A heartwarming and hilarious tale of an unlikely friendship.
The Intern is the latest film by director Nancy Meyers, who also brought us The Parent Trap, What Women Want and The Holiday– some of my personal favourite films. The Intern also stars Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway, both of whom I adore. Needless to say, I was extremely excited to see this film and it did not disappoint. Similar to other films by Meyers, it has a cheery and fun atmosphere underpinned by serious elements of drama.
The film follows 70 year old widower Ben Whitaker (De Niro) as he begins a new chapter of his life working as a senior intern at a thriving internet company run by Jules Ostin (Hathaway). Despite Ostin’s initial hesitation, the two form a connection and become not just boss and intern but also friends. Alongside several very funny moments, there are more serious aspects of the film. We see the struggle Jules faces trying to juggling a busy job and a home life, while Ben’s storyline shows the sadder aspects of growing old and loosing friends and loved ones. However, the majority of the film is a heartwarming and emotional, feel-good film which will leave viewers with a smile on their face.
The Intern also benefits greatly from an excellent soundtrack which matches every scene perfectly. The casting choices were perfect in my opinion. Although the production team had originally been considering Tina Fey (later Reece Witherspoon) and Michael Caine, the chemistry between Hathaway and De Niro worked so brilliantly in the film that it is difficult to imagine anyone else in the roles. The other roles were also extremely well cast, especially Adam Devine as the dorky but lovable Jason, Christina Scherer as Ostin’s overworked secretary Becky and the frankly adorable JoJo Kushner as Osin’s daughter Paige.
Critically, the film has gotten mixed reviews, with many critics finding it too saccharine or mundane but audiences seem to be loving it. So, if you’re looking for a fun and entertaining comedy film with a good, emotional storyline, The Intern is the film for you!
Director: Nancy Meyers
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Robert De Niro
Running Time: 121 minutes