Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Intern

The Intern is a slick mainstream movie that really offers no surprises. By no means brilliant, probably not memorable, kind of fluffy, definitely corny.

But I ate it up and enjoyed every minute.

Robert De Niro plays a 70 year old retired, widowed business man who is content and healthy, but feels a lack in his somewhat solitary life. He signs up for a senior internship program at a hot internet startup company staffed by young Brooklyn hipsters. The Intern centers on his relationship with the founder, played by Anne Hathaway. He is initially seen as a harmless oddity in the office, but soon becomes kind of a mascot, and gentlemanly role-model for dressed-down male coworkers. With Hathaway's character he soon proves professionally valuable and they form a warm friendship.

What I liked so much about it was how affable all the characters were. There is no bad guy. It's just a sweet story of an unlikely but enriching friendship.

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