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Similar to Eddie Murphy's hard right turn from daring and profane comedy to family-friendly romps, Vaughn and Wilson have gone all soft and gooey here.
There are plenty of films out there competing for your money ... 'The Internship' doesn't even deserve a part-time gig ...
New York Times:
A big-studio release that, from start to gaga finish, is a hosanna to a single company, its products, philosophy and implicit politics.
Wall Street Journal:
The director, Shawn Levy, and the writers, Mr. Vaughn and Jared Stern, have dreamed up a feel-good comedy that plays like a demo reel of deja views.
Levy's so busy showing us the riderless cars and cheery Google bikes, he forgets to have his movie make any sense.
Product placement is one thing; building a whole movie around the glorification of a multinational corporation is something else entirely.
A too-long, one-note affair, predictably following the patterns of any fish-out-of-water comedy you can think of.
Here's why Google is so successful: It's figured out a way for Twentieth Century Fox to make a two-hour Google commercial disguised as a summer comedy.
J. R. Jones,
Wedding Crashers it's not, but the stars still make an agreeable pair, schooling their young colleagues on how to get blasted at a strip club and, in return, learning what HTML is.
It feels 20 minutes over-full at least. Cut out half of the "Flashdance" and "X-Men" references, and you're halfway there.
Christian Science Monitor:
Google, the corporate entity, is so lovingly portrayed that the film itself resembles nothing so much as a massive product tie-in.
Dallas Morning News:
A feature-length chunk of product placement masquerading as a comedy of teamwork and aspiration.
Today's weather forecast in Mountain View? Giddy with a chance of delirious.
This is the biggest product placement in history, with the Google brand treated as something we should all happily bow down before. There's something seriously disturbing in this.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com:
The Internship doesn't break any new comedic ground...But it's an amiable, occasionally laugh-out-loud fish-out-of-water tale that gently mocks our modern technological age while simultaneously embracing it.
A Google commercial disguised as every other campus comedy ever made, with party-hearty nonsense and fish-out-of-water antics tempered down to PG-13 levels for maximum mediocrity.
You don't need a heart to like this movie. You need an MBA.
San Jose Mercury News:
Somehow much -- if certainly not all -- of the film works. Levy largely avoids the cynical and the crude, which is refreshing. Some bits are legitimately funny.
It's a well-timed comedy about unemployment, technology and the generation gap, and its comforting main message is that the world will always need the kind of guy known as a people person.
The film becomes just one big product placement, with callow co-stars and by-the-numbers plotting.
New York Post:
Director Shawn Levy's work has, as always, all the edge of a tub of margarine - he's the guy who did "Night at the Museum." And "The Internship" has the air of a promotional video for Google.
Orange County Register:
Like many an intern, this sweet, negligible comedy, starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as Google's oldest interns, doesn't live up to its potential.
[It] would be kind of charming ... if this Google-recruitment film, this 119-minute commercial for Googliness, weren't so downright creepy.
Everything about it feels stale: the actors, the story, the comedy, everything. And, to make matters worse, that everything goes on for an interminable two hours.
The Internship takes a padded two hours to tell a thin story that buries its charm in emo-mongering and Google plugs.
What do you get when you combine the dumbest and most formulaic kind of Hollywood dude comedy with the most smug and self-congratulatory grade of information-economy arrogance?
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
This is a movie that skates by on the sheer likability of its stars; there are genuine laughs in the script co-written by Vaughn.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
The setting is a simulacrum of real life circa 2013. The user has a choice of avatars, including virtual-reality versions of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson that can reproduce the humor of "Wedding Crashers" with 65 percent accuracy.
Globe and Mail:
Though by no means a good movie, The Internship floats along for fairly well for about half its length, thanks to the easy interplay between the two stars and a certain melancholic topicality.
The Internship is a big wet kiss to Google wrapped in a buddy comedy that asks us to believe that nobody over 40 knows anything about computers or the online universe.
It's a testament to the duo's jazzy comic chemistry that they wring some laughs from this dated, frankly sinister premise.
A movie sorely bereft of ideas, laughs and justification for the comic duo's undifferentiating self-regard.
The Internship just might be the saddest movie of 2013. That few will realize this makes it even sadder.
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson may be the worst interns since Monica Lewinsky.
A movie so desperately unfunny it makes you want to slit your wrists ...
New York Magazine/Vulture:
One of those movies that milks its stars' inherent charisma for as long as it can, but it does so mainly because it has little else.
The fact that this overlong, often preposterous comedy succeeds at all (which it does, only occasionally) proves that the Vaughn/Wilson charm can still work a measure of magic.