This film stars Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Dylan O’Brien, Josh Brener, and Tiya Sircar. The story is about Billy, played by Vince Vaughn and Nick, played by Owen Wilson who have made their living selling watches until their job becomes obsolete. When they are forced to quickly find new careers, they decide to enroll in school and apply for an internship at Google.
I chose this film on a whim and went in expecting the movie to be not only awful but unbearable as well because of the two main actors. However, I was plesantly surprised. While the story was very unrealistic in many ways like how Google was portrayed and the fact that Billy and Nick were able to obtain internships at Google, the characters themselves were endearing and likeable.
The supporting characters were my favorite like Lyle (Josh Brener), Stuart (Dylan O’Brien), and Neha (Tiya Sircar). The characters were written in such a way and also played in a way that made them seem like people you would want to know and become friends with, and of course these characters were also intelligent and witty.
I am not normally a big fan of Vince Vaughn or Owen Wilson because they seem to always be the same character in everything and can become tiresome and obnoxious. In this film, they had their moments of obnoxious rambling but it was not as bad as in other movies. I am however, a big fan of Dylan O’Brien’s acting and have seen him in several other productions. He has a lot of talent and potential for being a young actor.
Josh Gad played the Headphones guy in this film. He does a great job with expressing emotions through his speech and tones which was probably why he made an excellent snowman in the movie Frozen as he played Olaf. There were also some cameos by a few actors that I am also a big fan of that are worth mentioning: John Goodman who was Billy and Nick’s boss, JoAnna Garcia Swisher who was Megan, and Jessica Szohr who was Marielena.
I was shocked to find out that Vince Vaughn was listed as one of the writers as there were many funny scenes and parts in the film. One such scene is in the opening scene where Billy and Nick are driving in the car and blasting Alanis Morissette’s song “Ironic” while singing with it. The song also plays right after they are given the bad news about losing their jobs.
Another humorous part is that Will Ferrell’s character has a tattoo on his neck that supposedly says “make reasonable choices”. Oh, and the Quidditch match is funny and entertaining too. Billy’s inexperience and ignorance is amusing and is showcased when he says “On the line” in reference to things being online on the world wide web.
The final scene worth mentioning is when the younger team members pull a prank on Billy and Nick in the beginning of the internship to try to get them out of the way. They send the two of them on a wild goose chase to find Professor X at the University of Stanford.
I liked the scenery and setting and I recognized several of the songs in the film from commercials and enjoyed the music. Also, while it has a great ending, the information about Google has to be taken with a grain of salt, though it still looks like it would be a fun place to work.
Overall, I did like the movie and would recommend it for at least one watch.
Rating 4/5 Stars
Plenty of humor
Newer actors were impressive
Vaughn and Wilson still have moments of obnoxious rambling