‘The Internship’ best comedy of 2005 June 15, 2013
Comedy movies are a funny thing. Sometimes they’re just downright funny and other times they act as mind-control devices. I know it sounds ridiculous to think of a comedy film with two smiley actors that way, but “The Internship” will make you believe. The first hour of the film is a horrendous destruction of the comedy genre that has so many inconsistencies I’m not entirely sure what year the characters are in. The second hour was what makes me believe in this joker voodoo.
I was taken in by the story, the characters at moments, and the camaraderie of a group of underdogs. I am here to warn you to not fall into this trap. If you hear a soft, well-composed score, see a romantic duo starting to form, and sense the excitement of a group coming together during an outrageous night of drinking and partying then please pull a three wise monkeys. See No “Internship,” Hear No “Internship,” Speak No “Internship.” The end is an elaborate ruse to convince movie-goers that what they just witnessed was actually heartfelt and cute. Spoiler alert: It wasn’t.
I, like the few who have seen this film before me, fell into the Shawn Levy trap. Levy, director of “The Internship” and manipulator of minds, constructs a comedy film that, as the Onion put it, is the best comedy of 2005. The jokes are dated, the references are not topical in the slightest, and the antics of Wilson and Vaughn as the leads are misplaced in a new comedy era. Both are hardly likable in the film and it’s hard to root for this terrible team that magically gets internships at one of the most competitive companies in the world. They have no skills or traits that prove they could ever work at The Company That Should Not Be Named, on account I heard it 100 times throughout this movie.
Vaughn and Wilson enter into a “mental ‘Hunger Games,’ ” as Vaughn so poignantly puts it. This reference may look topical, but it actually became a device to prove their knowledge of pop culture has no consistency. How do two grown men know what the “Hunger Games” is, but have no knowledge of other pop culture milestones such as Harry Potter, the X-Men, and many more? They know the “Hunger Games,” have no knowledge of things before 2005 yet constantly reference ’80s films to make not only their fellow interns uncomfortable, but the audience as well.
I’ll admit there are some nice moments in the film and I may have chuckled once or twice, but I will not allow movies that follow the same formula as everything churned out by the so-called laugh factory that is Vince Vaughn control me and make me change my opinion. A film where a group of nobodies comes together during a huge night club scene while drinking gratuitous amounts should not be seen by any 13-year-old. “The Internship” is the closest to the cusp of an R rating you can get without going over and I wish they would have embraced their PG more than the teens so much, because often it sends the wrong message to young adults. This movie could have and should have worked, but it needed to reference things in the now and star two lovable losers like Paul Rudd or Steve Carell.
Movie fan Patrick White doesn't spare anyone's feelings when deciding if the latest Hollywood offering is trash or treasure. Catch his reviews on the latest theater and DVD releases in Saturday's paper.