2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Dislikeable characters, hurried script,
This review is from: The Internship [DVD] (DVD)
Some funny conversations between the pair reminiscing about the lack of health 'n' safety, etc. in their childhood, but overall the film was not as funny as it could've been. The film tried to recreate those awkward moments when someone is talking too graphically, but although Owen Wilson did his best, something just didn't work; perhaps because the script was rushed, unconvincing and generally weak.
The young interns in the group are not at all likeable, which makes it hard to root for them. There is a strip club scene that is conveyed without a hint of irony and, oddly, the female intern is happily led off by a topless waitress, even though there is no indication she is gay (?). That whole scene is meant to be some kind of jolly rite of passage for the geeks, with everyone else happily involved, which, in 2013, seems very anachronistic (surely no one now really believes sex workers enjoy their job as much as their clients do?).
I prefer Wilson paired with Ben Stiller, than Vince Vaughn. Vaughn always seems angry, so when they talk, for example, about getting screwed in life with ref. to Deliverance, it fails to be comfortably amusing. Incidentally, there are many sexual references, but they are mumbled in such a way that I found myself thinking, did he really just say that? They're common enough in British comedy (Inbetweeners, etc.), but usually not in mainstream US movies.
Moreover, the film employs lots of stereotypes (Chinese student with strict parents; the archrival has an English accent, etc.) and is an obvious ad for Google.