The last time we saw Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson together as an ensemble, they were creating havoc in David Dobkin’s, Wedding Crashers (as John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey). This film (directed by Shawn Levy) sees the pair as watch salesmen – Billy McMahon (Vaughn) and Nick Campbell (Wilson), seeking new employment, after their employer goes bust. Billy peruses the Internet one night, before applying for an internship at Google for the pair of them. Vaughn and Wilson are teamed up with a group of younger, tech-savvy interns at Google – a fabulous, young cast of supporting actors: Josh Brener (Lyle), Tiya Sircar (Neha), Tobit Raphael (Yo-Yo Santos) and Dylan O’Brien (Stuart). Vaughn and Wilson lift the film above the average – in my opinion – and give it the extra, comedic spark (and quality) that makes for a thoroughly enjoyable, afternoon popcorn flick. They really are the masters of their game at this type of cinema, and a shout-out now to stick around for the end credits, because they are quite, visually stunning.
The movie focuses largely on the advancement of technology, and the digital world (which is why Vaughn and Wilson have lost their jobs). The main antagonist of the piece is Graham Hawtrey (played by The Social Network’s, Max Minghella). Quite a fitting piece of casting to have him appear in another social-network type film, that mentions the likes of Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and – of course – Google. He is perfect folly for the likes of Vaughn and Wilson, and doesn’t come across as totally irritating, that you immediately want the good guys to win.
Further support comes in the form of Dana (played by the wonderful Rose Byrne) and there is great chemistry between her and Wilson. The film doesn’t suffer with Owen and Vince being apart for too long either. There is a very similar scene in the film to another, from Vince’s back catalogue, but with the likes of Alanis Morissette and House of Pain featuring on the soundtrack, you can’t go too far wrong.
Further mentions must go to Aasif Mandvi (who plays Mr. Chetty) – the head of the internship programme, and Josh Gad (who is merely known as Headphones). If you watch the film, this is fairly self-explanatory, as to why. There is a somewhat, serious backstory as well, involving the character of Yo-Yo Santos. All in all – a thoroughly enjoyable piece of viewing, and an afternoon well spent at the cinema. Parts of the dialogue were even relevant to real life, in some capacity, as well.