Through the thin layer of preachy feminist dialogue there lies a film with a heart of gold and good intentions, but it often gets lost in the clutter of big ideas and overzealous themes in between. The Intern stars Robert DeNiro, Anne Hathaway, and Rene Russo which revolves around a young business woman in a world surrounded by the clutters of everyday life and the hardships of being a boss and a family woman. Through a senior internship program, Jules Ostin (Hathaway) reluctantly takes on 70 year business savvy Ben (DeNiro) as he helps expand the world she can’t find time to enjoy.
For exactly two hours, I was enamored with the cheesy, but unorthodox chemistry between the leads and the thematic elements they highlighted. DeNiro is a great casting choice for a wise “been there, done that” type figure next to Anne Hathaway who excelled as both the assertive and sweet as the boss with the good intentions. They produce a unique chemistry as a duo brought together by a generation gap in the business world and they get a chance to capitalize on it without having us feel like it was just for a movie. There is something about the father figure with this successful female lead that makes me eat it all up and I am not sure it could have worked if the names weren’t DeNiro and Hathaway.
Littered in between the sweetly honest storyline is the type of comedy that won’t make your sides sore, but it will make you smile and heat up internally. This is a film that sprinkles in a few crude jokes along with some physical humor, but not enough to make it distracting or over the top. It has the charm of most Nancy Meyers films, but with some occasionally dialogue that takes you out of the film for a moment. The ideas she hits us with are not ones worth rolling our eyes over, but they didn’t need to be so blunt in execution simply because the film was letting us know without saying it. Nonetheless, it does tackle some issues that people tend to ignore in a world that women have been on just as long as men.
With some young faces by actors and actresses we may know, it is nice to see them without falling to their stereotypical characters they’ve once played and it’s nice to use their skills subtly. I’m talking about people like Adam DeVine who seems to show up in lots of films anymore, but that’s alright with us. Other people include the men and women DeNiro’s Ben meets in his “new” office as the chemistry between an older DeNiro and a younger cast go hand in hand detailing the differences of old school ways of handling yourself along with the technological differences that either hinder or help us. Going back to the sort of preachy elements of the film, there is a lot to Meyers wants to say about how we as a society are wrapped up in our toys and forget how to properly handle people and that is something I want to get behind, but once again, it never had to be said, just shown.
In the last few scenes of the film, I came to the conclusion that I really enjoyed how I felt after this movie, and though it is not perfect, it’s worth the viewing. Be mindful of how you handle and care for you and the people around you because you never know the impact you are likely to have on someone. Perspective is given for both sides of the proverbial coins, no matter your age, and Meyers proves she has the right ideas in mind. The leads are characters you can fall in love with from beginning to end unlike so many films you’ll see and you’ll be happy you got to root for someone all the way through for once. It’s funny, it’s genuine, and it’s well acted by damn near everyone in the movie.