Eight years after their surprise blockbuster Wedding Crashers, one of the most successful R-rated comedies in cinema history, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson re-team for a decidedly lesser effort in The Internship.
The two stars play salesmen laid off from their jobs. Out of desperation, they're able to talk their way into internships at Google. The program involves teams competing against each other, with the winning teams getting jobs at Google. As a result, the fi lm's plot structure plays out similarly to Monsters University.
However, where Monsters University succeeded on the strength of the dialogue, interaction between its characters, and visual imagination, falls fl at. The characters don't interact with each other as much as they deliver monologues (most of which are cringeworthy).
Vaughn and Wilson's Wedding Crashers got a big boost from Rachel McAdams and Isla Fisher in supporting roles. In The Internship, the otherwise talented Rose Byrne is given a completely thankless role as Wilson's love interest. None of the supporting characters make any impression whatsoever.
On top of it all, the fi lm plays out like a giant ad for Google. This could be forgiven if the fi lm were actually funny. But it isn't.