Her Intern or Her Godfather?
“Seventy-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.” – IMDB.
The movie’s protagonists are Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holms, JoJo Kushner, and Andrew Rannells. The Intern was written and directed by Nancy Meyers. This movie is PG13, so ask your parents for permission first. The film was nominated for 7 awards and won 1 of them:
- Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards
- Jupiter Award
- Critics Choice Award, Best Actor in a Comedy Movie (Robert De Niro) - AARP Movies for Grownups Awards (Best Comedy Movie, Won)
- Teen Choice Awards, Choice Movie: Comedy
- Teen Choice Awards, Choice Movie Actress in a Comedy Movie (Anne Hathaway)
This movie made me so happy, almost in the whole movie I was with a smile on my face.
I’ve watched this movie so many times I think I’m becoming obsessed with Nancy Meyers’ art of decorating, writing, and directing successful films.
Anyway, this movie is about a 70-year-old widower, named Ben Whittaker. His wife died years before, so he’s used to living alone, going to Starbucks alone, and doing things alone.
Yes, he’s basically a lonely elder person that’s retired and has absolutely nothing to do with his life.
Well, that changes when he sees a flier saying that a successful online clothing store was searching for senior workers. So, POOF! Ben goes to the About the Fit (that’s what the online clothing store is called) office and applies to the post.
Days later, he and the other candidates are waiting to be told what they need to do. Oddly enough, one candidate just graduated from college (he’s 25 or something), and somehow About the Fit let him apply. Even when it said, “Senior People Only”. Maybe the guy’s dumb and thought that About the Fit was looking for people who were seniors in college? We might never know, my friends. We might never know.
After the candidates begin to know each other, each and every one of them are appointed to a person (they’re like assistants to the person in need of their help). Surprisingly, Ben is appointed to the one and only, Jules Ostin.
Jules is the creator of Best Fit, and somehow between having a family life and working in her brand 24/7, she has time to direct the entire thing. But Jules doesn’t want Ben to work for her. She wants to do everything herself, so that makes ben go to work for absolutely no reason.
After that fiasco, Ben becomes "The Godfather" figure who is always there for the workers at Best Fit. He’s the Mr.-The-One-That-Always-Organizes-The-Whole-Office, the one people can always confide their little life secrets and won’t tell a thing.
Later on, Ben and Jules become friends. That surprised me, because since Jules works every single day, she could hardly have any, uh, acquaintances.
Ben discovers that her husband Matt has been cheating on Jules with another mom at their daughter’s school and decides not to tell her.
However, Jules herself finds out, when she and Ben go to San Francisco to meet a possible new CEO (something that Jules has been since she founded About the Fit) and confesses that she’s noticed that Matt has been having an affair.
To be honest, the first time I was re-watching the movie this year I was eating Taco Bell and drinking soda. When the scene where Ben discovers that Matt has been cheating on his wife, I almost threw the empty soda carton at the TV. I say almost, because, how would I watch movies to review again?!
After that, Jules decides to not hire the CEO they met in San Francisco, and Matt finally admits that he cheated on his wife, and they’re all happy-and-jolly!
I give this movie a 8/10, because Robert De Niro's performance is impeccable, as always.
The following statements—paragraphs, I mean—have been written by a completely normal person that writes a blog and has therefore her own opinion.
Robert De Niro is supposedly Anne Hathaway’s (Jules Ostin) intern, yet he basically seems to own the ENTIRE PLACE, and totally overshadows Anne’s acting. She’s a good actress—I know.
Guys, you just have to stare at the screen and when Mr. De Niro starts talking, you’re suddenly glued. BAM! Nancy Meyers has the power to glue you instantly into the screen, with her designer skills, her gift for writing, and many other things. Well, I know I WAS!
This movie is really powerful, since it’s a mix between real life AND the fantasy of movies. You can also see that senior people in life can be really useful – not just a “burden”, as many people call them. They have the experience that many other people don’t – so take that as a plus.
They’re also really polite, too. They usually ask about how was your day was, how are you feeling, etc. I mean, Ben didn’t leave the OFFICE until Jules did. Wow. That’s what #compromised means.
Quoting Jules herself—I mean, Nancy Meyers, the movie’s director, “There’s been one generation of guys that have stopped being like Jack Nicholson, and Harrison Ford… take Ben here. There’s nobody like him!”
I also like how Nancy Meyers chooses locations. Jules’ house is in Brooklyn—and it’s BEAUTIFUL! It’s so comfy, it’s so stylish, and I feel like I want to LIVE in that house.
I’m being REALLY serious, you hear me? It’s that—(faints because it’s sooo pretty and nice and organized and it’s on Brooklyn).
Anyways, I hope that you enjoy The Intern, as much as I did! I really love it, because it implies friendship, love.
Have any of you watched a Nancy Meyers movie? Or a movie the talented Robert De Niro appears on? Say your thoughts in the comments and stay tuned for more posts!
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