Movie Review: The Intern


The Devil Wears Prada is one of my favorite Hathaway (and Streep) movies, so I found it ironic that in The Intern, Anne Hathaway is now running her own fashion website (in a weird way, it's kind of like a sequel of her Prada character). This movie was funnier than I thought it would be, but a little inconsistent at times; nonetheless, it's still worth seeing.

Jules Ostin (Hathaway) started her own fashion website startup only 18 months ago from her home, and now she has over 200 employees. The website starts a community outreach program of sorts, its Senior Internship Program, for people over 65, and 70-year-old Ben Whittaker (Robet De Niro) decides to apply; he's bored with retired life, and misses having a place to go during the day. He along with two other seniors are accepted, and he dives in to the world of technology and social media, with the help of some of the website's other employees (Adam DeVine, Zack Pearlman, to name a few). He's assigned as personal intern to Jules, who maintains that she doesn't need an intern (though her harried assistant proves otherwise), and she's very closed off to Ben at first. However, once she realizes that Ben has business world (as well as life) experience, he starts becoming more of a best friend than an intern, and she realizes she's able to count on him.

De Niro and Hathaway were both cute in this film. I just watched Pitch Perfect 2 on Blu-ray so it was fun to see Adam DeVine (Bumper) in this one, as well as Nat Wolff briefly, and Rene Russo, in supporting roles. I laughed more than I thought I would throughout, but it was also a little slow in parts. It was fun to see Hathaway in a different type of role, as well - she's done "chick flicks" before (although the movie is more like a hybrid, as it caters to both the older and younger generations), but not a role like this one.

Yes, see this film. I wasn't entirely happy with the ending, but I try to keep my reviews free of spoilers so I won't discuss it in detail here; I just thought it could have gone another way. The acting in this film was fun and it did remind me a bit of The Internship, with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, in that it dealt with interns that are older than the norm. This movie should do great at the box office since it will attract a variety of age groups, and the cast in the film all worked very well together, too.

The Intern is in theaters today, September 25th, and is rated PG-13 with a runtime of 121 minutes. 3.5 stars out of 5.

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