WRITTEN BY: Nancy Meyers
DIRECTED BY: Nancy Meyers
STARRING: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm
RATING: 3 stars
Ben Whittaker is a 70-year-old widower finding it difficult to enjoy retirement on his own. So, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion website, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway). The pair do not hit it off immediately, but they soon strike up a friendship and learn from each other's experiences.
The Intern thinks it has a feminist message. Unfortunately, that is not the case. In fact, because the film tries so hard, it almost comes off as offensive to feminists. That being said, writer/director Nancy Myers clearly has her heart in the right place even if her execution of the story is poor. It is fun to see De Niro enjoying himself in this comedy/drama and he works well with Hathaway. However, his love interest is played by Rene Russo and despite the pair constantly talking about how nice it is to spend time with someone their own age, it is worth noting she is more than a decade younger than him. I am sure there is an audience out there who will love this film. But if you stop and think about it, you will certainly find holes.