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The Internship is a 2013 comedy film starring Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Dylan O'Brien, and Rose Byrne and directed by Shawn Levy.

Billy McMahon (Vaughn) and Nick Campbell (Wilson) are 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.


The Internship provides examples of:

  • 10-Minute Retirement: Billy decides to quit after screwing up the Help Desk challenge, only to be swayed over by Nick and rejoin the team for the final Sales quest.
  • An Aesop: Underdogs can prevail with The Power of Friendship.
  • Artistic License
    • Neha describes Hentai as anime where the woman are ravaged by tentacles which is technically true, but Hentai is an american label for any Japanese anime and manga porn and is not limited to just tentacles.
    • Dating in the workplace is considered unprofessional; there is no way Nick and Dana would get away with making out in the office.
  • 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.
  • Bar Brawl: At a strip club.
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  • Big Brother Instinct: Billy and Nick begin to take on this mindset for their entire team, even their manager Lyle.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Just as the administrator is about to announce the winner of the assessment, a video animation starts playing and Team Lyle bursts through the doors with free pizza for everyone.
  • Bookends: Near the beginning of the movie after Nick and Billy lose their jobs Nick gets a job working for his sisters's Jerkass boyfriend selling mattresses only for Billy to show up and convince him to try and get jobs at Google. Near the end, during Billy's 10-Minute Retirement he gets a job working for a Jerkass selling motorized scooters when Nick shows up to convince him to go back to Google.
  • Calling The Old Woman Out: Yo-Yo is finally able to take a stand against his mother, which earns him a thumb-up from his father.
  • 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 Queen: Dana towards Nick. Also 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.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: Team Lyle hijacking the video screen for their animation during the movie's climax.
  • 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.
  • Dumbass Has a Point:
    • Averted during the first challenge, where they are looking for a bug in the code. Billy and Nick's out-of-the-box thinking doesn't get them anywhere other than a Snipe Hunt.
    • Played straight later when Billy comes up with his idea for an app that asks a quiz question before sending off a drunk text message.
  • 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, 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.
  • Flipping the Bird: Neha to Graham during the movie's climax.
  • Groin Attack: The man in the wheelchair turns into an Extremity Extremist and gives Nick a good punch in the balls.
    • Also Neha effectively uses this technique against her opponent in the Bar Brawl.
  • 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.
  • Informed Attribute: Somewhat played with. Both Billy and Nick are said to be excellent salesmen with Billy supposedly selling prosciutto to a rabbi at some point. Played straight where Billy tries to explain his idea for an app and explain how it's not like Instagram. Doesn't help that he calls in Exchangagram. This goes pretty poorly. Subverted in that him and Billy are actually shown to be excellent salesmen, his poor pitch of Exchangagram is due to he and Billy's strategy involving them charming potential clients, something at that point, Billy does not have the luxery to do.
  • Insistent Terminology: It's online, not on the line.
  • Ironic Echo: "Time to fake an injury."
  • Jerkass: Graham, Nick's brother in law, and Randy.
  • Just in Time: At the very last moment Team Lyle rushes in to hand over their results for the Sales challenge which goes on to win them the competition.
  • Left the Background Music On: The opening song "Ironic" by Alanis Morissette turns out to be playing in-universe on the car radio.
  • Married to the Job: Dana.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Nick feels this way about Dana, and a majority of the intern geeks sans a few are all pretty attractive.
  • Never My Fault: When Andrew announces that Team Lyle are the winners as they showed their ‘Googliness’ by working as a team, Graham immediately starts criticising his own group for not showing team spirit, ignoring the fact that the reason they didn’t have that was because he insisted on trying to control everything rather than letting the rest of the group contribute and balance things out.
  • Obviously Evil: Graham, not showing a single redeeming quality of goodness in him.
  • Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure: See 10-Minute Retirement
  • Precision F-Strike: When Nick sees the guy dressed as the golden snitch.
    Nick: Who the fuck is this now?
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Lyle.
  • Previews Pulse: The sound effect can be heard before the Quidditch game begins.
  • 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.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: When Nick tries to hit on her at the nap pods, Dana starts off sarcastically shooting down Nick's flirtations before slowly going into a frustrated rant about how being a workaholic and Married to the Job means she missed out on dating and having a social life.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Team Lyle.
  • Rapid-Fire Typing: Headphones is typing rapidly throughout the lunch scene.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: One review complained about the made up words "Noogler" and "Googley" when those are terms actually used at Google.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Graham gives one to Billy at the sauna, noting that he himself doesn't need to win but simply wait for Billy to screw up as he always does. Cue: Billy failing at the Help Desk challenge.
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: It's a pretty standard underdog sports movie plot at Google!
  • Rogue Juror: Lyle is taking a stand defending Billy and Nick's application against the other members of the council who wanted them out immediately.
  • Rousing Speech: Billy gives a Believe-In-Yourself speech to the team when they are way behind at the Quidditch game.
  • Rule of Cool: One wonders how throwing pizza slices through the air is supposed to work without making a huge mess.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Self-Punishment Over Failure: Yo-Yo Santos plucks his eyebrows when he fails at something, as his Tiger Mom taught him to do.
  • Smug Snake: Graham again.
  • The Snark Knight: Stuart, before he undergoes some character development.
  • Snipe Hunt: Looking for Professor Charles Xavier.
  • Sore Loser: Graham at the end against his team mates, which earns him a The Dog Bites Back.
  • The Stinger: In the middle of the end credits, there is a 'Lost Cosplay Scene' with Will Ferrell as Boba Fett.
  • Tsundere: Nick lampshades Stuart being one, commenting on how he's going to enjoy it when Stuart starts opening up to him.
    • Mr Chetty. As Lyle points out he was the deciding vote that helped them get in.
  • Unrated Edition: The unrated version has some additional scenes, considerably more swearing and quite a bit of nudity in the strip-club sequence.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: The moment Billy declares that him studying all night long is going to win them the Help Desk challenge, one knew this would not turn out well.
  • Wacky Startup Workplace: The film, which is set at Google, portrays the working environment as fun and full of amenities like nap pods, massage rooms, beach volleyball, free food, and even Quidditch. With the exception of the Quidditch, this is Truth in Television.
  • Walk and Talk: A variation with Billy and Nick having a discussion while riding Google bicycles.
  • Workaholic: Dana
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Neha again.


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