The Intern

 

Warner Bros

 

Rating: PG-13

 

Reason for the Rating: Some suggestive content and brief strong language.

 

Plot Summary: After trying retirement, Ben Whittaker becomes a "senior intern" for a growing online fashion site.

 

PopFam Recommends: A perfect date-night movie. It will make you laugh, and maybe even spark some good conversation.

 

In a time when theaters are full of superheroes saving the earth, dystopian teen and science fiction, as well as movies that might make you cringe, The Intern is a breath of fresh air that will leave you smiling.

 

Ben Whittaker (Robert DeNiro) is a 70-year old widower retiree, who discovers retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. After travelling the world and spending time with his grandkids, Ben spends his days trying to stay busy, or at least keep up the appearance of a full day. And then one day he happens upon a flyer announcing an opening for a "senior intern" at About the Fit, an online fashion site. Upon getting the position, he is promptly assigned to Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), the founder of the company. As it turns out, Jules is so busy running the company herself (emphasis on "herself"), that she doesn't want an intern and leaves Ben to occupy himself in whatever why he finds.

 

And so it goes, with Ben making friends throughout the company, but ignored by his boss, until Ben begins driving Jules to and from work and various meetings throughout the city. Jules discovers Ben is just what she needs. He calms and centers her frantic world. His words are polite and full of wisdom. It doesn't hurt that her young daughter and husband like him as well. But Jules is in the midst of a crises. As the company has skyrocketed in growth, her investors have become more skeptical of her ability to lead the company into the future. They have suggested Jules hire an experienced CEO as they make the transition from a start-up to a successful, stable company.

 

But The Intern isn't a great movie only because of a solid plot, but for all the funny, random, and heartwarming situations writer/director Nancy Meyers has incorporated in her screenplay. Everything included is imaginably real, from the over-achieving, overworked wife/mother/boss to the sniping comment made between working and stay-at-home moms to the difficulty of marriage, which are all looked at through a situationally extreme lens. Similar to Meyer's previous movie Something's Gotta Give. It doesn't hurt that the cast is made up of experienced actors who bring depth and truth to their characters.

 

Unfortunately, the ending comes off as a bit contrite and easy. For a movie that spends so much time delving into the complications of Jules's life, the ending feels as if Meyers ran out of ideas and slapped a quick bow on at the end. It still left me smiling, but a bit unsatisfied.

 

This is really the perfect date-night movie. While The Intern doesn't have much in the way of bad language, there are a few inserted throughout the movie. What might cause more questions and discussion for kids is the relationship between Jules and her husband, Matt (Anders Holm). It's a heavy subject that can be a weighty one for children.

 

While it's not perfect, The Intern tells a good story that will make you laugh. And you can't beat that.

 

Let’s Talk About It

Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:

 

• In the movie, Ben carries a handkerchief, and offers it quite frequently to the women in his life. What other chivalrous acts from the past do you think should be carried out today?

 

• In what ways did The Intern skirt around societal issues? Were you satisfied with the resolutions and answers the movie provided?

 

• Ben changes people, and he does so with a quiet demeanor and unassuming attitude. As Christians, we are called to change people too. How does your conduct and character in your workplace affect those around you? Does it point them to Jesus?

 

--JW

 

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