You may remember from this post that I've been waiting over four months to see The Intern, ever since I first saw the trailer. John thought it looked funny, too, so we went to see it yesterday. (It opened Friday.) It was SO GOOD!!!!!
Starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway, 70-year-old Ben has decided retirement is too boring so he applies for a job as a senior intern at a super-successful Internet fashion startup company owned and run by Jules, a woman trying to balance everything in her life with limited success. The differences between the older characters and younger characters felt realistic, yet sweet and funny as they all tried to learn from each other.
Writer/director Nancy Meyers had so many opportunities to follow other filmmakers who try to make their characters believable by making them “raw” or “realistic” – and she didn't take them. This movie will not leave you with a bad taste in your mouth at the end. It was so refreshing to see people making bad choices and then recovering from them rather then wallowing or taking the easy or selfish way out.
Everything about this film is smart and funny and clean. It's not a romantic comedy, of course, but it's a great comedy with some unexpected romantic elements. (Hint, gorgeous Rene Russo is older than she looks, and her and De Niro's characters make you feel like getting older is still going to be fun.) The audience in our theater laughed a lot, and there is a heightened joy when you share laughter, so that made the whole experience even better.
I wanted to see The Intern again as soon as the credits started to roll. Like Saturday's review of The Age of Adaline, this one is 5 stars, two thumbs up, and a high five. 😀 I am absolutely buying both of these movies on DVD! LOL! Please, give yourself a relaxing break and see them – and take a friend!