656. The Intern

656-the-internBackground info

Title: The Intern
Director: Nancy Meyers
Year: 2015
Run time: 2hrs 1m

“In “The Intern,” Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) is a 70-year-old widower who has discovered 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 (Anne Hathaway).”

Live blog

2:27 – Love him keeping himself busy! Cooking, languages, gardening, sounds good!
4:07 – Senior internship is a great idea.
5:45 – “I still have music in me.”
9:33 – I’m in love with Anne Hathaway’s character. I hope they don’t think she needs changing like they always do.
16:19 – Ooh, a new double punch fist bump.
21:58 – Bumper getting advice from Robert de Niro is amazing.
23:07 – Mr Congeniality.
28:38 – Love the whole office so far except the masseuse situation.
44:35 – Aww, she’s mean, transferring him just because he’s too nice.
47:27 – She used a bowl of sand or something to put out matches? Genius.
51:37 – “A chick site… And then I didn’t hear anything he said after that.”
1:02:07 – Ahh, it is hard to be overlooked, but her desk is soooo bad.
1:09:24 – I mean, we could all see the wrong email situation coming, but it’s still horrific!
1:14:31 – Getaway drivers in comedies are hilarious.
1:23:28 – She’s an awesome little kid, and I don’t say that often!
1:30:15 – Love that as a comment on someone. “You look like you’re slightly malfunctioning.”
1:38:27 – Monogamish.
1:41:02 – Scary sidebar!

Conclusions

This is such a lovely film. Simple, heartfelt and heavily character based, it really rolls along nicely. It’s surprising, really, that Robert de Niro’s character doesn’t have much to say other than “yes m’am, no m’am” but he can make such a difference to everyone’s lives.

I suspect the film won’t be to everyone’s tastes, particularly at the beginning. It’s very much about starting a new job and plenty of office-based conversations, so if you’re looking for a break from work, this might not be it.

But that’s what makes it resonate so well, they feel like real people doing real things and struggling to find a way to make it all work – to find that work/life balance we all crave. Loved it.

Rating: 4/5.

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