Innovative Interns

It’s been a while since I reviewed a movie — though I do have plans for another movie review that I just haven’t started yet. But anyway, I recently had a chance to watch Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson’s The Internship, and thought I’d throw my thoughts out here. Because what good is a blog if you can’t spew your opinions out on it?

At any rate, I’m usually not into the typical comedic movies. I’m not a big fan of Will Ferrell or Jim Carrey, though I can tolerate them better than I can Adam Sandler. I’d rather see a Ben Stiller movie over any of them, and even then I’m not a big fan — it’s more like I don’t hate him. I don’t particularly care for stoner movies like Pineapple Express, and while I appreciate dirty jokes as much as the next guy, there definitely comes a time when it goes too far — Stepbrothers was certain an experience I don’t much care to relive, for instance. But every once in a while there comes a modern comedy that I can actually appreciate. I enjoyed The Heat, despite the fact that the critics certainly did not. Due Date was definitely worth watching — but then again, you can’t really go wrong with Robert Downey, Jr. And the Fockers movies were also great — but with de Niro, you’re almost guaranteed a good time. But in general I prefer more off-beat comedies — Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Burn After Reading come to mind — or comedy that comes with other genres — Marvel flicks, for instance, or RED and RED 2.

So you can imagine my surprise when I saw the trailer for The Internship and thought to myself “Hm, that actually looks pretty good!” To be fair I do generally like Owen Wilson, but Vaughn isn’t very high on my list of actors I like to see in films. But I figured I may as well give it a shot. The idea of two washed-up. middle-aged salesmen taking an internship at Google with a bunch of twenty-somethings was more than I could pass over. And I have to say, I’m pleasantly surprised to find that I don’t regret my decision.

Alright, there was definitely a period at the start of the movie where I was concerned that I was wasting my time. A very early, far too prolonged and graphic comparison between life and rape was definitely not needed, for one. We get it, guys, life sucks. Stop telling us all the graphic details of how much it sucks. And for the record, rape is never funny, but that’s an entirely different can of worms. There was also a particularly distasteful scene with Will Ferrell describing sex acts about a customer in his store. To Owen Wilson. Who, in character, had a sister. Who Ferrell’s character was dating. And it should be noted that Ferrell basically flat-out mentioned things he had done with Wilson’s sister.

At any rate, once you get past the introductions and the vulgar, unnecessary sex jokes, the plot finally picks up some speed. And frankly, the movie really shines when it comes to the interactions between Vaughn and Wilson’s characters and the college students they’re interning with. For a comedy based on crude humor, there was definitely some very well-written character development. Yeah, most of the outcomes are predictable, but there were a few late-game twists that shook up the pattern a bit. Wilson and Vaughn’s characters’ salesman backgrounds were extremely well integrated into their dialogue, especially at key moments in the plot, as was their chemistry together as partners in their former business (and, for that matter, in their internship). You definitely get a sense of two people with a long history of friendship, who know each other and play off of each other so well, that they really only function at top capacity when together.

The only other complaint I have about the movie is the roughly twenty-minute scene toward the middle of the film that takes place entirely in a strip club.

Remember, this is an R-rated movie. Which means that fully topless women are fair game, in addition to a wider range of curses.

Basically, for twenty minutes, the movie turned into a soft-core porno. And unfortunately you can’t really skip it, because there are a few important moments buried in it for character development.

Look, I get that the point of the scene is to show how Wilson and Vaughn are able to reach the younger interns and bond with them, and help them let go of their fears for a bit and such. But there was an awful lot of time spent in that scene on vulgar running gags, topless women dancing on poles, topless women dancing on each other, and topless women giving lap dances to patrons of the club. The scene wasn’t too far from getting the whole movie an X rating.

All in all, I can say the movie was pretty good, and I got a few laughs and some warm fuzzies. But there was definitely a lot of dialogue that could have been cut or changed, without affecting the plot, and there was DEFINITELY a better way to show character development than twenty minutes of soft-core porn. I mean, they could have at least been more subtle about it. Anyway, were I to give stars out of five, I’d give The Internship 2.5 – 3 stars. It had potential to be better, but it opted for more sex and vulgar humor than it needed.

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