The Internship is a comedy that is heavy on messages and values, which is amusing as it is pretty much a two-hour advertisement for Google.
Veteran salesmen Billy and Nick are out of a job when their boss sells up. When they realise their careers are redundant, Billy decides that it is a good idea for him and Nick to try out for an internship at Google…
With a story by star Vince Vaughn, The Internship‘s comedy is tempered by its desire to promote messages. These are all fine, with the two protagonists telling their younger colleagues to be themselves, to enjoy life and so on. Perhaps as a result, the comedy tends not to be of the laugh-out-loud variety, despite what the filmmakers may have intended. Laughs are fairly frequent, but there are only one or two moments that will generate more than a titter.
The journey and life choices reign high on the agenda. The Internship very much sticks to the issues at its heart. The film is less a raucous comedy and more a comedy with drama, romance and coming-of-age type journeys.
Product placement in The Internship is one of the most pronounced in the history of cinema. This is unsurprising given the premise, but this does not make it any more palatable. The film functions as an advertisement for Google, detailing what a great place it is to work and how diverse the company is. The film attempts to instil positives values in the brand. This aspect is rather interesting given the company’s recent appearances in the news.
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson have not lost their chemistry from earlier outings. The supporting cast, which includes Rose Byrne, Andrew Garfield and Aasif Mandvi, are also decent.
The Internship may not be as satisfying to those expecting an out and out comedy. There are laughs and likeable moments, but it is hard to swallow the overt promotion of a company.