03/07/2013

The Internship, brought to you by Google

Films are often criticised for egregious use of product placement but The Internship has gone one step further by having an entire movie based around the idea that Google is the best place in the world to work and they came up with Google+ to improve our lives. It became impossible to take this movie seriously since The Onion dubbed it "the biggest comedy of 2005" but I was willing to forgive its obvious laziness if the pairing of Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn could be as charming and entertaining as it was in Wedding Crashers but unlike that quotable masterpiece, The Internship doesn't have a remotely engaging plot.

Billy McMahon (Vaughn) and Nick Campbell (Wilson) are salesmen who find themselves without a job after the company they work for goes out of business. So, on a whim, Billy suddenly decides that his dream job is at Google even though he's never mentioned it before and somehow gains a covetable place along with his friend despite having no experience and giving a terrible interview. So far, so formulaic, now all you need to do is add an overworked love interest for the Butterscotch Stallion (Rose Byrne), a villain who could easily be stepped on by Vince Vaughn (Max Minghella), a team of misfits including a nerd, a sex-obsessed girl who turns out to be a virgin, the Asian with stereotypically strict parents and the geeky but cool one in Urban Outfitters garbs, and you've got a Hollywood comedy!

I'm fine with formulaic nonsense and a plot so small it that was probably written on a napkin, but the overlong running time and gagless script drowns any chemistry between the leading men and just makes it all feel like a chore. A shame, because this would've been hot shit 8 years ago.