Internet Week Goes Mainstream with ‘The Internship’ Screening

By Devon Glenn 

Actor Josh Brener joined the legion¬†of camera crews that lined the hallways leading to the theater at last night’s Internet Week screening of “The Internship” in New York City, where everyone was anxious to see how a group of early adopters would react to the film.

“The Internship” stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as a couple of unemployed salesmen who decide to take an internship at Google, where they’ll compete with a group of college students (including “Teen Wolf” star Dylan O’Brien) for a full-time job at the famed tech company. Brener, who¬†introduced himself at the screening as the “least famous person in the movie,” played the nerd with the heart of gold who gives the salesmen their big break.

Without spoiling the plot ahead of the film’s release on June 7, the movie was campy and funny with some very authentic moments where small business owners and other non-engineers try to interact with Google’s technology. Much like the 80’s TV series reboot “21 Jump Street,” the interns in this film who used to be the cool kids were suddenly the underdogs in a competition where nerds have an advantage.

How anyone managed to coax the actors through a “Revenge of the Nerds”-style comedy while spouting the merits of myriad Google products is a testimony to the filmmakers’ skills — a highlight was the moment that Vaughn and Wilson try to field Google’s dreaded interview question about being shrunk down to the size of a nickel and stuck in a blender.

Audience members wearing Internet Week badges around their necks cheered for Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s cameo and laughed at the Google references, which were not so obscure that they couldn’t be, you know, Googled.

The real world may still be warming up to the virtual one, as this film illustrates well, but there’s something universal about lining up for a light summer comedy on one of the first hot days of spring in New York City.

Outside in the lobby, there was a mirror for taking “selfies” with “The Intern” logo between to two cardboard posters of the stars, and a long line of viewers who were waiting to be interviewed for a commercial to promote the film.

Inside the theater, photography and smartphones were still not allowed.