Monday, December 2, 2013

The Internship Review

The Internship Review
There was a time when Adam Sandler was consistently funny. He had a great run of SNL, he had a huge slew of great films in the 1990's. Then roughly around the turn of the century, he suddenly declined. I don't know what happened, he just all-of-a-sudden stopped showing up in funny films. Not only that, but Sandler himself suddenly was not funny anymore. I feel that time is quickly settling in on Vince Vaughn. I am trying really hard, and I can't remember the last time I laughed with him.

Oh yeah, it was during 2005's "Wedding Crashers." You know, the raunchy comedy where Vaughn starred alongside Owen Wilson? That was definitely the last time Vaughn was funny for me. Now, it seems he's been a bad luck charm ever since. I thought that maybe what Vaughn needed was a rematch with Owen Wilson, which came in the form of "The Internship" earlier this summer. "The Internship" tells the tale of two salesmen who are out-of-work after their company vanishes. The only way to start working again is seemingly through an internship with Google. Vaughn and Wilson are clear outcasts at first, but quickly become team-players and overcome the obstacles of their lives in order to become winners. 

Sounds great, right? Not quite. What "The Internship" actually boils down to is a mesh up between "Fire Up!" and "The Pursuit of Happiness." Except this "raunchy" comedy isn't raunchy at all, it's overlong at over two hours, and worst yet, its not funny. I expected Vaughn to not carry much weight, but I am a little disappointed that Wilson really wasn't that funny. Wilson is an actor I still enjoy quite a bit, and he was abashedly wasted this time out. I'd give character names for Wilson and Vaughn, but they are playing almost the same characters from "Wedding Crashers," (except they are not getting laid as much as they were in "Wedding Crashers"), Vaughn has essentially been a one-trick pony for a number of years, doing the same gig every film. Never once deciding to change his act.

The sad part is that nobody salvages this movie at all. Not John Goodman, who has a couple scenes playing the former boss of Wilson and Vaughn. Not Rose Byrne, who plays a potential love interest toward Wilson, not Rob Riggle, who has a cameo near the end and not Max Minghella from "The Social Network," whose perfecting the art of playing a great D-bag. The only saving grace is the cameo by Will Ferrell, yes its great and yes he made the film worth watching.

The rest of the film is a predictable bore about two underrated men who achieve against great odds stacked against them. If it weren't for the actors involved and the "comedy," this would have been a made-for-TV Hallmark movie. This is a mind-numbing series of events that never really connect to make a good film. There are ideas that we think will be foreshadowed, which could have actually delivered some good laughs. But director Shaun Levy decided not to go there. The result is a disappointing, forgettable waste of time and talent. 

FINAL GRADE: D

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