The Intern, a new release which premiered September 25th, is a thoroughly modern tale with an old school twist. Written and directed by Nancy Meyer, the movie tells the story of Ben Whittaker (played by Academy and Golden Globe Awards winner Robert De Niro), a 70-year old widowed retiree with entirely too much time on his hands.
Enter About the Fit, a new e-commerce fashion company that has grown in leaps and bounds in the short time it has existed, with a new “Senior Intern” program. Not senior in high school, not senior in college; no, they mean senior. As in the discount, as in over 65 years of age.
Now, I’m sure many of us are aware of how difficult it is to get an internship, all requiring substantial experience and a host of skills. Former executive Ben most certainly has experience; skills – especially computer related ones – not so much.
The movie follows Ben as he adapts to his new position as intern to company CEO Jules Ostin (played by Academy and Golden Globe Awards winner Anne Hathaway) a smart, hard-working, and passionate woman struggling to balance her home life – which consists of a young daughter and a floundering relationship with her husband – and her professional one, in which investors are pushing for Jules to hand over the reins as CEO to an outside, more experienced party.
The movie is lighthearted and poignant in turn – a hilarious home break-in scene involving a wrongly sent email, references to bad spy movies, overdramatic panicking, and bumbling interns is offset by a heart wrenching emotional breakdown pertaining to the desire to both maintain a relationship as well a company. Ben and Jules learn to trust and rely on each other, the senior’s time-earned knowledge and level-headedness a good balance to the younger’s eager and driven spirit.
A perfect movie for both those of older and newer generations, The Intern is probably one of the most purely enjoyable films I’ve seen recently. It was not ranked so highly by critics, earning a 59% on Rotten Tomatoes with an average of 5.7/10, and a 51 out of 100 on Metacritic – though Richard Roeper gave it an A- rating while the Guardian attributed its low ratings to the overwhelming number of male vs female critics.
I recommend The Intern to anyone looking for an enjoyable, captivating distraction. It even comes with a happy ending.
I rate this movie: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Isabel Stone, Staff Writer