“The Intern” provides viewers with witty humor and a heartfelt plot.


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Director Nancy Meyers and actress Anne Hathaway pose for photos on Sept. 22, 2015 at an afterparty for “The Intern” in New York City. (Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Co./Sipa USA/TNS)

Sophie Iffrig, Staff Writer

Nancy Meyer’s film, The Intern, began as a slow paced comedy, but turned into an intriguing tale of how two unlikely characters come together to teach one another valuable life lessons. The film stars Robert De Niro as Ben Whittaker, alongside Anne Hathaway as Jules. Whittaker is a retired 70 year-old widower bored with the relative inactivity of his current form of living. He decides to apply for a job working as a senior intern for a popular online clothing shop, “About the Fit”, seeing it as an opportunity to get back in the game and bond with the younger generation.

For most of its running time, Meyers builds off of Whittaker’s friendliness and good nature with Jule’s sweet energy. That is something I liked about The Intern because it gives Jules a hectic, but likable feel to her life and Whittaker an odd, old fashioned yet sweet quality to him. Jules made the frantic lifestyle and self-owned business concept seem appealing. As the characters’ personalities and relationship with one another progress, Meyers incorporates that old/ young odd-couple dynamic throughout the movie while also handling the material with charm and subtle comedic moments. The script was not over-worked with punch lines or silly gimmicks, but was also kept light-hearted. Meyers creates a story-line that shows how their diversity can eventually bring them closer together. This is a benefit to watching The Intern because it presents viewers with the idea that the things seemingly unlikely to happen could still work out.

I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys simple, laid back comedies. Although I found the story somewhat cheesy, there were certain elements such as the ulterior plot between Jules and her husband that made the movie enjoyable. Overall, it was a film that was easy to follow while still being able hold my attention.