THE INTERNSHIP (Shawn Levy). 119 minutes. Opens Friday (June 7). Rating: N
The Internship is to Wedding Crashers as City Slickers II: The Legend Of Curly's Gold was to City Slickers - a totally unnecessary follow-up to a self-contained hit that does everything it can to recreate the dynamic of the original movie while the stars do everything they can to pretend said original movie didn't cover this exact same ground, and in a more satisfactory manner.
At least City Slickers II came out soon after the first one. It's been eight years since Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson made Wedding Crashers, but here they are again, doing their lovable-scamps double act as two unreconstructed slackers transitioning from irresponsibility into adulthood.
This time they're newly obsolete watch salesmen who launch themselves into the modern age by scamming internships at Google, where they find themselves jockeying for jobs alongside dozens of younger, smarter and more confident contenders - and three nerds (Dylan O'Brien, Tobit Raphael and Tiya Sircar) with whom they're teamed up.
It's basically a feature-length crank aimed at aging bros secretly terrified of being left behind in a world of tablets and clouds and Instagrams and the kids with their hip-hop music and their parachute pants. Vaughn and Wilson are just coasting, with a level of self-satisfaction that grows creepier as the movie goes on and on. And "goes on" is the operative term here; there's absolutely no reason this movie needs to be two hours long.
And, yes, it's a feature-length commercial for Google services, though it's odd that neither the Chromebook nor the Android operating system is ever mentioned by name. Maybe it's a licensing thing.