Here’s why Google is one of the most successful businesses on the planet: It’s figured out a way for Twentieth Century Fox to make a two-hour Google commercial disguised as a summer comedy. The title is “The Internship,” and it’s nominally a vehicle for Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. But make no mistake: Every frame of this film testifies to the hipster chic of the world’s largest Internet company. The free food, the sunny San Francisco campus, the multicolored bicycles, and multi-culti army of employees — this is the real revenge of the nerds. It makes what FedEx did in “Cast Away” look like a 30-second spot for a local furniture warehouse.
How’s the movie as a movie? Obvious, predictable, dopey, sentimental — and pretty entertaining, for all that. Vaughn and Wilson play Billy and Nick, two appliance salesmen who lose their longtime gig when boss John Goodman closes shop. Having never bothered to grow up, they’re middle-aged boys without a paycheck — more chum for the economic downturn.