Spoiler Alert: Some, minor spoilers ahead.
I know most of us use Google Services, but ask yourself this very important question. Do you love Google? The writers Vince Vaughn and Jared Stern really want you to. If Google was a cult, this would be part of the promotional materials used to convince new recruits to give all their life savings to the cause. This would be the defining piece of literature that followers would point to showing how awesome Google is. Okay, I’m being a little unfair and getting ahead of myself. Let’s talk about the movie.
Nick (Owen Wilson) and Billy (Vince Vaughn) are two dinosaurs salesmen that are lost in the new Digital Age. Broke and jobless Billy decides that working for Google would be the best idea ever. This is never explained beyond, Google is the best company ever why wouldn’t they want to work for Google? Ignoring the fact that they have no skills or any knowledge that would be useful for a job a Google, Billy enrolls the pair in an online college and gets them an interview for an internship. They don’t have the skills, but they have the level of Googleyness that the admissions panel is looking for. The rest of the movie is the two guys being grouped with a ragtag team of geniuses (no, not losers, Google doesn’t hire losers) who go on to be the best intern team and win permanent positions. It follows the classic, down, up, knocked down, built up, last minute comeback structure that such kind of movies have, and I just struggled to get into it. There are a few laughs, but that’s it.
The worst part about it is that this movie could have been great, there have been more successful movies built on thinner plots. Look at the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise who’s source material was a Disney ride, or the Transformers franchise based on action figures, all very successful and all better than this movie because they aren’t so smug. Nothing about the message is subtle, it feels forced which makes the acting feel terrible. Say what you will about Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson but they are a great comedic pairing and work well together. Yet try as they might, they couldn’t save this movie and neither could Will Farrell’s cameo. And the scene at the end really bothered me, they basically used all of Google’s services to bully this shop owner into expanding and to rely on Google.
For a feelgood movie about connecting people, I didn’t feel connected at all. This movie is amongst my least favourite movies of the year, such a shame too because it had all the ingredients, it just went too heavy handed on the message.