The Internship (2013)

Director: Shawn Levy
USA, English

After interning for about a year and a half, this movie made me happy! My intern life was not as cool or glamorous as you would get at Google, but still it was pretty cool 🙂

The film follows Billy McMahon (Vince Vaughn) and Nick Campbell (Owen Wilson) who are two middle aged men who recently lost their job and need to find new ones. Billy was able to get both him and Nick an interview for an internship with Google (by lying). After the interview, they were in! Billy and Nick are surrounded by young 20 somethings who are all probably smarter than them.

Since none of the younger kids wanted to join teams with the old guys, they were stuck with the misfits. Stuart Twombly (Dylan O’Brien), a young man who is obsessed with his phone and things the world is stupid. Yo-yo Santos (Tobit Raphael), a young man who has mommy problems. Neha Patel (Tiya Sircar), a smart woman who is trying to bone. The team is lead by Lyle Spaulding (Josh Brener), he is around the same age as the kids but he already works at Google. For the summer, the interns need to work together and compete with other interns for a permanent position at Google.

It’s been awhile since I’ve seen Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in a comedy. So refreshing to see two awesome funny actors together! Their acting was great! Wilson was chill and cool. His character picked up a lot of the things being taught at Google. Vaughn’s character had problems adjusting, but it’s because if his expertise in sales that brought their team to the top!

There was a little bit of a love story. I didn’t care much about it. A little boring, no real substance. An uptight worker at Google and Nick fall in love. Eh. Don’t care. But I did think it was cute how Neha and Stuart had a little love connect at the end.

I thought it was interesting how Yo-yo was a stereotypical Asian. He was smart and lived with a controlling parent. The moment they went to the strip club… all hell broke lose! I thought it was funny!

The character of Lyle was great too! He was a young smart man who was able to get a job at Google. Although he was the leader of the group, it looked like he still had a lot of growing up to do.

I did hate that kid Graham Hawtrey (Max Minghella). He was an obnoxious kid who thought he was better than everyone else. I was so happy by the end of the film someone punched him!

One of my favorite scenes were the interactions between Billy and Mr. Chetty (Aasif Mandvi), the head of the internship program. Billy kept messing with Mr. Chetty in a playful way and I loved it! Especially, when we learn that Mr. Chetty was the final vote that let Billy and Nick into the internship program.

I liked the theme of teamwork. What I liked the most about it was that it was teamwork between a group of people who looked like they were destined to fail. But together, the overcame the problems and were able to win!

Although Billy and Nick were much older than everyone else. They taught life lessons to them. Mostly life lessons in the form of an 80s movie, but nonetheless. Billy and Nick learned from the kids and they in turn learned from them. It was an odd but beautiful bond between friends.

My Rating: 8/10

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