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 employment.
Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) are salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital world. Trying to prove they are not obsolete, they defy the odds by talking their way into a coveted internship at Google, along with a battalion of brilliant college students. But, gaining entrance to this utopia is only half the battle. Now they must compete with a group of the nation's most elite, tech-savvy geniuses to prove that necessity really is the mother of re-invention.Written by
Twentieth Century Fox
Josh Gad, who wears headphones to pretend he can't hear, and then revealing himself and his wisdom to Vince Vaughn's confident outsider, is, whether intentional or otherwise, similar to The Chief in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, who pretended he was deaf, and wound up surprising Jack Nicholson in the same fashion. See more »
In one of the exterior shots, the Bank of America Plaza (a famous skyscraper in Atlanta) is visible. This is especially notable because there are no skyscrapers at all in Mountain View, where the movie is set. See more »
What the shit is this? Why is this on the get psyched mix?
Because I gotta throw you a curve-ball every now and again, or you get bored, and the mix doesn't have its intended effect.
No, I want to get rev'd up, and this song's not doing it.
Oh, really? I defy you to crush this chorus and not get psyched.
Not gonna happen.
Don't ya think?
[cranks up the volume and Nick actually starts singing along]
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The first half of the ending credits incorporates Google's products such as Google Drive, Translate, Google+, Hangouts, Photos, and YouTube. Following the "Lost Cosplay Video", the credits revert to a regular format using the Google logo font. See more »
The Unrated version includes more profanity in the film, plus nudity in the night club scene. See more »
Written by Pharrell Williams, Usher and ASAP Rocky (as Rakim Mayers)
Performed by Usher (as Usher) featuring ASAP Rocky (as A$AP Rocky)
Courtesy of RCA Records
A$AP Rocky appears courtesy of Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records/A$AP Worldwide
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Cute, fun, a little tedious
With Bathroom Humor Comedies (Adam Sandler movies, The Hangover, etc) and RomComs being the usual comedic fair at the box office these days, it's refreshing to find a comedy that stands outside of that tiresome trend.
The Internship was a cute movie that certainly has its chuckles. Google is actually a very odd work environment, and the movie makes good points about the depressed state of our modern employment climate for young and old alike. I think the movie tried a little TOO hard to polarize a traditional salesman with the high tech digital age, and some of the Vince Vaughn joke sequences seemed to get a bit tedious. But he played it so seriously that the overall effect was still amusing.
The Vaughn / Wilson pair were VERY sufficiently embarrassing with their overzealous attempts at being team players in projects they didn't understand, and as I have worked deep in the internet business since 1996 I cringed harder than the Google interns who tried to cope with them. I was already a Director level manager in the internet when Google was just being founded, so I've watched the company grow from the ground up, and eventually sponge up the mega-companies that produced my primary worktools (such as Doubleclick). Having been interviewed for management level jobs at Google I can vouch that they can crawl up your ying-yang about your academic record, even if it's from the 80's and you have over a decade of real quality experience to replace it. I've been interviewed by Facebook, Yahoo and Amazon too, and only Facebook can take after Google in this way. It creates the perception of being the Mensa Society of the digital world - pretentious, exclusive, and only for IQ's higher than 170.
That is not really the case, strictly speaking, but there is a culture there of self-importance that the movie bounced our heroes off of, and it worked for some laughs.
All in all it was an enjoyable matinée break, but I probably won't be getting it on Blu-ray.
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