Wedding Crashers duo Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn try to re-capture the comic magic of their 2005 hit, playing washed-up watch salesman striving to re-invent themselves as Google interns in generation-clash comedy The Internship.
The shtick is the same, with Wilson as the sweet-talking charmer and Vaughn the brazen motor mouth, but this time instead of bluffing their way into weddings they somehow blag their way via Skype on to the internship programme at the search behemoth. Surrounded by nerdy tech geniuses half their age, the duo are clueless, analogue dinosaurs in a digital world.
The comic business that ensues from this set-up is only fitfully amusing. (How many times do we need to hear the befuddled Nick say ‘on the line’ instead of ‘online’?)
And the story’s redemptive arc is all too predictable – you just know Nick and Billy’s old-school people skills will prove golden in the end.
But Wilson and Vaughn’s comic chemistry still works its charm – that Skype interview is hands down hilarious. A shame, though, that the satire of the tech world is so mild: Nick and Billy may come through but the real winners are Google for whom the movie plays as one long, wildly flattering advertisement.
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