In a world of constantly advancing technology and a desire to make every aspect of life more efficient, the need for face to face communication often seems outdated and obsolete.
“The Internship”, directed by Shawn Levy (“Night at the Museum”) takes a comical yet meaningful look at what happens when good old fashioned sales men are forced to compete for success in the ultra competitive information age.
Business partners, Nick, played by Owen Wilson (“Marley and Me”), and Billy played by Vince Vaughn (“The Watch”) start off as seemingly care free watch salesmen. Things appear to be going smoothly,until they discover that their business was closed down in the midst of trying to make a deal with their biggest client. With nowhere else to turn, the two men risk it all and apply for a highly desired internship at the all-prestigious Google Company in California.
Barely managing their way into the internship, the men realize that the challenge is yet to come as they are forced to compete with America’s 21st century geniuses from places such at Harvard, Stanford, and MIT for a five percent chance of landing a full-time job.
Worlds collide as the two middle-aged men are forced to work under executives half their age and are placed in a group on highly nerdish interns ranging from the genius hipster who is “too cool to care” to the timid Asian with serious tiger mom syndrome.
The dynamic duo of Wilson and Vaughn, first introduced in “Wedding Crashers,” provides constant hilarity as the pair navigates the world of modern day nerd life trying to learn about the abstract world of technology while attempting to teach the young scholars a thing or two about the value of people skills.
During one night out on the town, the peculiar group of interns is forced to put their street smarts to the test as they find themselves in a bar fight after an eye-opening night at a local strip club.
This odd team is faced with a series of challenges with limited success at first, but their triumphs increase as the team learns the value of communication and true teamwork. However, when one team member tries their best and doesn’t succeed the fate of the interns looks dim as they approach the final challenge of the program.
Through the ups and the downs the internship not only provides tons of laughs, but also opportunities to reflect on the greater fate of society. While Billy and Nick’s attempt at success are comical on the surface, a closer look demonstrates the deterioration of America’s communication skills in the information age. Whether or not the American dream willsurvive through the 21st century remains questionable, but “The Internship” certainly brings hope to a future where the old combines with the new for the greater good.
3.5 out of 4 stars, 119 minutes, MMPA rating PG-13