“The Internship” Movie Review
What time is it?
Since you probably did not look at your wrist to answer that question explains why Owen Wilson (as Nick Campbell) and Vince Vaughn (as Billy McMahon) are newly unemployed with few skills to be successful in the workplace.
Billy is searching online when he stumbles upon a Google summer Internship that promises a full-time job to the winning team at the end of the summer. Participating in a Google Hangout interview (you’re welcome), the two old guys actually do a decent job answering totally stupid questions (I applied for a Google job once and when they asked me about high school…I stopped….they want to hire “kids”).
Off to California where Wilson and Vaughn are the oldest and least skilled Interns in the program. What follows is a very funny and sometimes touching movie that got better and better as it proceeded. We find out that there is more to life than just programming in a fake bubble created by Google (or any other high tech firm catering to kids as their employees).
I was initially turned off by the adolescent way Google treats their kid employees. I mean slides to move from one floor to another, nap pods, playgrounds….give me a break. I do agree with the open collaboration work space (I own AltamontCowork)…but, the rest makes me glad I am too old to work there. I am a big fan of Google, but, I am definitely not “Google-y” with a helicopter beanie….
Over time, Wilson and Vaughn (who were both terrific) add humanity and common sense to the Internship team they are part of (yes, there is more to life than coding in a bubble). No f-words that I recall, and the whole family might enjoy it. Especially the older teens to mid-20’s. “The Internship” is colorful and fun, and provides an interesting look into the changing workplace. Watch for the somewhat creepy character cameos by Will Ferrell and Rob Riggle.
I LOVED the Harry Potter and X-Men parts of the story and the very quick reference to “A Game of Thrones” (pay attention to hear it). Was the pizza guys name “Papa John”? Gotta watch it again….
We are going to buy it…
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