After a long while of being retired, Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) decides that it is time to get back into the working world. He is a 70-year-old widower who tries to keep himself busy by traveling to see his son and grandchildren, yoga classes and anything else that can take his mind off of boredom and heartache. While searching on the internet, Ben comes across the opportunity to become a senior intern at an online fashion site. Ben is quickly loved by the hiring people and is immediately hired as an intern. The young workers begin to love Ben and he becomes very popular in the office. After being assigned to Jules Austin (Anne Hathaway), the founder of the company, Ben and Jules start to form somewhat of a father, daughter relationship. Ben helps Jules with everything including her daughter, husband, you name it. It starts to seem like this is something the two of them may really need.
Robert De Niro has been known recently for being in relatively crappy movies. Yes, this is one of those movies that you can tell he did for money, but it actually was not all that bad. I was very surprised by how much I actually enjoyed this movie. The whole movie is pretty much just happy and that’s what director, Nancy Myers was aiming for and she succeeded. This is just like the rest of her movies. Everything is happy all the time and then when shit hits the fan in Hathaway’s personal life, everything gets better again. This is absolutely one of those movies and it does not bother you for a second. I am not particularly a fan of Myers, but I have to give the credit when it is deserved.
Did Robert De Niro stop caring after the 1990’s? This is a question that many people will ask and the answer can be both yes and no. When you watch movies like this, it seems like he may actually have something left in him to give some good roles, but then when you watch movies like Little Fockers, you say, alright De Niro what the hell? He showed me personally that he still cares and wants to be a good actor again. I’ll be anxious to see how his next movie turns out. As for Anne Hathaway, you know what you get from her. Is it another role like Les Misérables? Certainly not, but she does give a solid, funny and entertaining performance in this movie. She is just one of those actors that you usually get a pretty decent performance out of.
My favorite thing about this movie was the character development that we see. That is always something important and movies like this sometimes steer away from doing that, but that is what Myers did right here. When the drama kicked in, it was really interesting, when the comedy kicked in, it was entertaining. This is just a movie that is very much worth checking out because what you normally get from a movie like this is dull and uninteresting writing, poor acting and ridiculous plots that are just plain awful. I can gladly say that The Intern gives us much more than that and is something that everyone can enjoy.
Overall, The Intern is no masterpiece by any means, but it definitely worth checking out. With solid performances from De Niro and Hathaway, we get a really happy and entertaining flick.