Vaughn, Wilson surprise in ‘The Internship’

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson don’t exactly tread new territory in “The Internship.”
The stars of “The Wedding Crashers” team up for another buddy movie. Vaughn is still the fast talker and Wilson remains the lovable goof.
This time, they’re crashing the youth culture. They play two middle-aged salesmen who lose their jobs when their company goes belly up.
Billy (Vaughn) decides the pair should apply for internships at Google, where he and Nick (Wilson) are dinosaurs.
Because no one else wants to team up with them, Billy and Nick find themselves lumped together with the other rejects, as they compete for a shot at full-time jobs with Google.
The overall trajectory of the story is predictable, but it’s a surprisingly fun ride along the way. Vaughn co-wrote the script with Jared Stern, and they’ve filled “The Internship” with too many laugh-out-loud moments to count.
Obviously, Nick is going to hit on Dana (Rose Byrne), a Google employee who sacrifices her personal life to excel at the company. But it turns out their courtship is cute, touching and hilarious.
Of course, those young rejects (Dylan O’Brien, Tiya Sircar, Josh Brener and Tobit Raphael) are going to learn to appreciate the dinosaurs in their midst. But that journey is filled with laughs and unexpected tenderness, even during the movie’s raunchier moments.
The film was shot on the Google campus, and it certainly makes the Internet company look good.
“The Internship” also makes Vaughn and Wilson look good. In the story, their characters are supposed to have known each other for decades, and their back-and-forth banter makes that easy to believe. The boys are back.
The movie has its flaws and slow moments, but it’s also loaded with laughs, which is one of the things I look for in a comedy.
I give “The Internship” a B.
It’s showing at the Cinemark in Tupelo, as well as Malcos in Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.
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Kelli Karlson Wizard 106.7: She gives “The Internship” a B.

“It’s a fun, fun movie, and kind of rauncy.”

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