MANILA, Philippines - After the box-office success of The Wedding
Crashers, one knew it would only be a matter of time before Hollywood
would dutifully reprise the unique chemistry between Fratpack members
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.
Directed by Shawn Levy (who brought us the Night at the Museum films
and Real Steel), and with a screenplay co-written by Vince and Jared
Stern, The Internship once again portrays the amiable duo as “bulls in a
china shop.” This time out, as over-the-hill, obsolete watch salesmen
forced to accept it’s the digital age, where everything is happening
online. And how better to represent this, than to have the two apply for
the internship program at Google HQ in San Francisco, where they’re
being pitted against the barely out of their teens geeks of the world.
The clash between the “old-school” attitude of Billy (Vince) and Nick
(Owen), and the techie language of the kids is ripe fodder for the
comedy that’s dished out. The geeks reference Game of Thrones, Harry
Potter, X-Men and Star Wars, among other cultural signposts, while Billy
goes to Flashdance for inspiration. There is a romantic angle, and yes,
Owen provides this, with Dana (the charming Rose Byrne), a Google
senior manager, who’s a workaholic. She sees Nick as the epitome of all
the bad dates she missed out on over the years, thanks to her obsessive
work ethic. There are cameos by other Fratpack members, and John
Goodman, as the owner of the defunct watch distribution company. The
kids who team up with our duo, and those competing for the openings.