“From the people who brought you The Watch” is not an immediately enticing proposition, but there are other reasons to be apprehensive about The Internship, the first of this summer’s studio comedy blockbusters out of the starting block. ‘Frat pack’ regulars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn recycle the fish-out-of-water template from Old School and Wedding Crashers – only this time around, the ‘out-of-water’ for these flailing fish is a coveted internship at Google’s California campus.
It looks a bit like a cinematic adaptation of the Simpsons episode ‘Homer Goes To College’ – boneheaded manchild in a permanent state of arrested development regresses to youthful exploits, to be taught important lessons by younger, smarter geeks, and along the way teaches those socially inept geeks how to par-ty down. Except that episode was as much a parody of movies like The Internship as anything else. Evidence from the trailer suggests it’s not much more than a fairly lazy vehicle for the increasingly paunchy Wilson/Vaughn partnership.
It’s also clearly a rather shameless feature-length Google commercial. And Lord knows, Google need that product placement moolah – they might have made profits of $10billion last year but the dudes down at HR could probably use another fußball table or two, and those silk beanbags in the employee lounge won’t pay for themselves!
Other slightly unwelcome elements we can expect as gleaned from the trailer:
- The Daily Show‘s Aasif Mandvi relegated to Asian Nerd Stereotype
- Chubby, middle-aged men improbably score with slim, young, beautiful women
- Dialogue which would have sounded out of date in 1995 (“everything’s computerised now!”)
- Snooty Brit in antagonist role
- Man Getting Hit By Football-esque comedy
- Swotty uptight geniuses learn the value of partying down
The Internship arrives in cinemas in June; expect to see it ranked suspiciously high in Google’s search results.