Starting a new job can be a difficult challenge, especially if you’re already retired. Looking to get back into the game, 70 year old widower Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) seizes the opportunity to become a senior intern at an online fashion site. Ben soon becomes popular with his younger co-workers, including Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), the boss and founder of the company. Whittaker’s charm, wisdom and sense of humor help him develop a special bond and growing friendship with Jules.
Director: Nancy Meyers/ Running time: 2h 1m
It has been a long time since I have been this charmed by a movie. Although I am a fan of both De Niro and Hathaway’s work, I didn’t really intend to see this movie when it was released in theaters last Fall (September 25, 2015) as we used to say, it was a renter. However one Sunday afternoon Hubby and I were looking for something to do and decided on going to the movies. This was our best option at the time.
When people think of Robert De Niro, they usually associate him with tough guy, gangster roles or gritty crime films. Well make no mistake he is nothing if not a master at his craft, so he can do comedy and drama as well and I’m not referring to Meet the Parents (in my opinion he was the only redeeming part of it). Dispell all stereotypes because in The Intern he is warm, approachable and so very charming.
When we meet Ben we find out that he is a retired widower that has done everything he can to stay busy and relevant but still has a hole that no amount of tai chi in the park will fill. He comes across an ad for a senior internship at an online start-up and despite having zero experience in the tech world decides to give it a shot and apply.
Enter Hathaway. Anne Hathaway’s resume is also very impressive (Les Miserable, Interstellar, Alice in Wonderland and The Devil Wears Prada) and she shines alongside De Niro as Jules Ostin, mega successful owner and founder of About the Fit. She is so overwhelmed with her overnight success, she isn’t even aware they have a senior internship program, until she is assigned Ben as her intern.
As the film develops so does Ben and Jules’ relationship. They have such great on screen chemistry and in addition to these powerhouse stars there is a fabulously talented supporting cast (Rene Russo, Adam DeVine, Anders Holm, Zack Pearlman and Nat Wolff to name a few) and they will have you laughing and crying throughout the movie.
The Intern truly was a beautiful film. Well written and directed. You will need the kleenex box close at hand for tears of laughter, joy and tragedy. As they say it really gets you in the feels. It was inspiring, thoughtful and very funny. Rarely do I leave a movie feeling happy, loving and thrilled to be alive, all at the same time. I Rate this movie a big fat A! The only reason I won’t give it an A+ is because nothing is that perfect. 😉
So please be like Ben and give it a shot! I promise you will not be disappointed.