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The Internship

Hiring them was a brilliant mistake. 

Year: 2013 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Shawn Levy 
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne  
An image from The Internship

After almost a decade, Vince Vaugh and Owen Wilson, the Wedding Crashers duo are back on top comedic form in The Internship as Billy and Nick, two designer watch salesmen who are left unemployed after the digital age take-over. Without any real job prospects and in true salesman-ship style, the two manage to talk their way into a coveted summer internship with Google where they must compete with a bunch of tech-savvy youngsters for a chance at employment.

Where they had previously played party-hard, thirty-something year olds, they are now middle-aged men trying to fit in at the fun-filled Google office when they are in fact well out of their depth. In order to gain some I.T. skills from their younger colleagues, they trade some "life experience" in return. Although the increasingly present bromance seen in many of today's comedies is somewhat limited, the vibrant energy and wit that Vaughn and Wilson add to the script (co-wrote by Vaughn and Jared Stern) makes up for it. Equally, the youngsters act as great additions, making their stereotypical I.T. geeks into believable characters.

Although somewhat reminiscent of a Google Inc. advert (arguably the biggest attempt at product placement of all time), the constant stream of hilarious one-liners make the film entertaining against the odds. With the duo's endearing characters and their unwavering charm, The Internship makes for a light-hearted comedy from Shawn Levy.

Alina Haddad

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Screenings of this film:

2013/2014 Autumn Term (digital)