Needing a feel-good, warm-fuzzies type of movie, we saw Nancy Meyers latest film, The Intern on Sunday afternoon.
PLOT- Ben Whittaker ( Robert De Niro) is a retired widower. His attempts at trying to keep busy with travel, hobbies, and visits with his grandchildren, have failed to fill a void in his life. He encounters a job notice seeking senior citizens for internships at a local internet fashion company. Ben is hired and assigned to the company founder, Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway). Jules has a reputation for being a controlling, distant workaholic. Ben slowly chips away at Jules' tough exterior, realizing that she a lot of issues threatening to destroy her happiness and the company that she has built.
LIKE- We needed a "warm-fuzzies" film and this did the trick. In typical Nancy Meyers fashion, this story is sweet, if not occasionally treacly. The casting of De Niro and Hathaway were perfect, They create a believable bond and they are a joy to watch. Ben is a highly likable character and it was entertaining to see him navigate this late-life career, both with his ability to impart knowledge, but also to learn new tricks. Ben has some nice bonding moments with the young interns. The Intern has a nice message about the value people have at every stage in their lives. I liked that the story is populated with essentially good people and that there is no major villain.
DISLIKE- I'm not sure if there was anything that I truly disliked. The Intern has a sweetness that some people might find false or off-putting, but personally, I find it nice to leave a film with a smile. This is a gentle movie with realistic situations and characters.
RECOMMEND- Yes. Dan and I both enjoyed The Intern. Admittedly, we were the youngest audience members by a good twenty-years, and this would have been exactly the type of movie my mom would have loved, but that doesn't mean that it didn't translate for a younger generation. The Intern doesn't need to be seen in theaters, but it's a worthy rental.