I wish Taxi Driver was my grandpa.
New Nancy Myers outing, The Intern, is a feel good affair. There is no denying that you will smile you face sore. Robert De Niro as a sweet chivalrous fish out of water who fits better than anyone could imagine is lovable and holds together a plot that is paper thin.
The Intern see’s Ben (De Niro) as a widowed and bored mature age intern heading into an online clothing company About The Fit, an expanding start up run by slightly neurotic Julia (Anne Hathaway). The normal beats are there as the pair size each other up with minimal tension and enough humorous circumstance and backstory exposition. As About The Fit looks to be out of Julia’s hands, Ben must help guide his new boss through the challenges life throws at you. Through the story we are given social commentary about marriage, chivalry and sexual equality in the workplace, but we really only skim the surface and the ending may throw up a few questions as well.
Hathaway puts in another quality performance while De Niro steals the show with a different side of his personality that we regularly see. Surrounding the headliners are a crew of young fresh vibrant faces from your favourite TV show (I heard “Oh it’s them from that” a few times) who help De Niro along with the comic relief and fill the background. I would specifically request Anders Holm doesn’t try and play serious, but as a stay at home dad he is very likable. Hathaway struggles at points with a character that is very two dimensional and its De Niro who really shines as he guides growth around him while maintaining an elegance and charisma that is infectious to watch.
The script is underdeveloped and the decision to stick with the par course means this film is unlikely to warrant repeat viewing, deeper analysis or award contention, but that’s really not the point. The Intern exists as a fun feel good movie. You will smile, laugh and feel a little bit as well, but at the end of it you will walk out and probably keep smiling for a while.