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Intern, The (DVD)
In “The Intern,” Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) is a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway).]]>
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Those of us that weren't ushered out often found ourselves underutilized.
"You've put in the time, fought the good fight, now it's time for you to relax a little," one manager said when I told him I'd like to be doing more. "Let the kids run around like crazy people."
That sounded a little nuts to me: I was on the job, after all, and getting paid but felt like I wasn't really earning my salary.
Until, that is, a crisis developed and it quickly became apparent that "the kids" didn't have the experience to handle it. Suddenly, those of us with more than a little gray in our hair were called in to fix things.
Perhaps that's why I enjoyed this movie about an older man who, bored with retirement, decides to apply for a job as a "senior intern" at an up-and-coming Internet-based company. A widower, he is still a vibrant human being with lots to offer younger managers and employees although, at first, his new boss just doesn't seem to get that. It takes a while but, ultimately, she learns that - as the movie's tag line notes - "experience never gets old."
With a cast headed by A-Listers Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway, "The Intern" is a charming movie with some underlying messages that make it not simply a pleasure to watch but also a film that makes you think.
Those are the best kinds of films, in my opinion.
Written and directed by Nancy Meyers, "The Intern" is not your typical romantic comedy. No sparks fly between DeNiro's and Hathaway's characters. Instead, what does happen is a lot more interesting: Over the course of the film they develop a mutual respect for one another and, surprisingly, become friends. In a world in which movies that feature bondage and domineering men become blockbusters, "The Intern" is not only more realistic than the sexually charged films that people line up to see these days, it's also very refreshing.
This movie has been reviewed thousands of times so I'm not going to dwell on the plot twists or any of the technical aspects of "The Intern." I will say that Meyers' direction is flawless and her writing demonstrates a real understanding of people from different generations and how they interact with one another. I'll also add that her decision to cast Renee Russo - still one of the most beautiful women in the world - as a potential love interest for DeNiro's character was inspired.
My point is simply this: If you're looking for a charming movie that features interesting characters and has some equally interesting things to say about life in the 21st Century, I highly recommend "The Intern."
We meet DeNiro's character, pushing 70, navigating retirement as a widower, dodging widows intent on getting their hooks into him, quietly resigned to visit more funerals for friends rather than business luncheons with them in his remaining days. On a whim, he applies to be a "senior" intern at a local tech startup in his Brooklyn neighborhood. Why not?
After enduring several predictable interview gags about his age and future goals, he gets the job. As elegantly as ever, DeNiro shows up on time, neat as a pin, ready for work, without one feather ruffled. The rest of the (younger, hipper) team members are overwhelmed daily in chaotic tech "startup mode," and, of course, overlook the Senior Intern's most stellar qualities-- that he can handle any problem, tech or no tech, make it look easy, and still look great at the end of the day.
The sweet revelation in this film is what Baby Boomers already know: 1) the world of work has not really changed; only the tools have changed; and 2) a quality hire (and their hard earned wisdom) never "age out" of the system. They always bring value to the table. Ann Hathaway, as the beleagered boss of the startup, learns this with DeNiro, who is a true delight.
While the moral of the story is lightly woven throughout, it's not too over the top, making this is a worthwhile film for viewing.
Robert De Niro plays his character well and he brings about his comedic side in a very pleasant way.
I'm not going to spoil it for anyone that hasn't seen the movie, so don't expect me to divulge anything specific from the movie. Having said that, I will say that Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro worked very well together and I assure you that you will get plenty of laughs throughout the movie and maybe a tear or two by the end.
It's a heartfelt movie that will warm your heart and fill your living room with laughter. I wouldn't recommend for young children due to some sexual references and occasional language, but definitely a lot cleaner than most movies out these days.