When I decided to borrow The Intern last weekend, I expected a few laughs, just a light comedy to watch on a Saturday night. Based on the trailer for the movie, I expected a comedy about the awkward moments that occur when a retiree attempts to re-enter the workforce and work for a modern, cutting-edge company. The movie I watched was so much more. I was actually crying at the end of this movie because it was so heartwarmingly touching.

Robert De Niro plays Ben Whittaker, a retired seventy-year-old widower who decides to take an internship program for retirees when he sees a flyer posted at a local coffee shop. He ends up working directly for the company’s owner Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), a driven and inspired business woman who lives quite the hectic lifestyle. She doesn’t feel like she has the time to babysit a seventy-year-old intern. The two, however, shortly become good friends when Jules realizes that Ben is just the type of influence she needs in her life. But don’t be mistaken -- this isn’t your typical Robert De Niro, nor is it your typical plot where a wise old guy enters the scene and teaches the type “A” business woman a thing or two about the more important things in life. The street goes both ways. Ben supports Jules and encourages her that both running a business and having a fulfilling life is possible.

Similar heartwarming comedic movies I recommend are The Devil Wears Prada (also starring Anne Hathaway) and Silver Linings Playbook (also with Robert De Niro).

 

Recommended by Alysia Van Looy

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