The Intern (2015)
Starring: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm, JoJo Kushner, Andrew Rannells, Adam DeVine, Zack Pearlman
Directed By: Nancy Meyers
Written By: Nancy Meyers
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 2 hr 1 min
At one point in The Intern, Ben (Robert De Niro) turns to Jules (Anne Hathaway) and declares he’s a ‘sensitive bowl of mush.’ Which perfectly describes this movie! A very sensitive and large quivering bowl of mushy sweet sentiment. It’s basically a Hallmark TV movie running on premium high-octane a-list movie stars. Dull, sappy, unrealistic and very forgettable.
The Intern also has very little to say about retired life, or career driven women. Other than to deliver a ham-fisted jab at judgmental housewife’s with a mini-speech about glass ceilings. It simply exists in its own bubble of progressive modern liberal living. Where everyone drives nice cars, lives in picture perfect homes, works in modern trendy offices, and a few lines of sappy dialog can fix anything. This film gives its central themes such a light touch, that you’ll likely lose track of the story during its ridiculously long 2 hour running time, and ask yourself, “what was this movie about again?”
De Niro and Hathaway are decent in their roles, but that shouldn’t be a surprise. These are hardly challenging parts they’re playing after all. As for the rest of the cast, that’s another story. A mixed bag of hits and misses that couldn’t do anything with Nancy Meyers’ bland script. Anders Holm as house husband Matt, (though they prefer to be called ‘stay at home dads’ apparently) is seemingly incapable of infusing any emotive quality into his performance. Which is painfully obvious during his scenes with Anne Hathaway. Rene Russo as Fiona on the other hand is a very welcome addition to the cast, and her blossoming romance with Ben is the most effective and entertaining element in this film. But, like everything else in The Intern, it isn’t explored in any meaningful way.
This certainly wasn’t my cup of tea, but if you fancy a unchallenging light disposable ‘feel good’ story like this, then by all means check it out. This movie is harshly rated PG-13 for some bad language.
This is a made for TV movie, and should be viewed as such – on a TV.
Worst Moment: << spoiler >>
Nancy Meyers’ sappy script, and Anders Holm’s bland performance really drag the film down during a supposedly emotional reconciliation scene with Anne Hathaway in the last act.