Monday, September 16, 2013
Starring: Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson
Story (may contain spoilers!):
Vince Vaughn plays Billy McMahon and together with his partner Nick Campbell played by Owen Wilson, they're both watch salesman for a small company and was sent to close a deal with one of their client. Although both were good at their jobs, they however, found out from their client that their company's business is actually no more and were closed down.
Shocked by this revelation, they confronted their boss to explain to them more about the bad news. Being jobless, Nick relied on his to be brother-in-law whom he's relationship with him wasn't so good to work for him as a mattress salesman while Billy looks around for jobs on the Internet.
While looking out for jobs on the Internet, Billy had the idea of working for Google. He convinces Nick to quit the sucky mattress salesman job to join him in an interview with Google for internship position which could lead to a permanent job at Google if they're good at what they do.
After a video conference interview, Google staff members reviewed in a meeting on who to take in for the internship program. When Billy and Nick came up, the board was divided on whether to take them on board with one deciding vote that got them in.
At Google, they were firstly overwhelmed by the great atmosphere they're in where they join many others who are in the internship program. Mr. Chetty, the head of the internship program, then announce to all the "Nooglers" (new interns at Google) to group themselves where at the end of the internship program, the group that succeeds the most challenges is the one group that will be hired on to work for Google.
Their biggest rival is a team led by Graham, who's snobbish and a control freak but very talented and smart. At the start of the first challenge, Billy and Nick seemed so out of place from all the interns since it was a debugging challenge and Billy and Nick just don't have any technical knowledge at all.
How do they later fit in with the interns at Google without being tech-savvy? Watch the show to find out!
I'm not sure why the producers chose Google as part of their main plot line since they can just make up a company that's fun to work with but whether it's a way to market Google more or just a way to ride on the success of Google being named the "Best Company to Work For" (Fortune 500 ranking) for the fourth time this year (2007, 2008, 2012, 2013), I do agree that it needed the 'Googliness' in order to make it funnier. Although the movie was shot at Georgia Tech instead of the actual Google office, it did do quite a nice job in transforming the place to have the Google element in it but of course, the Google office has a more corporate feel to it while the movie set up was more towards a college campus feel.
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as always provided slapstick comedy to the movie which is okay for laughs and like some of Vince Vaughn's comedy shows, it also provided a message in a "moral of the story" setting. In this movie, it preaches about the possibility of second chances, that it's possible to reinvent yourself no matter how old you are and it's never too late.
Well, I just got one nagging question that bugs me throughout the whole movie, why is Lyle, an employee at Google among the team of interns???
I rate this movie 3 stars out of 5