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Film: The Internship
There is some Product Placement here, but damned if I know what it is.

The Internship is a 2013 comedy film starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.

Vaughn and Wilson are Billy and Nick, two employees of a firm that can't seem to embrace the technological changes the firm is going through and are aptly told by their boss that they're literally obsolete, and subsequently fired. However, Billy discovers that an internship at the headquarters of Google is available, and manages to land the duo a spot. Unfortunately they end up competing with hundreds of the world's best and brightest for the positions, and with their obvious lack of digital savvy.....Hilarity Ensues.


This movie provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents/Hilariously Abusive Childhood/My Beloved Smother: Yo-Yo's mom.
  • Adorkable: Basically most of Team Lyle.
  • Automated Automobiles: Billy and Nick attempt to flag down a car on Google's campus to ask for directions when they first arrive. It turns out to be one of Google's driverless cars.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Billy and Nick begin to take on this mindset for their entire team, even their manager Lyle.
  • The Cameo: Will Ferrell is dating Nick's sister
    • Sergey Brin appears twice.
    • John Goodman is Billy and Nick's former boss.
    • Eric Andre is Sid, the Google exec Mr. Chetty keeps taking the mic from.
  • Camp Gay: The Golden Snitch.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: It is Headphones, aka Andrew, who ultimately influences the decision for Lyle's team to be hired.
  • Covert Pervert: Neha, who is an inexperienced virgin in Real Life but is also a fan of internet erotic Cosplay and even Hentai.
  • Creative Closing Credits: The names and titles appear as if they're part of various Google products, like Google Translate, Google+, and such.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Stuart and Graham
  • Defrosting Ice King: Stuart and Mr. Chetty
  • Digging Yourself Deeper / Genre Blind: When you're already in trouble, and you demand to speak to someone in authority, and then an insignificant-seeming guy who's always just been hanging around in the background walks up and presents himself, the appropriate response is not to ask who he's supposed to be, all hostile-like!
    • Also applies to Billy and Nick when they repeatedly give outrageously inappropriate answers to Mr. Chetty's questions about workplace etiquette.
  • The Dog Bites Back: The fat kid gets his revenge on Graham at the end.
  • Don't Try This at Home: Do not break fraternization regulations at your workplace, and definitely do not take pictures of yourself or your friends getting drunk at a strip club. Both are very likely to wreck your career.
    • On the other hand, having a beer with your boss and dating a fellow intern are allowed at Google in real life.
  • Easily-Distracted Referee: Graham wins the Quidditch match through blatant cheating after he distracts the referee.
  • Eating Lunch Alone: Billy and Nick are initially forced to do this when even their teammates refuse to sit with them.
  • Everyone Calls Him Headphones
  • Evil Brit: Max Minghella plays Graham as a smarmy, no holds barred competitor who takes every opportunity to degrade everyone else around him.
    • This trope is played with at the end when Headphones, as part of his Crowning Moment Of Awesome, tells him that his accent is "Bullshit", implying that Graham is faking the Brit part of the trope to make himself sound cooler.
    • Dana initially comes across this way when Google is reviewing Billy and Nick's webcam application as she is the most dismissive of them. However, it is revealed that she is neither evil nor British.
  • Fanservice: The entire stripclub sequence, especially in the unrated version.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: Invoked by the appropriately-named "Headphones", also known as Andrew, head of search.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Basically played straight, subverted and averted throughout the movie.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: The woman Nick's brother-in-law decides to assist in the mattress store. It's the first thing he even notices about her.
  • Ironic Echo: "Time to fake an injury."
  • Jerk Ass: Graham, Nick's brother in law, and Randy
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Nick feels this way about Dana, and a majority of the intern geeks sans a few are all pretty attractive.
  • Precision F-Strike: When Nick sees the guy dressed as the golden snitch.
    Nick: Who the fuck is this guy?
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Lyle.
  • Product Placement: Averted. While the movie is filled to the brim with Google products, Google received no money from this. The only explanation is that the director has a fetish for Google.
  • Rule of Drama: According to the writers, this is the reason Mr. Chetty is so unrealistically strict.
  • Running Gag:
    • Yo-Yo punishing himself for a failure. To the point where his plucking his eyebrow leaves him with only one near the end and Nick has to draw one for him.
    • Mr. Chetty taking the mic from Sid.
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: It's a pretty standard underdog sports movie plot at Google!
  • Shout-Out: Quite a few of them.
    • Billy motivates the team by referencing Flashdance
    • The interns try to sidetrack Billy and Nick by having them look for Professor Charles Xavier.
    • The entire Quidditch sequence. Lampshaded by Nick. "What does this even have to do with computers?"
    • At the end, Lyle refers to Marielena as "my Khaleesi".
  • Smug Snake: Graham again.
  • The Snark Knight: Stuart, before he undergoes some Character Development.
  • Snipe Hunt: Looking for Professor Charles Xavier.
  • Unrated Edition: The unrated version has some additional scenes, considerably more swearing and quite a bit of nudity in the strip-club sequence.
  • Workaholic: Dana
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Neha again.
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