This Rotten Week: Predicting The Internship And The Purge Reviews image

Well, it’s hot as heck out there which can only mean we’re knee deep in the summer movie season. And it wouldn’t be the season without its fair share of blockbusters and bombs. This week looks like a mixed bag with an internship at Google and our annual purge.

Just remember, I’m not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they’ll end up on the Tomatometer.
Let’s take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

The Internship

When someone loses their comedic fastball, it’s fairly obvious. Staying funny over the long haul is tough. The quirky nonchalance, sarcastic bent that carried you through your formative years doesn’t always hold up into advanced middle age. It’s really not your fault necessarily. It’s not like you got less funny. Rather, the landscape has changed, new things get laughs, and the cache you used to carry around can get quickly replaced by a sad desperateness as you overreach for giggles and smiles. Once this happens, well it’s a like pitcher who no longer brings the heat and now has to rely on some of the auxiliary stuff, often to diminishing (or downright pathetic) returns. Welcome to Vince Vaughn’s and Owen Wilson’s worlds.

It’s not news that these guys haven’t brought the goods for awhile. Vaughn has given us The Watch (16%), The Dilemma (24%) and Couples Retreat (11%) while Wilson has been only slightly better with Hall Pass (34%), The Big Year (40%) and How Do You Know (32%).** The Starsky & Hutch and Wedding Crashers heyday is long gone, replaced with something contrived and formulaic. The Internship appears more a movie written by people who wrote a bunch of jokes about internet “nerds” and how “adults don’t understand technology” and decided to turn those canned laughs into a movie. When the trailer is predictable, the movie doesn’t really stand a chance.

**I purposefully left of Midnight in Paris (93%) because, while a good movie, it doesn’t represent Wilson’s brand of humor. I think the flick was successful because it was Allen’s vision with Wilson there by circumstance. Feel free to argue that point, but do you think of it as an Owen Wilson movie? I don’t.

Shawn Levy has had directing “success” with his other ventures Real Steel (60%) and Date Night (67%). But he’s also got Night at the Museum (44%), Cheaper by the Dozen (23%) and Just Married (19%) filling out the bottom of that resume so his work is far from a sure thing. This newest movie will undoubtedly finish closer to his earlier work. Presuming all people employed by Google are socially inept computer dorks and adults like Vaugn and Wilson are there to “teach them about the world” just seems so contrived. The comedic fastball is gone for these guys. And when it goes, it rarely comes back. The Rotten Watch for The Internship is 17%

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By Doug Norrie