The Intern

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Posted September 27, 2015 by in

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1/ 5

Quick Stats

Genre: comedy
 
Director: Nancy Meyers
 
MPAA Rating: PG-13
 
Actors: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo
 
Length: 121 minutes
 
Release Date: 9-25-2015
 
Studio: Waverly Films
 
 
What We Thought

A toxic film that hates most everyone under 70.

by Daniel Hodgson
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The InternChicken soup makes you feel good.  The Intern is like that, it makes you feel good.  But that doesn’t mean that it is good.

Robert De Niro plays Ben, a 70-year-old retiree and widower, adrift in life.  Looking for new purpose and meaning, Ben takes a job as an unpaid intern at About The Fit, an internet startup located in Brooklyn, founded by Jules (Anne Hathaway).

Jules is swamped.  She hardly sleeps, she barely sees her husband Matt (Anders Holm) and daughter Paige (JoJo Kushner).  She works every minute of every day, yet things aren’t getting done.  The CFO lays it out for her:  investors want someone else for CEO.

At first, Jules is too busy to give Ben anything to do, who’s been assigned as her personal intern.
Ben makes himself useful around the office, and cleans up a messy desk that no one had time for, winning major points with Jules.

The InternBen becomes the father-figure of the office, telling twenty-something interns how to dress, how to work, and advises Jules on how she should run her company and her personal life.

Ben always says the right thing, the right way.  Everyone should be more like Ben, who does things the right way, the old-fashioned way.  Just what the target demographic wants to hear.  Retirees, looking for validation.

And thirty-something career-women.  It’s an interesting cross section.  But men need not apply to The Intern.

I can’t get into what’s wrong with the new Nancy Meyers flick without getting deep into spoiler territory, so heads-up.

It turns out Matt is sleeping around.  And who can blame him?  By the time his wife gets home, he’s zonked from looking after a kid all day on his own.  He needs grown-up time, with another grown-up.

A new CEO would mean Jules would have time to be a wife and mother.  The InternA new CEO could fix the problems About the Fit is having, which might flop unless something changes.

Ben’s advice?  Jules should keep running her own company.  And she does.

So in the end, what’s resolved?  Nothing.  Matt decides that being neglected is OK, that having an affair was on him, not on her at all.  Uh-huh.

And as for About the Fit, I’m sure it will all work out, somehow

For a feel-good film, The Intern holds most everyone in contempt.  It’s explicitly misandric in Jules’s man-hating tirades and Matt’s infidelity, and implicitly misogynistic in how Jules can’t make a move without a white patriarch telling her what to do.

And am I the only one noticing how very, very white the cast is, in one of the most diverse cities in the world?

Sure, a lot of things make you feel good.  But they might be bad for you.  The Intern isn’t like chicken soup.  It’s more like…


About the Author

Daniel Hodgson

Daniel has a degree in film from the University of Texas at Austin, and writes about himself in the third-person, because that's the fashion.

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