Nancy Meyers writes and then directs a really cute film about a senior citizen who goes back to work in the comedy, The Intern. Seventy-year-old widower, Ben Whitaker (Robert DeNiro) is bored with retirement so he answers an advertisement for an intern at an on-line clothing company. It seems the owner and founder, Jules Astin (Anne Hathaway) jokingly approved the senior intern program in a passing conversation. The next thing she knows, one of the new interns is assigned to her – and it’s Ben. The younger interns in the company of 250 employees love Ben and he even strikes up a romantic relationship with the staff massage therapist Fiona (Rene Russo). (Ben really enjoys dating a massage therapist but we won’t go there.) Ben begins to win Jules over with his kindness, consideration, and wisdom and she soon realizes Ben is a vital part of her company and her young family. I really enjoyed this story about an old timer and Robert De Niro played the part perfectly. The story is interesting, which is great if you’re blind and don’t want to keep up with action scenes and computer graphics. From the beginning up to the mid point of the film, I thought this is going to be a winner. Unfortunately, the last half of the film lost some of its steam. Then my brother leaned over and asked, “When does this movie get funny?” I quickly realized it had some humor but wasn’t laugh out loud funny. Even that would have been okay if the story could have kept its momentum – and my interest. The great thing is this isn’t a raunchy comedy so you can take your parents and even your kids. (Although, just like my brother, the kids may not think it’s amusing.) I’m afraid I will forget about this film in a month so I’m giving it a C+ rating.
This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA
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