Can we talk about the on the line thing for a minute? – The Internship – Movie Review

My goal was to get this written a few days after I watched the movie. Unfortunately, I got a little busy and I’m a lot farther behind on this than I originally intended. That being said, I want to first begin with my generally warning statement about review postings.

Review postings include reviews on TV shows, books, music and movies. Reviews are simply, that reviews. I include information from each section and thus this information may or may not contain spoilers. Please take the warning now, if you don’t wish to see or read any SPOILERS, do not continue reading. If you do continue to reading, disregarding this warning, please don’t blame me if something is ruined for you. I did warn you after all. Also, review postings are my opinion and I stand by them. We may not have the same opinion and thus lets not argue over it.

Bearing all of this is mind, enjoy.


The Internship was released in June 2013. Directed by Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum and Date Night) and co-written screenplay by Vince Vaughn (Wedding Crashers and Couples Retreat) and Jared Stern (The Princess and the Frog and Bolt).


The basic plot of the movie is this (curtsey of Fox):

Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) are salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital world. Trying to prove they are not obsolete, they defy the odds by talking their way into a coveted internship at Google, along with a battalion of brilliant college students. But, gaining entrance to this utopia is only half the battle. Now they must compete with a group of the nation’s most elite, tech-savvy geniuses to prove that necessity really is the mother of re-invention.


To begin Billy and Nick are watch salesman. The have a dinner with a client to sell a new watch and this is where they learn the business they work was is gone. No one wants to wear a watch, they just look at their cell phones. That being said Billy and Nick have to get new jobs and try to figure their way through a world where they don’t have any college education.

Billy is able to find something at Google. It’s an internship for the summer which could result in a new job, the only downfall is that they need to have technical experience, which they don’t. Thus from the beginning they stand out, even as Noogles.


Billy and Nick are left without a group after they have to split up. Each team has five new members along with a full-time Google employee. They have a series of tests they must complete and this is where things get interesting and quite hilarious.

The team Billy and Nick have joined is the outcasts. They include Lyle (played by Josh Brener, The Big Bang Theory and House of Lies), Stuart (played by Dylan O’Brien, New Girl and Teen Wolf), Neha (played by Tiya Sircar, The Vampire Diaries and 17,Again), and Yo-Yo (played by Tobit Raphael). The first trial is to find a bug in a system, they need to locate it in the program and fix it. First team to finish wins. Natrually Billy and Nick don’t understand and they are sent on a wild goose-chase to find Professor Xavier. Needless to say the group gets them good. Their second challenge is to play a real life quidditch match. And all of you Harry Potter fans are gonna love this scene. I laughed my butt off and I honestly want to get a group of people together to try and do this in real life.


Click here to see the match: QUIDDITCH MATCH

That scene is probably one of the best moments of the movie. And they do rally in the end but end up losing. The third challenge it o come up with a new app for Google to sell. Billy wants to create an app that is literally the same thing as instagram. They get no where coming up with an idea so they decide it’s time to blow off some steam so they head out to enjoy themselves. They go and have Chinese food and they learn of a nightclub just up the road (through a translation by Billy). Well the nightclub isn’t a nightclub but a stripclub. Nick and Billy teach the kids how to let loose and have fun.

From there they get very trashed and kicked out of the club. They go to see the bridge where Billy comes up with an app that will ask you a series of random questions to help you figure out if you’re too drunk to be texting someone. And they end up winning the challenge.

“Here’s the deal. I’m pretty terrific on the phones. I could sell prosciutto to a rabbi. And I have.” – Billy

The next challenge is to run the Google Helpline. The teams need to learn all of the basic problems people have and be able to help them through the helpline. This requires memorization and Billy has a difficult time until he meets with Head Phone Guy (played by Josh Gad, Californication and New Girl). He seems to be wandering the campus and always on his computer. When it comes to the challenge the team does great except that Billy didn’t record his records and thus they fail. The team is naturally pissed and in the end, Billy ends up leaving.

The final challenge, the one to win is difficult. They need to find a business that isn’t connected online and through Google and basically sell them the need to be there. And the group isn’t good at this, they need Billy. Nick heads off to Florida where Billy is working selling motorized chairs. After a great pep talk they head back. The group hasn’t been successful and with Billy’s help, they end up scoring the Pizza’s place business.

They are a little late getting back to turn in their paperwork. But of course in true Hollywood fashion they get back just in time and with some pizza for everyone. And they end up winning the entire competition. And this means that once they have completed all of their schooling, they can return to Google with positions of employment.

“Hell of a summer, bud.” – Billy       “Hell of a summer.” – Nick


Overall the critics were anything but nice when it came to this movie. Sure it doesn’t have the blast of movie money like The Wedding Crashers did but overall it’s not a movie to be passed up. My rating is 8 out 10 stars. I take a couple off for some of the lines that were meant to be funny but just ended up being awkward and it’s a little longer than necessary. I still recommend you give it a watch.


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