I’m not sure if Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are trying to cut their careers short, but the clash of the generations depicted in the latest trailer for The Internship isn’t working. Although better than the teaser trailer, what we see here is still not stacking up. This new trailer explores further into the reaches of the characters and story, but The Internship still feels like a bit of a stretch in this day and age. Watch the full theatrical trailer after the break and see for yourself.
It’s your classic fish out of water tale for two fortysomethings who lose their jobs because their business has become outdated. Assume that jokes about their incompetent use of technology and the misunderstandings of twentysomethings will ensue heavily while Vaughn and Wilson recount how life was in the ’80s. The trailer for The Internship lacks any sort of depth to draw you in, and I’m assuming the marketing department has their their fingers crossed in hopes people remember how funny these two were in Wedding Crashers back in 2005.
Expanding on the premise of what Nick (Owen Wilson) and Billy (Vince Vaughn) are up against, we learn that they must break off into teams during their internship and are stuck with the misfits. This underdog team is comprised of Neha Patel (Tiya Sircar), Stuart Twombly (Dylan O’Brien), Yo-Yo Santos (Tobit Raphael), and team manager Lile (Josh Brener). Observing their status is Mr. Chetty (Aasif Mandvi), while The Social Network leech, Max Mighella, will be playing Graham, a rival intern. Watch the trailer below:
The humor in this trailer falls flat on its face. Maybe we are watching everything out of context, but Flashdance, X-Men, Rubiks cubes, and home-schooled jokes? Come on now. Even though the trailer does an OK job at introducing our characters, the plot feels too thin. Besides the lack of jobs, what is the motivation here, how could these buffoons not get jobs elsewhere? How many times do you think they will say the word Google in this movie?
Here’s the official plot synopsis of The Internship courtesy of Apple Trailers:
Billy and Nick are salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital world. Trying to prove they are not obsolete, they defy the odds by talking their way into a coveted internship at Google, along with a battalion of brilliant college students. But, gaining entrance to this utopia is only half the battle. Now they must compete with a group pf the nation’s most elite, tech-savvy geniuses to prove that necessity really is the mother of re-invention.
Directed by Shawn Levy (Real Steal; Date Night; Night at the Museum), The Internship may be just another dud on the belt of this poor director. He’s worked with some decent A-list celebs, so will he be able to handle all the young talent himself or has Levy gone in over his head like our two protagonists?
The Internship hits theaters everywhere Friday, June 7, 2013.