By Jack Rico
The “1-4-0”: Don’t expect “Wedding Crashers: Part 2” with #TheInternship. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson could not bring the magic back. A flop.
The Gist: Two salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital age find their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses for a shot at full time employment.
The Highlights: Great concept, likeable stars in Vince Vaugh and Owen Wilson as leads and getting Google to actually open its doors to see it inside.
The Lowlights: The unfunny and stale comedy, the unromantic romance scenes and the almost 2 hour length. Comedies should never be that long to begin with.
To be more specific, the movie is boring, predictable, absent of guile and laughter, even the few giggles that arise are few and far between. But why did this film bomb like this? The comedy is mostly at fault. Vaughn wrote and produced this project riding the whole success principally on the fantastic premise. What they weren’t counting on was the execution of the nerd jokes falling flat on its ass.
Comedy is very subjective and difficult to pull off. Whatever it was that had Vaughn cracking his ribs on in the production room, could not translate to the screen. The result was stale and generic. Audiences today need to be constantly challenged with comedy, find a different spin to make people laugh. Premise and stars alone can no longer cut it. That’s why Seth Rogen’s “This Is The End” will end being not only the best comedy of 2013, but also a cult classic. My advice for Vaughn and Wilson – experiment, push the boundaries of comedy and see what happens. I will respect you more if you fail while experimenting, than just showing up because of your resume.
The End: Do not waste your money on this generic comedy. You’ll be disappointed and wishing you chose something else. I suggest you watch “Identity Thief” on Bluray, it’s the surprise comedy of the year with a lot of heart.
Rated: PG-13 for sexuality, some crude humor, partying and language
Release Date: 2013-06-07
Screenplay: Vince Vaughn, Jared Stern.
Director(s): Shawn Levy
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Film Genre: Comedy