The Intern is Nancy Meyer’s most anticipated summer movie,returning to Hollywood after delivering hits such as Something’s Gotta Give(2003) and The Holiday(2006), starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway in an office place comedy.


Anne Hathaway plays Jules Ostin, Robert De Niro plays Ben, an over-aged intern rejecting the traditional retirement. Their relationship is strictly platonic, benefiting them both in return.


Anne Hathaway (Jules) is a founder of a new fashion startup named About the Fit, assimilating the antagonist Miranda Priestly’s relentless work-ethic from The Devil Wears Prada and protagonist Andy Sachs’s ambitious, soft touch when she’s facing a day of scrapes.With a booming workforce of 219 employees, inexperienced in comparison, save for the MBA graduates leveling with her, comprehending her career goals.

Enter Robert De Niro’s Ben character, with neat and tidy suits, ever-ready for string of advices.

In another life, Ben was a phonebook manufacturer (so passé), decides to jump the senior citizen bandwagon scheme, landing right into Jules’s doorstep, shadowing her much to Jules’s annoyance.

Jules’s seemingly utopic life is in actuality a fixer-upper situation of sorts. With a stay-at-home husband decapitated of his manliness, sex is an unchartered territory for both. On the professional front, Jules’s company About the Fit is about to slam-dunk without an experienced CEO at helm.

Enter Ben with his years under the sun, taking a dig at the young CEO with jibes lost on her. Her best retort goes as “God, I wish your expressions were this lucid.” Bordering on certain eerie weirdness, they mutually consent to share burial spaces (of all imaginable things).

With a huge 40 year gap between Jules and Ben, any romantic liaisons are far-fetched to fathom. Robert De Niro being a versatile actor gives a scowling side, being the ideal gentleman. Rene Russo becomes the target of any flirtatious moments thereof.

A Word on Ann-Niro

Anne Hathaway on the other hand, goes in Girl-Next-Door mode breezing through the movie, cushioning on her adorability factor.

She successfully triumphs in her own character portraying as an imperfect human as opposed to demonic perfectionistic bordering on superhuman scales. More so, Robert De Niro feels constricted in his role given his way with comedies in Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers. Rene Russo is thrown in for adding some flair to a thin romantic flirtation.

A word on Nancy Meyers

The Intern is Nancy Meyers latest stint in warm-hearted comedy movies genre.Resting on previous success, she steered clear of younger male-female combo, opting for 50-ish leads. Critics might have slammed her on this approach, but the audience adored them, rest assured.As opposed to her 80s movie, Baby Boom, starring Diane Keaton, a high-powered CEO troubled with a baby dangling, facing opposition from colleague James Spader (duh) and boss (Sam Wanamaker). In that context, Jules Ostin has no prime antagonist (a vibe popular with animes).

Nancy Meyers, 65, with a string of light-hearted hits under her belt, has given this female role some credence as opposed to weaker roles in case of It’s Complicated (Meryl Streep) and Something’s Gotta Give (Diane Keaton).

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