The Intern

2 h 1 min2015X-RayPG-13
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.
Nancy Meyers
Robert De NiroAnne HathawayRene Russo
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Andrew RannellsAdam DeVineNat WolffAnders HolmLinda LavinZack PearlmanJason OrleyChristina Scherer
Nancy MeyersSuzanne FarwellScott Rudin
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Mike Billington author of Murder in the Rainy SeasonReviewed in the United States on February 14, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A charming film with interesting things to say about life in the 21st Century
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Throughout my long career I watched bright young managers nudge older employees out the door for reasons that made little or no sense to me.
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."
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LPMarieReviewed in the United States on June 19, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
DeNiro Elegantly Leads This Charming Tale, Cast
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Robert DeNiro and Ann Hathaway: the contrast in between these wonderful actors' ages is such a great reminder of how two completely different eras of Hollywood can make a great film.

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.
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Wathan48Reviewed in the United States on April 12, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Two Thumps Up!
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There are some terrible reviews about this movie and I have no idea why. I absolutely loved this movie and that says a lot because I consider myself to be a fair critic of movies.

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.
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BrandiReviewed in the United States on September 20, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kind of movie that makes your day..
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The Intern .... The sweetest, most perfect And heart touching I have seen in a long time. Of course it helps that Robert De Niro is there but what a movie! This is what all movies should be.
Robert De Niro plays the perfect gentleman, the kind we don't see anymore. And every woman who sees the movie will fall a bit in love with him. Anne Hathaway perfectly plays the role of a successful entrepreneur, a working wife and mom who thinks about everything and everyone and still feels guilty about being a working woman, even after the perfect gentleman tells her He should not be the feminist amongst the two of them. Every working woman will identify with her inner struggles. The story is perfect, with the perfect practical ending, as life is always more practical than idealistic. The small touches like the housewives who look down upon the working mom and make her feel guilty (I have seen many of those), the successful aggressive entrepreneur's fear of hurting her mom, the stay-at-home dad's end-of-day exhaustion that the working mom does not really understand and the young boss' discomfort with her elderly intern... All so real. There's an idea here which I spoke about long back... The huge talent pool of retired people nobody is willing to hire. The intern's wisdom and practicality brings a calm and peace to the busy boss' life. There's a lesson here for us all here. Look at our elders and learn from them. Stop a while in your busy life to get more out of it.
Loved the movie, hope everyone of my generation sees it.
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Julie RansomReviewed in the United States on August 27, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Pretty Cliche and Formulaic
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This is an assemble of stereotypical, yet unrealistic two dimensional characters. It tries to be fresh and creative but isn't. Jules is portrayed as a person w the rep of being "difficult" but is shown as being perfect. She never gets mad, she solves every problem, the only conflict she has is with her mom, this disembodied voice on a phone. You never learn why they don't get along, which would have been an interesting subplot.
Along comes Robert DiNiro. He's also perfect, and charming, and even though he's clearly a fish out of water at this start-up, never shows it. His only conflict is w the pushy neighbor that has the hots for him played by Valerie Harper, who is one of the most interesting characters, albeit just a cameo.
The movie, I don't know, is supposed to show that a woman can be strong but is pressured to need help because the big, bad VC investors say it's so? As for Jules' husband, I could see that trainwreck happening a mile away. Why do couples feel as though they have to choose between work and a career? You don't have to, especially if you have boatloads of money. Get help in the office and at home. Each parent can flex his/her hours to spend dedicated time w the daughter.
You can't expect a person who is rising in their career go full stop and become a nanny and personal assistant and not have that spouse feel resentment that's going to result in some issue. So it was no surprise when that happened.
It does suck that we continue to live in a society where women leaders can be perceived as bitches and not strong and powerful. But living well is the best revenge, rather than wallow in what people might think of you, show people that women, as well as men, can be breadwinners, hold down powerful jobs, and be a good parent.
I guess it would have been too cliched that in Jules' search for a CEO, she's got a perfect mentor standing in front of her: Robert DiNiro's character. His character seemed comfortable playing chauffer and nanny but I would have appreciated a talk between the 2 of them about how he could help her company by acting in an advisory capacity, or as a COO and should could be CEO.
I've been executive director of 2 different nonprofits and have owned my own company for 13 years. When I see movies with plotlines like this, I just have to shake my head. Business owners have to be tough sometimes, and Jules' character was shown as a problem solver, but you never saw her actually get tough. She was the one who saved the bride whose gowns arrived in the wrong color. But you don't see her having the conversation w the vendor who clearly effed up the order for this as well as who knows how many other orders.
If you want to see a movie w Anne Hathaway and De Niro, it has its charming moments. But it's a confection, a puff piece not even close to the reality of running a business as a woman.
WAReviewed in the United States on January 6, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
I expected The Devil Wears Prada 2
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This movie was an interesting surprise. I was initially expecting an off the wall sequel to The Devil Wears Prada because the star is Anne Hathaway (who plays Jules) and she is the President of a fashion company. Robert DeNiro did a fantastic job as a senior seeking more out of life while wanting to give back. There are a few companies today that are keen on hiring seniors. Seniors are reliable, they have customer service etiquette, they are prompt, focused and they don't require benefits because that's covered in their retirement package. (Some seniors... The lucky ones.) While watching this movie, I wondered if more companies would be willing to hire senior interns. The supporting actors were a good fit for their roles. I did not understand the role played by Jules mother and how her mother ended their telephone conversations. I kept waiting for a reference to Prada. Instead,, the movie twists and allows the audience to see Jules' vulnerability. I the ending was so bad, I totally forgot how it ended. Overall, this was a good movie and I would recommend it, but, an alternate ending is warranted.
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EricReviewed in the United States on December 1, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
I love this sweet movie about a man that charms everyone he encounters.
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I had seen the film before. It is a super powerful film. But, it sneaks up on you.
Like too many people do, they ignore or dismiss seniors & don't engage with them. This movie is about a guy that you assume does not have anything going for him, even the other characters in the film do this. But he gently perseveres among them and gently earns their respect, admiration, all while building sweet relationships with others and building a beautiful life for himself. And Thus, he surprises and charms the movie goer too.

This is not a John Wick or Jason Bourne movie with a lot of gratuitous killing of dozens of people in every room, fights, breaking things, guns and shooting, and running around panting a lot.

This film move at a real life pace, has real life situations, about a gentleman charmer. He proves to everyone, life is not over because you are a senior, you can build a new and better life after a loss too.

I highly recommend this film to:
Youth -that they learn to engage and SEE seniors.
& to:
Seniors, to remember you have so much to gently offer and teach young people.
TJ EptReviewed in the United States on July 4, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best movies I have ever seen.
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I am an action-comedy film sort of guy. I am a young adult male, and I saw this in the comedy section, and I decided to buy/watch this. I love De Niro and figured it would be a hilarious movie. I was wrong. It was something much better, and I am glad it wasn't a straight up comedy, but rather an inspiring, feel good movie. I finished the movie, and I learned a life-lesson. I need to be more like he was in this movie. A loving gentleman, who works hard, and who always does his best to do what is right, and help whoever he can regardless of the circumstances. To me, it just taught me a lot of how I need to be with friends, and how I need to carry myself in my everyday life. I would not have watched this film had I known it was more of an inspiring/feel good movie. I am generally not in to that sort of thing. However, this movie is one of the best I have ever seen, and I am glad I bought it. There were many cute funny moments, but overall, this movie is a message of how gentleman should treat everyone, and ladies in general. This movie shows chivalry is not dead. I can't say enough about it but to say thankyou to whoever wrote this script and casted these two wonderful people for the roles.
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