Review The Intern (2015) by David Heyman StudioCanal

The Intern

The Intern is a 2015 American buddy comedy film directed, written and produced by Nancy Meyers.

The film stars Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, and Rene Russo, with supporting performances from Anders Holm, Andrew Rannells, Adam DeVine, and Zack Pearlman.

The plot follows a 70-year-old widower who becomes a senior intern at an online fashion website, where he forms an unlikely friendship with the company’s workaholic CEO.

The film was released on 25 September 2015 by Warner Bros. It received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $194 million worldwide.

Seventy-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (DeNiro), a retired executive from DEX One, applies to fill the newly conceived position of senior intern, after retirement has become too boring for him.

He applies to About The Fit, a fast-growing e-commerce fashion startup in Brooklyn.

Founder and CEO Jules Ostin (Hathaway) had previously agreed to a community outreach program where seniors would intern at the firm. Ben impresses everyone and is one of four hired.

Ben is assigned to work with Jules, who is somewhat skeptical at first. Initially frozen out by her, Ben slowly wins over co-workers with his congeniality and gets into Jules’s good graces.

He also helps numerous employees with their tasks.

Ben heads to work one day extra early to organize a messy desk that Jules had complained about previously.

After work, Ben notices Jules’s chauffeur drinking,
convinces the driver to leave and drives Jules home himself,
a role he retains in days to come.

Ben eventually reveals that he once worked in the very same building where About The Fit is now based.

He develops a romantic relationship with the in-house massage therapist, Fiona, and becomes something of a father figure to several of the younger workers: by offering advice about issues such as love, clothes sense and work/life balance.

He provides another with a place to stay at his brownstone after his colleague is evicted by his parents.

Ben becomes very committed to Jules, and even breaks into the house of Jules’ mother to delete an embarrassingly scathing email, narrowly avoiding getting arrested in the process.

Ben also gets to know Jules’ family.

Her husband, Matt, gave up his own career to be a stay-at-home dad to their daughter, Paige, when About The Fit started to take off. However, their marriage is slowly breaking apart as the couple grows more distant.

 

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