it; semi-low expectations is good to have when seeing this but ultimately will benefit as it gets better during the run time.

Overall I enjoyed it and I think you will too!

Rated PG-13 for: Language, Crude Humor
Run time: 119 minutes
After Credits Scene: None
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne, Aasif Mandvi, Max Minghella, and John Goodman.
Directed By: Shawn Levy
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 3/ Acting: 3/ Directing: 3/ Visuals: 2
OVERALL: 3 out of 5 Nerdskulls

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