The Shawn Levy-directed comedy, “The Internship,” was not a critical success upon its release, garnering a 35 percent average at Rotten Tomatoes. The film follows Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as they pursue internships at Google. The pair are comedic foils and too old for the positions, where they mingle with 20-somethings in a contemporary tech-based environment. The film’s stars teamed up with the far more successful 2005 flick, “Wedding Crashers,” which was raunchier and earned a 75 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Both films are out on DVD and pay-to-view channels available through certain cable packages. Although “The Internship” made only $17.1 million on its opening weekend against a $58 million budget, reports HollywoodReporter.com, its having a health run on cable. Despite poor ratings and a insubstantial box office return, we can glean a few lessons from the movie.
Lesson 1: Unique and Unconventional
Despite the Hollywood-esque film elements, such as the “good guys always win” ending and the diverse cast of eccentric characters, the film offers a simple real-life takeaway. Lead characters Billy and Nick apply for the Google internship. Their unorthodox methods, such as sarcastic innuendos and lack of experience, are what earn them their internships.
The real-life takeaway is that over-the-top strategies sometimes work when landing a job. This might take the form of a humorous professionally filmed video that differentiates you from the others who send resume and rinse and repeat. The Undercover Reporter says that likability is the fourth most important attribute in job candidates, behind intelligence, leadership and integrity. A campaign focused on too much of the concrete details and not enough on your personality might be counter productive.
Lesson 2: Teamwork
If “The Internship” taught us anything, it’s the value of teamwork. Forty-ish Vaughn and Wilson can’t relate to their younger teammates’ competitiveness during internship training challenges. They go into the experience with little technical knowledge and open themselves to learning from their know-it-all counterparts. The takeaway here is to take the time to get to know your teammates and learn from them. You don’t know everything.
Lesson 3: Gateways to Success
The conclusion of “The Internship” may have been fantastical, but it speaks a truth about the value of an internship. Work experience makes job candidates more valuable, whether it comes from part-time jobs or unpaid internships. Twenty hours a week for six months can earn an intern valuable hands-on experience that overshadows lessons learned in classrooms and through textbooks.
Lesson 4: Positive Attitude
The Vaughn and Wilson characters are perpetually upbeat and positive. Although they appear absurdly naive to viewers, as when Vaughn’s character says “on the line” instead of “online,” the takeaway is that positive attitudes can triumph over cutthroat competition.