By Erin Keating
The Intern, written and directed by Nancy Meyers, is as fresh as it is funny. What else should we expect from the brain who gave us It’s Complicated, Something’s Gotta Give, and What Women Want? In a sea of movies that are based on books, real life, TV shows, or other movies, it seems like there isn’t an original screenplay out there anymore, which is why I say thank God for The Intern.
In addition to breaking the remake trend, the title itself plays with our movie expectations as well. Don’t walk into The Intern thinking that you will see someone in the same boat as you stressing over a first internship at the start of their career. The movie follows Robert DeNiro as Ben, a retiree who is having a hard time staying retired. He accepts a position in as a senior-citizen intern in a fashion company started by Jules, played by leading lady Anne Hathaway.
The age gap between Ben and his boss, as well as the other interns, results in delightful jokes about Facebook, technology, and other things we expect to go over the heads of older folk. However, DeNiro isn’t only the butt of jokes – he is the heart and soul of the movie. Older and wiser, he finds a way to offer sage advice to every character in the movie. If you don’t tear up while he is encouraging Hathaway, you might need to check and make sure you still have a pulse.
Between the great on-screen antics – Ben and the gang breaking into Jules mother’s house to delete an unintentionally sent email, for instance – The Intern starts a great conversation about modern business women. Even though Jules started her company from the ground up, the investors want her to hire a new CEO to take over, because they don’t believe she can handle the work. The moms at her daughter’s school loathe her success and passive-aggressively tell her she can buy guacamole for the class fiesta lunch because she probably won’t have time to make it from scratch. Her husband, who gave up his job to be a stay-at-home dad is torn between supporting her, and just wanting things to return to the status quo. Against all of this, Jules tries to keep a handle on her company while Ben, a seventy-year-old man, emerges as one of the most supportive and believable feminists on screen today.
Go for the laughs, go for the sniffles, go to see Anne Hathaway and Robert DeNiro, or go for the great conversation you will have after it. But for whatever reason you go, just go see The Intern.