This scene isn't in the movie, but it
might have been fitting if "The Internship" had ended with stars
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson wearing ruby red shoes while clicking
their heels and dreamily whispering, "There's no place like Google;
there's no place like Google."
The new comedy depicts Google as corporate America's equivalent of the Emerald City from "The Wizard of Oz" - a colorful place where all the food is free, interesting people and gadgets loom around every corner and dreams can come true for people who think big enough, work hard enough and collaborate as a team to make it happen.
It's a nearly two-hour showcase for Google's idealistic culture and for a product line that's becoming deeply ingrained in people's technology-dependent lives.
"The Internship," which hit theaters Friday, will likely be a hit among Google-loving geeks and fans of feel-good flicks, especially people with an affinity for the riffing and mirthful chemistry between Vaughn and Wilson.
But the film may not create such warm and fuzzy feelings among Google critics who view the company as a self-interested bully that tramples over copyrights, intrudes into people's privacy and stifles competition by abusing its power as the Internet's main gateway.
All of these concerns have been the focal points of high-profile regulatory investigations and lawsuits. Yet none of that is raised in the movie, which revolves around a couple of 40-something guys who become clueless interns at Google after losing their jobs selling a product - wristwatches - supplanted by innovation.
The biggest misnomer about the movie revolves around Google's summer internship program. As the movie portrays, Google does indeed select about 1,500 elite college students from around the world to participate, but the film conjures an imaginary curriculum for the sake of entertainment.
Originally published by MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology Writer.
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