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The Internship (A movie review)

10 Jun

Hello Everypony!

Sorry that it’s been so long since I gathered my wits enough to write. Things have been a little wonky here in Equestria. It hasn’t necessarily been okie-dokie-lokey around these parts. But they’re getting easier. I won’t bore you with the details any further–let’s just dive right in to the review!

When I first saw the trailers for this movie, I thought to myself, they’re trying to recapture the magic of Wedding Crashers all over again–this is going to be a disaster. (So of course, I made a point to go see this. I couldn’t look away!) Yet, surprisingly enough, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn manage to recapture the fun chemistry they had in Wedding Crashers without killing the rest of the film.

The film opens with two salesmen, Billy (Vaughn) and Nick (Wilson) pumping themselves up for what they hope will be a big sale. Unfortunately for them, it turns out their company has gone under and they’re the last ones to know. Defeated and in a rut, they go their separate ways and face their own woes, (divorce, foreclosure, begging off of family, working for jerks) which are essentially the stereotypical whole nine yards of cruddy things someone might have to deal with after losing their jobs.

Billy, desperate to find a job, stumbles across an opening for Interns at Google and immediately stakes out to find his partner, Nick. After a small scene involving Will Ferrel as a huge jerk of a boss, (a moment that feel weirdly unneeded.) Billy manages to convince Nick to go with him to California to apply for the internship in the hopes of obtaining a job with the internet giant.

Of course, hilarity ensues as the older gentlemen tackle the younger generation and the unfamiliar technological territory involved.

In general this movie was interesting to me, especially after having recently taken a course on Generational Diversity. For a moment or two, I was able to see how the generations above me might handle (or not handle) technology, and what the younger generation can teach them. Along the same thought; I also saw what the younger generation (including myself) might learn from the older generation that we seem to be lacking. (People skills for one. Optimism for another.)

All and all the movie was the sort that’s good for warm-fuzzies, big smiles and a happy aftermath of contentment. Sure, the characters sometimes feel very familiar–the Revenge of the Nerds might seem to meet with Sixteen Candles in there somewhere. (Especially when Yo Yo goes wild. You’ll see what I mean.)  Yet, the movie was pretty good about not leaving loose ends, and wrapping it all up with a nice bow in the end.

I give this a four out of five cupcakes scale! Dig into that sweetness and smile!

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The Campaign Review (Spoilers!)

13 Aug

Hello my faithful sidekicks!

So, lately, I haven’t been keeping up with this blog as much as I would like–between writing and life–things keep getting in the way. But I’ve had two days off from work now -faint applause in the distance- and actually found myself sitting still long enough to formulate some kind of a post.

This past Friday my boyfriend and I took in the new movie, The Campaign, with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. We had seen the trailers previously–and we knew the humor would be crude–but what we hadn’t realized was that the humor would also be rather dark.

In The Campaign,congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) appears to be running unopposed for his fifth consecutive term for North Carolina–but two rich CEO’s (Dan Aykroyd and John Lilthgow) have a power plot in mind. With hopes of selling this district of North Carolina to China for a sweatshop for higher profit, the CEO’s back a new cadidate: Marty Huggins ( Zach Galifianakis) to run against him. Ferrell’s character is an immensely corrupt, somewhat insane congressman that will do literally anything to win back his position in congress. He is unfaithful to his wife with one of his “groupies” as well as with his opponent’s wife for an advertisement. (Which was meant to e funny, I guess, but I found borderline disturbing.) He is a hyper-sexed example of a corrupt politician in the U.S.

Unlike the corrupt  Cam Brady, Galifianakis’s character Marty Huggins is a slightly effeminate, family-oriented, awkward, badly dressed but utterly ordinary guy. (A pretty typical set up. Like the Odd Couple.) He had been previously giving tours of his tiny town, and seemed genuinely happy with his simple life. Once the Motch brothers (the CEO’s) take an interest in him, his whole life is turned upside down  He is assigned a new advisor, Tim Watley (Dylan McDermott) who makes him change everything about himself, from his beloved Pug dogs to his hygiene. Soon the movie leads us to see that Marty is tearing his life apart to win this campaign, ignoring his wife and kids and becoming a less-than lovable character as he sabotages Cam Brady’s campaign at Tim’s advice. It isn’t until Marty is confronted with the truth of his backing from the Motch Brothers that he sees the flaws in his actions. He refuses to make illegal wage concessions for the sweatshop, and turns his back on the CEO’s to try and save his town.

When Marty begins to win the campaign, Cam’s wife leaves him and does not return until the Motch Brothers change sides and pays her to be with him for appearances. Due to the power and monetary control that the CEO’s have over the election, Cam Brady wins–but steps down–acknowledging that somewhere along the way he has lost his way and his desire to fight for the people–giving Marty the job.

The humor within this film was funny at times, but at other times too close to reality to be anything other than disturbing. The personal attacks that both Ferrell and Galifianakis’s characters make on one another take a satirical jab at the current election campaigns and the points out the speed in which campaigns can become childishly and inappropriately personal.

On the Suddenleigh scale I’d say this one is probably a four out of ten. It may be a better idea to wait for this one to hit DVD.