Lewd Humor Tarnishes The Internship's Underdog Story
- Thursday, June 06, 2013
Despite all that, The Internship boasts several charming moments and a number of honestly funny ones. In this "technology wins" and "always be the smartest person in the room" world we live in it’s not a bad thing to see a story where teamwork triumphs and relationships rule. Unlike Billy, we may not find our source of inspiration in Flashdance, but the "work hard and never give up" message still has merit. Sometimes nice guys come out on top, and here they earn their happy ending through hard work and playing well with others. It’s just a shame these good points are blurred through the haze of tasteless sexual content and tired comedic devices. Even so, The Internship is almost surely going to be a popular success. If you watch it, stick around for the "Googly" credits at the end; they’re about the most clever thing in the film.
- Drugs/Alcohol: Considerable drinking throughout; several characters get drunk. One is cheered on to drunkenness by friends at a bar. Older character offers to buy underage character alcohol.
- Language/Profanity: Considerable casual profanity sprinkled throughout. All the usual suspects make an appearance: sh**; da**, he**, fu**, as* often combined with “hole”, bit** (and sons of ), the Lord’s name taken in vain, several colorful references to body parts (di**, pu**y, and so on) and an obscene gesture or two.
- Violence: Some slapstick-style violence, also a prolonged bar fight and a few gut and groin punches. One character refers to physical abuse by parent (treated as a joke) and exhibits self-destructive behavior as punishment for perceived failures.
- Sex/Nudity: Crude sexual references (spoken and visual) throughout. Man refers to wife’s “new ti*s” which are later shown to full advantage in a bikini. Skimpy clothing worn by multiple females. One scene takes place at a club where scantily-clad women pole dance and men are shown receiving lap dances. Male character shown in bathroom dealing with effect of lap dance. It’s intimated that two unmarried characters spend the night together. A girl calls her virginity "embarrassing." A man asks his girlfriend if she’s leaving “because I’m too selfish in bed” and asks to touch her. A particularly revolting scene begins with a discussion of anal sex and ends with sleazy salesman touching customer in a highly inappropriate way. A girl complains "I wish my parents were gay." Two men shown in bed together, but not in a sexual situation (bed-sharing due to poverty, not sexual preference). Conversation around a character’s breastfeeding years longer than normal. Reference to female cartoon characters being "ravaged by octopus tentacles."
- Spiritual Themes: Underneath the smut is a rather nice message about not giving up on yourself or your team. Also a clear message that selfishness doesn’t pay and it’s best to treat everyone with respect, even those you don’t perceive as important.
Publication date: June 6, 2013
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