Many people look forward to retirement. After years of the daily grind and the stress that work brings, retirement feels like a dream. There is no blaring alarm clock to wake you up at the crack of dawn, there is no boss hanging around your desk and you are without coworkers with a junior high school mentality. To some it is a dream, but to others, it is a void that begs to be filled.
In the new release, The Intern, Ben (Robert De Niro) is a 70-year-old retiree who has tried to fill his time every which way possible. But he is still bored. Seeing an ad for a company looking for senior citizen interns, Ben applies and is accepted. Millennial generation Jules (Anne Hathaway) opened her fashion e-commerce business 18 months ago. She did not foresee how quickly the company would become a success.
Like many women, Jules is balancing work, marriage and motherhood. Her success in keeping all three on track at the same time is not going too well. Like many retirees, Ben is not only adjusting to the new work mentality, but also to the technology that has become ingrained in our daily lives.
Every genre has its stalwart filmmakers. For the rom-com and comedy genres, Nancy Meyers is one of those filmmakers. This film has all of the hallmarks of a Nancy Meyers film. But that does not mean it as good as some of her previous films.
My problem with the film is that certain scenes felt very clunky. Others felt like they should have been left for the extras section of the DVD. The movie is not completely horrible. There are some very funny scenes and some scenes that felt true to everyday life. Hathaway and De Niro have decent chemistry. And part of it was shot in Brooklyn, which is always a good thing.
Do I recommend it? This film is a maybe for me. Perhaps I should have waited to get it on DVD from the library instead of seeing it in theaters.
The Intern is presently in theaters.