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Barbed Wire: ‘The Internship’

Barbed Wire: 'The Internship'

Barbed Wire is the place where Criticwire celebrates the art of the pan. Here’s where you’ll find the roughest, toughest, funniest reviews, with easy access links to both article and author so you can follow more of their work.

In 2005, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson were the belles of the proverbial ball when critics and audiences alike embraced their raunchy summer vehicle, “Wedding Crashers.” Alas, the shine seems to have faded with this weekend’s “The Internship,” which reunites the fast-talking duo in a film largely — and rightfully — criticized for its pervasive incorporation of the Google brand, not to mention an overall dearth of laughs. (With only five reviews in so far, the current Criticwire average is a relatively generous C+.) Director Shawn Levy (“Night at the Museum,” “Cheaper by the Dozen”) has hardly been a critical darling, but that hasn’t prevented his films from hitting it big at the box office regardless, nor has egregious product placement.

Here are ten great lines from ten brutal reviews of “The Internship:”

Tim Grierson, Deadspin

“Most movies sell some sort of fantasy: True love is real; good always triumphs over evil; all dogs go to heaven. But few peddle so many as ‘The Internship.'”

A.A. Dowd, The A.V. Club

“If this excessively flattering farce is to be believed, Googliness is next to godliness.”

Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com

“Its sentiment is largely mummified, with significant feelings on job security and self-improvement lost to fingerpaint screenwriting and a series of pulled punches.”

Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“Whatever Mr. Vaughn’s motivations, with ‘The Internship’ he has charted possibly new, definitely uneasy terrain by helping create a big-studio release that, from start to gaga finish, is a hosanna to a single company, its products, philosophy and implicit politics.”

Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press

“I’ve had more fun watching Google doodles than watching ‘The Internship.’ A lot more.”

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

“‘I believe what we do makes people’s lives better!’ chirps a Google employee at the rah-rah ending. Maybe so, but two hours spent watching ‘The Internship’ will make your life worse.”

Peter Sobczynski, eFilmCritic

“I promise you that you will get more laughs this weekend from ‘The Purge’ than you will from this one and ‘The Purge’ isn’t even trying to be funny in the first place.”

Claudia Puig, USA Today

“Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson may be the worst interns since Monica Lewinsky.”

Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle

“If you’ve ever thought to yourself, ‘Yeah, I use Google — as a search engine, a map, a translator, a verb — but I wish there was a way to get more Google in my life,’ then you’re in luck.”

Kyle Smith, New York Post

“Maybe ‘The Internship’ was secretly funded by Bing.”

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