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I was amongst the hundred or so people who left laughing after attending NY Creative Interns’ advanced screening of ‘The Internship.’ Directed by Shawn Levy and starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, the movie showed our favorite ‘Wedding Crashers’ reunite in the modern world of internships. Will Ferrell’s crude humor and histrionics will never get old, regardless of how small the role.
‘The Internship’ has just the right balance of humor and sincerity, appealing to college kids, recent grads, and young professionals with its accentuation of their experiences. Nick Campbell (Owen Wilson) and Billy McMahon (Vince Vaughn), jostle for jobs at Google, competing against students of prestigious schools such as Stanford and Harvard. Heading to Google with no technology experience, but plenty of determination, they apply their own skills and prove that even a mattress salesmen can succeed at somewhere like Google. As young creatives, we relate to the characters of their ‘Breakfast Club-esque’ work team, from the parental push toward a good job to feelings of self-doubt in a world of competition.
While there’s no denying that Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn are not exactly the typical youth of the modern intern, an overarching theme of the movie is that age and academic background are as relevant as one makes them. The proverbial concept of ‘age is only a number’ is highlighted in this movie. And yes, you can breathe a sigh of relief because while a Harvard degree may help your chances of acquiring the job of your dreams, it isn’t the golden ticket. Watching the hilarious duo, we are reminded that personality goes a long way.
Underneath the good old humor, vulgarity, partying, and cattiness lies an important lesson for us: don’t underestimate yourself or anyone else.
Quoting the wise and comical Billy: “Sometimes the long shots pay off the biggest.”
Have you watched the movie yet? What are your thoughts on it? Feel free to share in the comments!