Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
We were in the mood for some laughs and so we began searching for a fun comedy to watch at home. As it turns out, a movie that we had seen promos for in the theater was no available for rental. And so it was that we watched The Intern, starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway.
Seventy-year-old widower and retired phone directory company executive Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) has discovered that he is bored with his daily routine. With no one to share it with, his life has become mundane. He is looking for some excitement and a chance to feel needed again. And then he sees it - an ad searching for senior interns to work at About the Fit, a Brooklyn-based fast-growing e-commerce fashion startup.
Thanks to a charming video and excellent interview results, Ben is accepted as an intern to the company's founder Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway). As founder of the company, Jules likes to keep track of every aspect of the business, even answering customer service calls to maintain a healthy relationship with her consumers. Unfortunately, that means she is juggling every aspect of a very busy career, along with her home life which includes a stay-at-home husband (Anders Holm) and young daughter (JoJo Kushner).
Things start to come to a head when Jules' investors begin pressuring her to take a step back and find a more experienced CEO to run the company. Taking her hands off of the reins of a business she not only started, but is emotionally invested in is not an easy task for Jules. What if the new CEO doesn't have the same vision for her company as she does? And yet, having someone else running the company would give her more time to spend with her family, especially now that she is certain that her husband is cheating on her.
So, it goes without saying that Jules is none to pleased at the fact that she has just been saddled with an intern. But once she gets to know Ben and sees all of the advantages to having him around, Jules begins to lighten up, accepting him as both a co-worker and a friend. And Ben truly enjoys being back in the business world, especially when he can help show off some of his business savvy and everyday work ethic to the new generation of workers (Adam DeVine, Andrew Rannels and Zack Pearlman).
The more friendly they become, the more Ben realizes that it would be a mistake for Jules to give up her position at the company, but will her hope of saving her marriage cause Jules to make a decision that will haunt her for the rest of her life?
I'm not a huge fan of Robert De Niro, but I have to admire his comedic timing in this film. De Niro and Hathaway play off each other perfectly. The characters are so enjoyable that you find yourself rooting for their success throughout the film. And laughing! There are some really funny scenes in this film. Most notable is the scene in which the interns break in to Jules' mother's (Mary Kay Place - only heard and never seen) home to delete a potentially damaging email Jules accidentally sent her. Whatever could go wrong in this seen does with great hilarity.
Sure, the movie is predictable in a sense, but I found it to be rather enjoyable and uplifting. I think it sends some great messages out to the audience. For the men - chivalry is not dead and never should be and a professional look is key to feeling successful, much less looking successful. For the women - you can be a success at whatever you set your mind to as long as you are willing to work at it. For both - never let someone make you feel you are beneath them; never let them pigeonhole you into some stereotype of what they think you are supposed to be.
To sum it up, The Intern is a feel good movie with a realistic plot, good writing, excellent chemistry between the cast and great comedic moments throughout. I really enjoyed the film and it was just what the doctor ordered for a day in which I needed a good laugh.