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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.