Films that include Vince Vaughn and or Owen Wilson are usually touch and go, depending on your sense of humour that is. Vaughn usually does the funny round (Dodgeball, Four Christmases), whilst Wilson would take more of the rom-commy trip (Marley and Me, You, Me and Dupree) but they both always have something in common, a bit of heart, sentiment and meaning in their films. Forget about slapstick comedy, when it comes to these two it’s their verbal humour that will get you going. If you’re a fan in some way or form of the two, it is almost certain, this is your film.
Vaughn and Wilson play two salesmen who have just lost their jobs because of the digital age and that their company just can’t keep up to date with this fast paced time. So they go on the hunt to find new jobs as their lives hang in the balance until they come across the Google Internship. Obviously, they know nothing about new technology, so this isn’t just a walk in the park. During their time at the internship, they must compete in groups, against other groups for a shot at getting a job with Google. Surrounded by these young, snobbish, tech savvy-students, they must find a way to fit in and worm their way into trying to win the job.
Although it’s a comedy, Owen Wilson provided a bit of romance and charm more than a huge bounce of hilarious humour, though he did manage to knock a few jokes out of the park, especially when it came to reacting to certain comments. Rose Byrne acts as the love interest for Wilson, so their romance is actually pretty cute and charming. Going back and forth actually worked and was very pleasing. It wasn’t too much to over power the films main plot. Wilson was more of an experienced, soft pillow whereas Vince Vaughn was more of the comforting duvet in certain areas when it came to support and team work (especially in a vicious game of grounded Quidditch). Vaughn’s emotional status brought a bit of reality to the film on where the world is today on unemployment. He is still quite hilarious with his fast paced, tone of voice, pulling corners to try and talk his way out of every situation, quite like a salesman should do, so the role was quite suiting.
The great thing about this film that they do highlight is the future of graduates. There are a couple of deep moments the younger generation bring up about being a graduate and what happens next… the fact that its not that easy to make it out there as a graduate. They also refer to the term “The American Dream”, which for patriotic followers is something the older generation had created as an outline to their future, but for now “That’s all it is, a dream”.
The film does come across stereotypical sometimes, making it out that the older generation are oblivious to new technology (and Marvel for that fact, something that’s older than all the interns) and that the younger generation are very snobbish and mean, especially the British. Max Minghella’s preppy character just has that proper British accent with a book of crude yet funny and embarrassing insults for everyone. The diversity of students used was very interesting and fun with characters like the geeky yet unlucky in love Lyle and mummy’s boy Yo-yo. Google really did put out to show that they are about connecting people.
It really is quite the underdog story, with loads of geeky filled references. You’ll definitely find something in there to associate yourselves with whether you’re a fan of Vaughn/Wilson or not, but the film doesn’t just revolve around them. It’s the younger actors that really push it out there and provide the undying entertainment.
The trailer doesn’t do the film any justice (although sometimes it’s best this way so it doesn’t spoil the film) and this must be Google’s biggest ever attempt at product placement, who wouldn’t want to work at Google after watching this film? It looks amazing!
4 out of 5 stars