Posted on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
Buddy comedies live and die by the chemistry between their leads. If nothing else, then, at least Shawn Levy‘s The Internship has a strong central pairing going for it. In their first team-up since Wedding Crashers, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play two middle-aged salesmen who learn their jobs have become obsolete in the digital age.
The guys attempt to revitalize their careers with a coveted internship at Google, only to find themselves competing for work against tech-savvy 20somethings who have no patience for their outdated approach. Basically, it’s the classic fish-out-of-water setup, only it takes place in Google’s shiny offices. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
The trailer debuted, appropriately enough, via a Google Hangout hosted by Vaughn, Wilson, and Conan O’Brien.
Not all the gags are so fresh. I don’t buy that Vaughn and Wilson’s characters would have never heard of Professor Xavier, even at their “advanced” age — not only has the character been around since before they were born, he’s been a main character in several major mainstream blockbusters over the past decade. But I laughed at their silly little spin on the “programmers writing on glass walls” trope, and was tickled to see The Social Network star Max Minghella exploring a more comedic side of tech.
Also starring Rose Byrne, John Goodman, Jessica Szohr, Dylan O’Brien, and B.J. Novak, The Internship opens June 7.
Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) 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 of the nation’s most elite, tech-savvy geniuses to prove that necessity really is the mother of re-invention.