Flash Movie Review: The Internship

The people who believe there is no age discrimination in the work place are the same ones who think their employer will always be loyal to them and never lay them off. I am here to tell you that is not the case. Listening to my friends’ ordeals in their search for a job, the baby boomers are under attack. One friend only got a job after he whitened his teeth and dyed his hair. Another one hired a trainer and a stylist to lose weight, tone up and update his wardrobe. No matter where they went the person interviewing them usually was a couple of decades younger. I have encouraged them to let their personalities come out if it is appropriate, because I believe humor can work to their advantage. In this comedy co-workers Billy McMahon and Nick Campbell, played by Vince Vaughn (The Break-Up, Fred Claus) and Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers, MIdnight in Paris) were forced to look for a job after their company closed down. By some stroke of luck they landed in the internship program at the internet company Google. Not used to the high-tech ways of doing business, the two friends only had their sales skills to stand out from their younger competitors; but would it be enough? I wanted to sympathize with the characters Vince and Owen portrayed, they were easily relatable. The acting, however, was stale; Vince played the same character he has played in his past several films. There seems to be a trend starting where movie stars are being credited for the story, like Will Smith for After Earth and now Vince Vaughn for this movie. Based on these two films, it needs to stop because the scripts have been dreadful. I did not find anything funny here because the jokes were generic or maybe I should say geriatric. It is sad, but the trailer for this lame film should be considered the highlights reel. I am always being told you cannot believe everything you read on the internet. It seems that goes for movies these days that claim they are funny, but really are not. One would think with the internet company at their disposal, the writers could have looked for examples of humor to incorporate into this mess.


1 2/3 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on June 11, 2013, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. yep — hard to get a job as we get older. Not so funny when it happens.

    I saw a movie on TV yesterday that was almost perfectly executed – “The Man in the Moon” – it was absolutely magical.

  2. The trailer for this drove me insane! I can only imagine sitting through the whole movie! 😉

  3. It happened to my dad. he immigrated here when he was already 45 years old, and though he had been a computer programmer for 20 years, it took him almost 6 mos. before he found a good job.

    I never found Vince Vaughn funny at all .

    My LIKE button isn’t working. Anyway, LIKED !

  4. Great review. I love how you incorperate some personal stories of others into it. It makes it stand out more. Will be reading more of your posts in the future.

  5. This is a good review and lets us know where you are coming from. It becomes much more relatable to the reader. I am over 50 and working in a basic job but it pays the bills. Definitely a story in and of itself. I like deep movies and enjoy foreign movies, noted that you have a few reviews that merit looking to find these films! Thanks for that! As far as funny movies go, I will pass on this one per your suggestion. I love a good comedy, like “It’s Complicated” or some of the British ones, “Love Actually” is a combination drama/comedy movie. Hard to find an adult comedy. Any suggestions?

    • Thank you for coming by and leaving your comments. Feel free to click on the comedy tab on the right side of the sight to see a list of comedies; though I have to tell you, there really is a dry spell on what movie studios consider comedy these days. Check out Seven Psychopaths, It’s a Mad Mad Mad World, Arsenic and Old Lace, Bringing Up Baby for some classic fun movies.

  6. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    Oh dear, I was looking forward to this one! I like Owen Wilson’s choice of films. The trailer is the highlights? Ugh, ugh.

    I don’t know what to do now, I was thinking this would be light relief from my life. Not even a laugh??

    • I was bored at times and felt they took the easy way to get a laugh. May I suggest if you really want to see this film, only do so when you can get a discounted price–do not pay full price for it, that would be a crime.

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