6/10/2013 6:00:00 AM Reel Watchers: The Internship
Susan Coombs Sizemore Kingman Resident
The Internship" is a mash up of two reliable comedy formulas - misfit buddies and generation gap-driven bewilderment. The reunion of popular "Wedding Crashers" co-stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson brings us two lovable Generation X outcasts grappling with the cynical, wired-in world of the Millennial generation. The familiar Vaughn/Wilson chemistry is replicated in this film but it lacks the side-splitting punch of their previous outing. The Internship is, like its formulaic premise, predictable, funny, and, in this case, surprisingly sweet bordering on saccharine.
Set in the utopian workplace of Google, unemployed salesmen Billy (Vaughn) and Nick (Wilson) attempt to reinvent themselves as interns seeking full-time positions at the Silicon Valley juggernaut. While initially dismissed by their younger cohorts, they eventually find themselves leading a team of oddball college-age brainiacs competing against other tech-savvy teams in their collective quest for employment.
As 40-somethings lost in the digital age, Vaughn and Wilson deliver the biggest laughs, dropping obscure but witty 80's references in rapid fire succession (cue Flashdance music). With their glory days well behind them, Billy (Vaughn) and Nick (Wilson) spout positive inspirational messages carried in dated catch phrases (and a few shot glasses) in their effort to humanize their impassive teammates. While well-intentioned, their delivery of these life lessons is cloying at times and slows the pace of the film.
Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show") is excellent as Google's no-nonsense internship coordinator. Billy and Nick's misfit teammates, played by Tiya Sircar, Josh Brener, Dylan O'Brien and Tobit Raphael, are each given a chance to shine beyond the Vaughn/Wilson shadow. Cameo humor is also provided by comedy veterans John Goodman, Will Ferrell and Rob Riggle.
The Internship provides enough laugh out loud moments to make it worthy of 2.5 miners out of 4.