Written and Directed by: Nancy Meyers
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Robert DeNiro, Rene Russo, Anders Holm, JoJo Kushner, Adam DeVine
It would be easy to write off The Intern as a vacuous comedy based on the trailer, but that would be selling the movie far short. I had no desire to see this movie, but was pleasantly surprised by the film.
Robert De Niro stars as Ben, a bored retired widower who has tried out several “hobbies” and concludes that it is not the route he wants to continue. Ben has a solid background in business and lands a job at a successful internet company specializing in all things fashion. Ben is assigned to a team supervised by Jules (Anne Hathaway), the company’s CEO and owner.
Ben is old school, insisting on wearing suits when all the hipsters surrounding him appear to be slumming in the clothing department – untucked t-shirts, jeans and tennis shoes. He still believes that any gentlemen should carry a handkerchief, and he pulls his (vintage, according to his coworkers) briefcase out of storage to tackle his new job.
Initially Jules is dismissive of Ben. He makes her uncomfortable because he just might see her vulnerable side. Jules has Ben transferred to another team, but quickly realizes that he was an indispensable team member.
There are several things this movie gets right. Thank god there is no hint toward Ben and Jules… it would have completely ruined the movie. The Intern pairs De Niro with an age appropriate love interest. I can get a May-December romance by watching any action movie. It doesn’t belong here. Jules looks to Ben for advice and sees him as a mentor, seeking advice for her business and home life with her stay at home husband.
Although The Intern is ultimately a comedy, it touches on some more serious notes, particular Jules’s guilt about being a successful work mom. The stay at home moms judge Jules and are snippy when Jules drops her daughter off for school. Director and writer Nancy Meyers has a solid take on the dilemma Jules has to face.
I also appreciated the fact that the movie doesn’t devolve into a “fish out of water” premise. That would have been the easier way out. Instead of relying on cheap comedy, The Intern practices restraint and only partially relies on this device. The movie also has a strong supporting cast, including Rene Russo, Zack Pearlman, Anders Holm, Andrew Rannells and Adam Levine.
The Intern is a great date movie. The people at the screening I went to loved the movie. Guys, if you are often coerced to go to movies you really don’t want to see, pretend you are completely put out but will sacrifice to see this movie, and then secretly enjoy it. – Shannon