The Intern Movie Review

The Intern follows 70-year-old Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro), who after retirement and the passing of his wife, is looking for something to do with his time. He is looking for a purpose. Oddly enough, he stumbles upon an internship for senior citizens at a fashion website company, run by a woman named Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway). Once he starts, he discovers he is the personal intern to Jules, a woman people consider “impossible to work with.”

Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway in The Intern

Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway in The Intern

The film, written and directed by Nancy Meyers, falls on the chemistry between Hathaway and De Niro. Luckily, their chemistry hits almost instantaneously. They click as soon as their paths cross, their characters just don’t know it yet. The majority of the film is about new school and old school, the veteran and the rookie. A story that is nothing new to moviegoers, but it’s more about spending time with Jules and Ben. That’s what makes it enjoyable. De Niro almost feels like a life-long friend. A character you can trust and just like to be around. Jules is difficult at first, but we all know she is a big softie deep down. At least that’s what the trailer told us.

The light-hearted comedy does run about 120 minutes, about 30 minutes too long. This is another film that would have benefitted from a tighter edit, trimming the fat that makes is nearly overstay its welcome. There were even subplots that are mentioned, but never truly attended too. For instance, Jules mentions the issues with her mother numerous times in the picture. At one point, Ben and a few other colleagues have to break into her mother’s house to delete an email. It’s a scene that received huge laughs in my audience, me included. However, her mother never appears on screen. It seems all of that time is wasted for a character with only a few voice over lines.

So, instead of using that time for Jules’s mother, I would have them focused on a subplot that mattered. Ben begins a relationship with the in-office masseuse, Fiona played by Rene Russo. However, that relationship develops mostly off-screen. We see the initial moments together, but then The Intern returns its focus to Ben and Jules, allowing the relationship to fall in the background. Now, it isn’t a necessity. Their relationship was believable, but I just couldn’t figure why waste 15-minutes dedicated to the mother character that never goes anywhere when we could have seen more of this relationship develop. Nevertheless, the relationship works and isn’t the focus of the film, so I didn’t mind too much.

The Intern is a comedy that’s easy to enjoy. It is also a movie that people can easily pick apart, but I don’t see why they would. The movie has heart, it is kind, and will have you walking out of a theater with a smile. This movie isn’t trying to hammer an in-depth theme into the audience, or break barriers in cinematography, it just wants to be a good time. So, if the audience is willing, and they can uncross their arms, that’s what The Intern will be—a good laugh, maybe a good cry, but most of all, a good time.

2.5 out of 4 stars

-By Jacob Tiranno

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