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they learn that all interns will be divided into teams that must complete a series of challenges. At the end of the internship, members of the winning team collect the ultimate prize: full-time positions at the place where Chrome and Gmail were born. In short order, two 40-somethings who can barely work a webcam ﬁnd themselves attempting to ﬁ x coding bugs, develop apps and, for some strange reason, win Quidditch matches. And they must do it while working with younger,
Parents … So Like Us
It’s not just the parents’ interference in their children’s lives that links the films together. In both stories, the children — who are not strictly “children” anymore — are almost incapable of seeing their parents as anything but controlling elements. That “almost” is key and is the crux of both movies. Each kid comes to understand that his or her parents are human, with motivations of their own. In “Fill the Void,” the mom is pushing for the kindof-creepy marriage so that her grandson, the only child of her dead daughter, will stay in the country. To her, it seems like a perfect solution to a heartwrenching problem. In “Kings,” the dad has to live a life he never prepared for — that of a single father — whereas most dads get a pass when it comes to the day-to-day grind of parenting (Quick! Who made the lunches when you were growing up? The doctors’ appointments? Who signed your permission slips?). The parents in these two films are believably imperfect; they’re grieving and they’re loving and they’re scared and they really do want what is best for their kids. The stories are about the children, but — just like in life — the parents are right behind them, as human as can be. Read Kristen Page-Kirby’s previous columns at Readexpress.com/thereelist
The Internship (PG-13) Forget Google Glass — Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn ride Google bikes in “The Internship.” PHIL BRAY
Two films out this week deal with teenagers and their parents. In the pretty-good “The Kings of Summer,” a boy runs away because of his relationship with his father, which is strained after the death of the boy’s mother. In the excellent “Fill the Void,” an Orthodox Jewish girl is under immense pressure from her mother to marry her sister’s widower. Which is an entirely new level of annoying.
Google Crashers Vince Vaughn reunites with Owen Wilson as Luddites who vie for jobs in ‘The Internship’ Film Review Believability has no place in “The Internship.” This is a movie in which two middle-aged men, both suddenly unemployed, decide their wisest move is to apply for unpaid internships at Google even though they possess zero technical skills, barely know what Instagram is and often refer to the Internet as “the online.”
But hey, who cares, right? The whole point of “The Internship” is to reunite Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, whose mile-a-minute-meets-super-mellow chemistry made “Wedding Crashers” a massive hit in 2005. The fact that this overlong, often preposterous comedy succeeds at all (which it does, only occasionally) proves that the Vaughn/Wilson charm can still work a measure of magic. Former watch salesmen Billy (Vaughn) and Nick (Wilson) improbably snag those coveted intern slots and, gobsmacked and Googly-eyed, report to work, where
The ﬁlm’s most enjoyable moments play out when Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are at odds over some triviality.
Director: Shawn Levy Stars: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Josh Gad In a Nutshell: Two salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital age find their way into an internship at Google, where they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses.
brighter counterparts who have little patience for the clueless oldyolds who keep holding them back. The f ilm’s more enjoyable moments play out when Vaughn and Wilson are at odds over some triviality — say, the merits of including Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic” on their “Get Psyched” mix — or attempt to rally the spirits of the digital savants around them. But even some of those gags feel recycled. It’s a shame, because somewhere in “The Internship,” there’s a movie that wants to say some fresh, insightful things about the often marginalized roles in which Gen-Xers and Millennials find themselves in corporate America. JEN CHANEY (THE WASHINGTON POST )
coming soon 06.12: “This Is the End” of the world and Seth Rogen, James Franco and company do not feel fine. 06.14: Superman is reborn — as British actor Henry Cavill — in “Man of Steel.” 06.21: Emma Watson, left, leads “The Bling Ring,” based on a real-life group of teens who broke into celebrity homes. 06.28: Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy team up with “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig for cop comedy “The Heat.” (E XPRESS)