Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an adult intern at a huge corporation, like, say, Google, for instance? Whether you have or you haven’t, the important thing is that Vince Vaughn did and then wrote the story for The Internship, which stars himself (as Billy) and Owen Wilson (as Nick). And, yes, it is a lovely on-screen reunion for the two ex-wedding crashers.
This time around, they play two newly-unemployed guys who decide to apply for an internship program at Google despite not knowing anything at all about technology. The hijinks commence when they are accepted and discover that all of the other interns are about half of their age and are doubly as smart. While you certainly shouldn’t expect Oscar-winning potential and will most definitely predict the ending before the movie reaches its halfway point, it delivers a solid good time while managing to incorporate some brainy humor and the happy ending that everyone’s rooting for.
In the beginning of the movie, the head of the internship (who will henceforth be called the King of Interns because it sounds more fun) lets the roomful of interns know that their time at Google won’t be “like your average internship.” You know why not? Because, as it turns out, their time as interns at Google is exactly like lots of people’s times in high school. But because I know that you won’t just take my word for it, here are the spoiler-filled reasons why:
1. There Is A Mean Girl, There Is Always A Mean Girl
Ah, let’s take a moment to reflect on the bitch that everyone hated in high school. She was the Regina George to your Janis Ian, the Kate Sanders to your Lizzie McGuire and she didn’t care one bit about your feelings as long as you knew that she hated your beloved cropped hoodie (that was apparently out of style). This movie’s resident Mean Girl, Graham, is actually a boy but I didn’t call him a “Mean Boy” because a Mean Girl is a very specific title that I feel can be applied to members of all genders. For example, he establishes a pack of passive people who do everything he says and has perfected the “I am better than you” face. You know the one.
2. There Is A Bunch Of Group Work (That Everyone Hates)
I’m not really sure who invented group work in high school but a quick Tumblr search of the “groupwork” tag will let you know how most of the world feels about it which is a mixture of hatred and disgust with a sprinkle of “why me???” on top. And yet, teachers really get a kick out of making their students work together for some reason (see: they are mild sadists). The movie’s entire premise is based on the fact that the interns are only guaranteed a job at the end if their entire group contributes to the effort to win each intern challenge. This, like all group work in high school, causes so very many problems.
3. Their Lunch-Eating Spots Are Decided By Social Ranking
I think that part of the official definition of high school should read something like, “Plagued with cliques and also gross lunches,” both of which are really true about high school. And social rules state that you have to eat that lunch at a lunch table with your very own clique or else the walls of the school building will begin to collapse. Aside from the fact that everyone spends the whole work day with their assigned group (see: number 2), they also only eat with their group as well. It’s like watching a ring of people who are all attached at the hip and, let me tell you, as someone who survived high school, so is that place.
4. There Are Team Sports With People Who Take Said Sports Way Too Seriously
For some reason that I don’t think has anything to do with preparing for a full-time job at Google, the interns play a game of Quidditch, which Graham and his team take extremely seriously. Like so seriously that he injures his own teammate as well as Nick, who is on the opposing team. Remind you of anyone? Oh, right, the annoying person who thought that a gym class game of Steal The Bacon was the Olympic prelims and made everyone else hate playing anything with them.
5. Peer Pressure Is Alive And Is Stomping All Over People’s Free Will
So much peer pressure everywhere, laying its graceful hand on everything innocent. In the movie, everyone convinced the inexperienced momma’s boy, Yo-Yo, to take shots of tequila and goodie-two-shoes, Neha, to let loose and go craaazy. Of course, there is some good peer pressure, too, like when Billy convinced Nick to take a big risk on himself and his career. But, like in high school, the not-so-good peer pressure is always the most visible.
6. Cardinal Rules Are Broken
Full disclosure: high school kids (for the most part) never listen. I can’t even tell you the amount of times hats were worn in the building and gum was chewed (and then stuck under desks) in class. It was mayhem, absolute mayhem! And like the crafty high school students who find ways to skirt around the school rules, Nick somehow manages to date one of his bosses during his internship, apathetically shrugging in the face of all of the rules. Nick, you rebel.
7. The Underdog Is The Ultimate Winner
The biggest similarity between high school and this movie is probably how they both end: sweetly and with the underdog getting the last laugh. While the interns in the movie only have to endure a few months of losing and it takes quite a few years for the real-life underdog to end up on top, one thing is for certain: you never really lose for long. That’s why the Mean Girl and the Wannabe Olympic Athlete need to take it easy and pursue little Future Steve Jobs’ friendship like their futures depend on it. Because they totally do.