Monday, October 5, 2015

The Intern

The Intern 2015 by Nancy Meyers
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On Friday I watched The Intern (2015) with my bottom girl Sarah. We didn't really know what was playing, but we decided to turn Decathlon run into a full-fledged cinema date. I have to admit that I was a little weary about our choice - I have had a bad experience with an internship-based movie before - but you can never go wrong with a bit of Robert De Niro (Meet The Fockers, Limitless, Silver Linings Playbook) and Anne Hathaway has certainly grown on me over the years, despite Anne Hathaway Syndrome. I can't lie: her rendition of Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball' on Lip Sync Battle had a lot to do with that. Major props to her for totally killing it.

The skinny

Jules Ostin (Hathaway) is the founder and CEO of About The Fit, a fast-growing e-commerce fashion startup. Ben Whitaker (De Niro) is a retired widow who goes out of his way to keep busy. When Jules agrees to a senior internship program, Ben applies and becomes her personal intern. After a while Ben, the seasoned, senior gentleman, becomes somewhat of a father figure within ATF, developing a great relationship with his coworkers and his boss. His experience and advice comes at just the right time for Jules, who is tasked with professionalizing the company and keeping her marriage afloat.

The review

The Intern is a pleasant little movie with a lot of sweetness and gentle comedy to it. At 121 minutes, it carries a bit too long for my taste, bearing down the comedic plot in the progress, but De Niro and Hathaway still do a great job of shedding light on the generational breach, the real problems people face in real life, work and frienship. It's touching, insightful and sweet, but don't expect any real conflict or bite. Director Nancy Meyers delivers decent, if forgettable, comedy that is harmless and comfortable as an old sweather. The perfect date movie!

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