Time Out says
Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway bond on the job in a comedy that's gentle, age-positive and easy on the dentures.
Writer-director Nancy Meyers makes comfort comedies (It’s Complicated, Something’s Gotta Give) that play like the movie equivalent of mac and cheese, and her latest, The Intern, may sink you into a feel-good coma. Robert De Niro plays twinkly retired New Yorker Ben. Epically failing to adjust to retirement (he’s in Starbucks with the newspaper every morning at 7:15am), he signs up for a seniors intern program. After a borderline-patronizing interview (“Where do you see yourself in 10 years?”), Ben lands a gig with a fashion e-store. His boss is kooky Jules (Hathaway, relentlessly wholesome), who cycles around the office, a converted Brooklyn factory, and is under pressure from her big-money investors to sell out and hire a CEO to run her booming start-up.
The world of The Intern is shamelessly fake. This is the fashion industry, but forget about any bitching: Everyone is psychotically pleasant. Are the straight-out-of-college kids awkward around the old dude with a briefcase? No, because he’s retro cool, like a brick-size vintage cell phone bought on eBay. The movie’s ideas run out quickly, but De Niro is easygoing, and The Intern is indulgent good fun. Just don’t go in expecting nutrition.
Cast and crew
Robert De Niro