The scenario for this comedy is undeniably irresistible – two long-in-the-tooth salesman see the company they work for go under and get a place in the internship programme at Google.
What a great idea! The dinosaur motor-mouths swamped by the young, hip, tech savvy 20-somethings who look askance at their old school antics. There could've been some great laughs with this set-up, but unfortunately they are not forthcoming.
Despite the strenuous efforts of fast-talking Vaughn and likeable Wilson, The internship is a formulaic and predictable affair that fails to offer any innovation to its appealing storyline. Google might have come up with the idea for it, but the end result doesn't earn them high marks.
This tale offers zero surprises. The two leads' fellow trainees are of course stock young outcasts, the attractive executive (Byrne) will of course fall for Wilson's laid back charm, the tasks they are set will of course bring them trouble, but their technophobe skills will of course bring them success and popularity come the climax.
There is the odd scattered moment that brings sweetness and smiles, such as the scene in the club where the young recruits come out of their shells and a fight breaks out, or Will Ferrell's brief appearance as Wilson's boorish brother-in-law, but overall this is a distinctly mediocre and very disappointing effort.
Director Levy's last two hits were Real Steel and Date Night, both very winning and highly enjpyable. Sad to say he's come a cropper here, with this smoothly made but unforgivably flaccid and unoriginal dud.
EXTRAS ★★★ There are both Theatrical and Extended cuts of the film, with the Extended cut runnng aan extra six minutes. There's an audio commentary with director Levy (only on the Theatrical cut); eight deleted scenes (8:26); the featurette Any Given Monday (17:52), a look at the filming of the Quidditch scene; and the theatrical trailer.