We live in a digital world, one defined by media and technology, and our interaction with them. It’s a world that’s constantly expanding, taking human potential to new horizons and in different directions, but at the same time, it’s an isolating world, one that’s become more and more segregated and secluded. And that’s one of the main focuses of Shawn Levy’s The Internship. Communication.
Set in 2003, and chronicling the creation of a website that would grow to define the modern age and become a household name, The Internship focuses on the relationship of Google co-founders Nick Campbell (Owen Wilson) and Bill McMahon (Vince Vaughn) as best friends turned bitter enemies, as their billion dollar idea transforms them into pseudo-celebrities, and turns their relationship into one of the most notorious falling outs in modern internet history.
The film has a non-linear structure, focusing both on the rift in Campbell and McMahon’s friendship, as well as the resultant lawsuits that followed. The script, penned by Vince Vaughn and Jared Stern, is a riveting, mile-a-minute drama, peppered with bits of well-timed humor, and some engaging and entertaining supporting characters. Vaughn and Wilson have an amazing chemistry, playing off each other in what proves to be an energetic yet heartfelt piece.
The supporting players are equally interesting, with Max Minghella doing a spot-on Graham Hawtrey (the creator of Bing) as writers Vaughn and Stern spin a web of lies and betrayal, all wrapped in the packaging of a complex and provocative, yet entertaining biographical Google comedy.