I have a strange love/hate relationship with both Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. Both can do fine work when they want to. Vaughn in Clay Pigeons. Swingers. The Cell. A Cool, Dry Place. But he can also do horrible work as in Psycho and The Dilemma). Wilson can also do great work. The Royal Tenenbaums. Midnight In Paris. The Darjeeling Limited. Bottle Rocket. And he can do bad. The Minus Man. The Haunting. Starsky and Hutch. When I saw the trailer for The Internship, I pretty much wrote it off immediately as an example of the latter for both guys. But how did it turn out?
Billy (Vaughn) and Nick (Wilson) are masters at selling. Ditched from their jobs selling watches, they are determined to find a new line of work that will prove they are not irrelevant in the modern world. Nick signs them both up for an internship at Google where they will have to compete with many great young minds. But once in, Billy and Nick learn to use their talents to help make their misfit team compete with the best Google has to offer.
Let’s get one thing out of the way. The story is dumb and wholly predictable. I will not argue that point. I probably won’t even argue to say this is a good movie. But I will be damned if I didn’t find myself laughing quite a bit at Vaughn and Wilson in their fish out of water story of getting old. Maybe it’s because I am at an age where I can start identifying with that? For whatever reason, I found the retro 80s jokes, the classic music, and the classic Vaughn/Wilson personas to be just the life my day needed. Sometimes you don’t need a great story, you just need to relate.
The Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is pretty damn nice for a comedy. The bright colors and clean lines of the Google offices look razor sharp with bold bright colors and excellent detail throughout. A nice surprise and a good silly knee slapper of a flick. The Internship is recommended.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.