By Debbie Elicksen.
The Intern (2015) may seem a little hokey, but it is a feel-good movie that breaks through the barriers of assumptions and ageism.
Seventy-year-old Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) is a retired businessman who discovers a flyer for a senior intern program at an online fashion firm. He struggles with technology but manages to send in the required video application. He is called in for an interview with members of the company, and they learn he used to work in the same building and that he is clearly over-qualified. When he meets the owner Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), she discounts him as an out-of-touch old man who isn’t capable of being an asset to her firm. While he is given an intern position, as her assistant, she ignores him. He persists to show up dressed and ready each day, until an opportunity arises where she learns he has become her one rock steady in a sea of tumultuous uncertainty.
The Intern was written and directed by Nancy Meyers. It also stars Rene Russo, Anders Holm, Adam Devine, Linda Lavin, and Zack Pearlman. It’s not on the list for any major awards, but I still give it three stars out of five.