The Intern (12A)
The Intern (12A)
Run time: 121 mins
Director: Nancy Meyers
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Robert De Niro, Rene Russo, Anders Holm, Reid Scott, Nat Wolff
Synopsis: Ben Whitaker, a 70-year-old widower discovers that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.
In this multi-generational comedy, directed and written by award-winning filmmaker Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated, 2009), Something’s Gotta Give 2003) The Holiday 2006), Robert De Niro (Taxi Driver, 1976), Raging Bull, (1980), Silver Linings Playbook, 2012) and Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables, 2012, The Devil Wears Prada, 2008) star together as an unlikely pair.
Recently widowed 70-year-old Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) becomes the world’s oldest intern when he discovers that retirement isn’t what he was hoping it would be. Frustrated at not having a job, he decides to become an intern at a cutting edge online fashion site located in the same building he worked in as old school and ‘old tech’ management The weirdness of this set-up is not lost on the company’s thirty-something CEO, Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), but after a while, both Ben and Jules begin to realise that each of them can learn something from the other.
In The Intern, De Niro stars as Ben Whittaker, a 70-year-old widower who has grown tired of retirement. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Hathaway).
With one of the more interesting on-screen pairings of recent years, De Niro and Hathaway develop great chemistry, and the themes of ageism and modern working in the digital age are timely.
The film’s multi-generational cast also features Rene Russo (Thor), Anders Holm (Workaholics), Andrew Rannells (Girls), Adam Devine (Pitch Perfect), Celia Weston (No Reservations), Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars), Linda Lavin (Wanderlust), Zack Pearlman (The Inbetweeners), newcomer Jason Orley, and Christina Scherer (Living with Uncle Charlie).
The Intern is an easy watch thanks to solid performances which only begin to flag a little in the second half.
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