I’m going to be completely honest here — going into ‘The Intern,’ I expected to enjoy my two hours. Nancy Meyers gets me, and I’m a De Niro lover. But I didn’t expect the emotions that actually came out of it.
Feel good movie, check. A little bit of romance, check.
Good Great acting, check. What else can a girl ask for? The Intern is the complete package when it comes to a movie about balancing career, marriage, family, and yes, really growing up. Robert De Niro takes on the role of Ben, a 70-year-old widower who’s looking for something to do every day that will keep him busy and keep his mind stimulated (besides yoga.) Luckily, there’s a “senior internship” program going on at Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway)’s start up fashion e-commerce company.
Needless to say, CEO Jules isn’t too thrilled about getting an old man as her intern — she likes things done quickly, efficiently, and while she treats her employees respectfully, there just aren’t enough hours of the day (or enough employees). However, once she gets to know Ben and his personality — which includes protecting her safety, actually looking presentable for work, and never leaving before she does, she realizes she doesn’t only want Ben around for work, but she needs him — for everything.
With her marriage struggling due to her 24-hour work schedule, and her number two at work, Cameron (Andrew Rannalls) trying to convince her that someone else should be CEO, Jules gets caught between a rock in a hard place: remain the boss and able to really run things, but have someone above her to ultimately call the shots and relieve a lot of pressure? or continue being the CEO and being able to help everyone — with no time for sleep, her husband, her daugher, or any other aspect of a personal life.
When Ben enters, he’s ready to use his life experience and its unique connection to hers, to help her in anyway: whether it’s making sure she gets a good nap in, or keeping her mother from reading the accidental email she sent her, he’s there. Needless to say, with his personality, the office is completely changed for the better. Even the young coworkers, Jason (Adam Devine), Lewis (Jason Orly), and Davis (Zack Pearlman) are pleasantly surprised by their new friend who can, much to their surprise, teach them a hell of a lot.
Overall, Robert and Anne’s interaction is quippy, funny, and all-around relatable. I may or may not have cried and laughed at the same time, multiple times. Creator Nancy Meyers has done it again — The Intern was smart, fun and a perfect feel good movie for any season and any audience.
— Emily Longeretta