The Intern follows retired widower Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) who applies for a senior citizen internship at a very successful online fashion company, ‘About the Fit’.
Bored with retirement Ben hopes that this internship will make him feel part of something again, a real reason to get up in the morning. Little does he know how much he will contribute to the lives of his new co-workers and CEO Jules Ostin(Anne Hathaway).
Impressed by his honest and heartfelt application video, Ben is called in for a personal interview. Quickly the generation gap becomes evident, with subtle jokes like “where do you see yourself in 10 years?” and “you mean when I am 80?” Despite the vast age difference, the entire office quickly warms up to this stylish silver-haired gentleman.
Every intern is assigned to a specific department, but Ben gets the founder and CEO of About the Fit – Jules Ostin. Jules is completely overworked and doesn’t recall approving the senior internship program, and coldly says she’ll email Ben if she needs him. Meanwhile, her assistant Becky is frantic under the heavy workload, but passing some of the work off to Ben seems unthinkable, as she wants to prove herself to Jules, who doesn’t notice.
Although the company has well surpassed their expectations, the success of the company hasn’t come without a price. Success at work means neglect at home. Investors pressure Jules to pass the position of CEO to another, as it appears that she is struggling. She is reluctant but meets with possible candidates to salvage her marriage.
Ben steps in one day to act as chauffeur after he catches her driver drinking. Ben knows the roads of Brooklyn better than anyone and quickly Jules become use to having him around. He has a comforting and soothing presence that she very much welcomes.
Although the script is rather mundane, you find yourself just enjoying this fictional man’s company. Meyers again comments of society’s perception of the role of women, especially a career driven woman. However, surrounding powerful women with stereotypical ‘manchild’ men isn’t fair and reflects badly on the feminist notion.
Some scenes contain moments of real honesty that harness sympathy and depth for the characters, but it doesn’t linger long enough for the viewer to tear up. The biggest enjoyment is a comical error on Jules’ part regarding a rude email sent to the wrong person. Intern unite – Ben, Jason (Adam DeVine), Davis (Zack Pearlman) and Justin (Nat Wolff) pull of a classic ‘heist’ that results in a couple of rounds at the bar and relaxed bonding. It ticks the boxes expected from a light comedy and has a lighthearted charm about it.
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures, Waverly Films
Written & Directed: Nancy Meyers
Cast: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Adam DeVine
Age Restriction: 7-9PGL
Running Time: 117 Mins