BY ASHLEY KOWALEWSKI
The Internship tanked at the box office this past weekend, raking in a little less than half of the $34 mill The Purge earned. For the life of me, I can’t understand this, since fellow fille Michelle offered a slightly less than enthusiastic response to the latter as we chatted about our respective theatre trips, while my reaction to the former was in much higher spirits.
After their jobs as salesmen are rendered completely redundant, Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) find themselves stuck in a jobless rut and incidentally decide that they must integrate themselves into the digital world by interning at Google, though they have zero skills that would make them even remotely qualified to do so. In order to secure the gigs that are waiting at the end of the internship program, they must contend with tons over overqualified (compared to them, of course) youngins in a super intense competition that will ultimately ween out the those that don’t belong (do you see how the comedy just writes itself here?). Alongside their team of misfits and leftovers, they must learn to work together to beat the big-time bully and his weird bow tie fetsh. Aww.
Following the classic Vaughn and Wilson comedic formula of an unlikely scenario, a “Too good for you, bro!” girl and a frightening but funny authoritative figure working against them (in this case Aasif Mandvi, who played the hilarious Bob Spalding in one of my all-time faves, The Proposal), this flick actually surpassed my expectations. Truthfully, I just thought their reign was over (“reign” not “rain” like in Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic” — you’ll get it when you see it), but The Internship was better than anticipated and even had a few gems like a Quidditch match with a human snitch and Will Ferrel with a neck tattoo.
Does it rival Wedding Crashers? Not even close (this coming from the girl who has been quoting it in regular conversations for the past eight years). But if you’re looking for some rainy day comedy, go give it a watch! (Speaking of rainy movie days, it was because of the rain that I was driven indoors and ended up seeing this flick in Times Square, which was a cool little touch.) And if Dodgeball and Old School taught us anything at all, it’s that you should really never underestimate the underdogs, even in the digital age when you’re pushing 40 and have no recognizable or relevant skills whatsoever.