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FOR about 30 min­utes, The In­tern­ship tip- toes the fi ne line be­tween semi- shame­less prod­uct place­ment and full- on fea­ture- length ad­ver­tise­ment. Then it just gives up. All The In­tern­ship has to of­fer in re­turn for your time, money and at­ten­tion is one sim­ple mes­sage: Google is great.

Sure, you can laugh all you want at the wacky an­tics of stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wil­son as they try to land a job with the high­est- horse- pow­ered search engine in the world. But don’t ever go for­get­ting there’s no place like Google. No place at all. You be­come an em­ployee there and you’ve gone straight to heaven with­out hav­ing to die.

You can eat all you want in the cafe­te­ria and never pay. THE same, play­ful, naughty- but- nice hu­mour win­ningly ev­i­dent in the 2010 an­i­mated orig­i­nal hit lifts its se­quel clear of the also- rans in the an­i­mated sec­tor. Steve Carell re­turns as the voice of the for­merly no­to­ri­ous Gru. Once the world’s most fi endish su­pervil­lain, Gru is now the world’s soft­est- hearted sin­gle dad. But his

There are foos­ball ta­bles as far as the eye can see. There’s su­per­sonic high- speed wi- fi . And pimped- out gyms. And wan­der­ing masseuses.

Don’t want to take a lift down from your offi ce on the third fl oor? Just jump on a slide in­stead. Google is great. You got that? The In­tern­ship? Not so great. The vibe is nearly al­ways ge­nial, but the stuff on the screen is con­sis­tently fee­ble.

Vaughn and Wil­son go look­ing for some of the crazy, un­pre­dictable chem­istry from their Wed­ding Crash­ers days. But in­stead of any­thing- goes, all they fi nd is noth­ing- do­ing. The pair play for­mer watch sales­men try­ing to ward off de­vi­ous mind is still the ec­cen­tric engine room of the fran­chise, and Gru is soon putting that bad brain of his to good use af­ter be­ing re­cruited by the crime- fi ght­ing Anti- Vil­lain League. The pac­ing and vo­cal per­for­mances are sharp, the 3D vi­su­als are as eye- pop­ping as be­fore and those mis­chievous Min­ions re­main the best bunch of sec­ond- ba­nanas in movies. AN in­de­ci­pher­ably in­ert ac­tion fl ick sees di­rec­tor M. Night Shya­malan stuck in the same snoozy rut as his pre­vi­ous fi lm, The Last Air­ben­der. The story starts when a fa­ther­son combo of space- trav­el­ling Earth­lings are forced to crash- land on their now- aban­doned home planet. The dad ( Will Smith) has bro­ken long- term un­em­ploy­ment by com­pet­ing for an en­try- level post­ing at Google.

Nat­u­rally, with the guys be­ing on the wrong side of 40, most of the jokes are themed around how a dig­i­tal world has no place for th­ese ana­log di­nosaurs.

They also get to take some of their young nerdy new friends to a strip club. Later, they learn it is in­cor­rect to pro­nounce the word “on­line” as “on the line”.

Not so funny? Not the point. Just re­mem­ber there is yet to be a Bing movie. And there will never be a Ya­hoo! one ei­ther.

And that is why – all to­gether now – Google is great. both of his legs on im­pact, so it is up to his teenage son ( Jaden Smith) to fi nd the miss­ing res­cue bea­con that will save them. Any po­ten­tial to raise a pulse as Ki­tai does bat­tle with mu­tant wildlife of the fu­ture is un­der­cut by an over­whelm­ing at­mos­phere of dullness. No sur­prise, re­ally, when so much of the fi lm is driven by Will Smith robot­i­cally or­der­ing his kid around via a fancy cam­era phone.

COM­EDY DUO: Owen Wil­son and Vince Vaughn star in The In­tern­ship.

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