Friday, May 9, 2014

What's your Googliness Level? - The Internship (Movie Review)

Alright, finally gonna do another movie review! This time, it's a rather old movie that I was supposed to watch before but never got the chance to, and now I just saw it on TV (Star Movies).

For those who think this is a random office-setting movie, you're wrong. Heck, it's not even an office: it's a playground for minds with so-called "Googliness" - yep, we're talking about Google Headquarters - Googleplex.

What's "The Internship" all about? 

Two unemployed salesmen who "know jack shit about coding" took the opportunity to be interns at that search engine company (Google), despite being called "oldies who always make obscure 80's references", most of which I actually don't get, since I'm a 90's kid (though I love how they include the songs "Flashdance/What a Feeling" and "Ironic" which are awesome songs).

Because they're technologically impaired, they, uh, of course, became instant laughing stocks at the internship program, up to the point that almost no one actually respects them. But despite that, they showed premise, studied hard and had the ability to think outside of the box, unlike the college students with book-based knowledge and only reasoning with the standards and norms of reality. 

Moral Lessons

There are many moral lessons that could be learned from this film - so many that I have to separate each of them into sections.

Respect old people. 


Though they're not as good as you with new technology, they know proper approach on things because they've been through years of experiences you haven't gone through yet.

Don't trust people at first sight.


There's this asshole guy with a British accent who, at first, was quite kind to them but suddenly becomes the rival of our two unlikely heroes. He's a self-centered genius who's always ahead of everyone in the competition, but fails to work well with his teammates. There's also a spoiler character reveal in the end that will change your point of view about Google and internship programs.

Different people have different stories.


In the team where our two guys end up in - "Lyle's team", you'll see a lot of stereotypical characters, in which their unlikely seniors were able to unite as a team in the end:
  • the team captain (a Google manager) who has a rather odd way of speaking
  • a random geek glued to his smartphone (a lot of people can relate to him)
  • a fashionable diva who's also into anime/cosplay (and even explains to them what the heck hentai is, LOL)
  • a reserved and conservative Asian guy who most probably went under very strict parenting as if he had no freedom other than studying (though he's bound to "let it go" later in the film, don't worry)

Not all companies have boring, real-world atmospheres.


Google is one of these companies, because their HQ is almost literally a children's theme park - for the reason that their core value is "Googliness" or the ability of a person to be unique, think beyond the walls and search for better solutions to connect with people, even without sticking to conventional methods.

Anything can be learned.


Even though the two guys aren't really well-versed in computers, they worked and studied as hard as they can so they don't let their teammates down and achieve their goal of a job in Google. 

Don't be afraid of mistakes.

There's one spoiler moment when a team member makes a wrong move, but this doesn't stop them to push harder, even at the very last challenge in their internship program.

Change is hard to fight.


The modern world, which consists of the Internet, smartphones, tablets, WiFi and other techie stuff sometimes divide us, so we're afraid. The two guys got unemployed because their company (that sells watches) got bankrupt because watches were replaced by phones (I mean, who doesn't check the time with phones nowadays?).

But in the end, they learned that there's nothing they can do with change, and the best way is to embrace it and make good things out of it, such as enhance their business/public relation skills, since they were former salesmen. 

Think outside of the box.


This is the most important lesson of the film - we should learn how to live without having to think "oh, customers might not be pleased with my standards..." or "what if the company rejects my standards?" - we should tell them our own approach, if it's better and can changes lives, even if it's not the normal way to get things done.

Most of us nowadays only "go with the flow", but these two 80's heroes didn't - they know how to have "Googliness" inside of them and let it all out. It's that one thing that most of us forget because we're too busy sucked into reality and living up to people's expectations.

In the end, life is short, so we should do what we want to do and be what we want to be, regardless of challenges like money, expectations and knowledge.

Remember that the cold never bothered Queen Elsa anyway.


Like most underrated films I've watch that teach unlikely wisdom and have different standards from box-office hits (e.g. Sucker Punch, Carrie 2013, Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story, and much more), The Internship may have received shitty, negative reviews from acclaimed "elitists" whose only objectives in life focuses on putting people and their efforts down, but these kinds of movies are the ones that should be in the limelight, for me.

They not only change our point of view as "stereotypical humans" who do nothing but follow the trend and stay inside of our boxes, but also make us more open-minded to the possibilities that we, too, can unleash our "Googliness" and find our true purpose in life - lightyears away from being a random employee working on a job you don't even love. Remember the Confucius saying:
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."
People in their 40s or more who are still studying or taking up college courses should watch this, as well as the generation of graduates today (and companies/employees as well), so they'll learn lessons in life that can't be learned in school or be searched on Google. Overall, I definitely recommend The Internship to everyone - programmer or not, because the values that can be learned from this movie are just too good to miss out.

A big +1 for this one. :D

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