Seventy-year-old widower Ben Whittaker 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.
A retired 70-year-old widower, Ben (played by Robert De Niro), is bored with retired life. He applies to a be a senior intern at an online fashion retailer and gets the position. The founder of the company is Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), a tireless, driven, demanding, dynamic workaholic. Ben is made her intern, but this is a nominal role - she doesn't intend to give him work and it is just window dressing. However, Ben proves to be quite useful and, more than that, a source of support and wisdom.Written by
In one scene, Robert De Niro's character is confused as to who Jay-Z is. This is an in-joke about the beef Robert De Niro and Jay-Z have had since 2012. See more »
You cannot spray for bed bugs, it doesn't kill them but tends to multiply them. (Ann Hathaway is on the phone in the car that De Niro is driving and the voice tells her they need to spend money to "spray for bed bugs".) Bed bugs are very hard to get rid of, typically a (very costly) heat treatment is what exterminators use. See more »
[Fiona is giving him a massage at his desk and is getting rather intimate]
I'm Fiona, the house masseuse. Love that there's another oldie but goodie here... How's that, Ben?
Oh, hmm, oh boy
[Hands him a newspaper to cover his lap]
Here you go... You're not as old as I thought you were.
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Sometimes you go to the theater, and you cringe at some of the previews, most of which are full of sex, violence, and an apocalyptic view of the world. It's hard to find a movie that is respectable and clean, with charm and wit, one that is suitable for thinking adults. "The Intern" is such a movie.
Robert DeNiro is superb. How a guy who played such ruthless characters in "Goodfellas" and "Taxi Driver" can pull off this avuncular gentlemen is a testament to his craft. His Ben Whittaker almost seems too perfect, but DeNiro brings a humanity that makes him eminently believable. Anne Hathaway does a fine turn as the Internet entrepreneur, and fleshes out well what could have been a cartoon character of the Übermom. The supporting cast supports wonderfully, giving the stars plenty of room to shine, not distracting from the story. And the plot never goes where it shouldn't, something that does happen in other, more cynical films.
So I would very highly recommend this film. It has some "legs," as evidenced by the fairly sizable audience given that it's in its sixth week of release. You know why? You'll leave the theater entertained and uplifted. And how often can you say that at the cinema these days?
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