DVD Review: The Intern

The-Intern-new-posterIf we have to watch a romantic comedy, it had better be a Nancy Meyers one.

Nancy Meyers movies are the kind that make you want to jump through the screen and start living in them (assuming that being an impossibly chic, successful woman with an Architectural Digest-worthy home and enough cash to afford one is your thing).

While she may have her own formula, the writer/director’s scripts (“Father of the Bride,” “What Women Want,” “The Holiday,” “Something’s Gotta Give,” “It’s Complicated”) usually go a little deeper than your average romantic comedy; something we can get behind.

But Meyers strays even farther from the romantic comedy genre in her latest, “The Intern,” a romantic comedy with (very little) romance and whose main relationship is the one between a 30-something businesswoman and her 70-year-old intern.

Robert DeNiro, in a number of finely tailored suits, plays widower Ben Whittaker, a lonely widower with no one to share his stylish Brooklyn apartment and bored with no other countries left to visit. To placate his boredom, Ben takes a senior internship at a startup e-commerce website headed up by Jules Ostin, played by forever rom-com queen Anne Hathaway.

Jules is a workaholic with no time to spend in her tony brownstone tending to her stay-at-home husband and precious little girl. Seeing that she is having trouble juggling the rapidly growing company, board members decide to look for an outside CEO to hire to help Jules carry the workload. She is not happy about this, since the company she built would be out of her hands.

Ben, with his watchful eye, life experience, business sense and Robert DeNiro-ness, becomes much more to Jules than just an intern and more like a bestie.

“The Intern” has predictable moments: gags about the age gap between Ben and his co-workers, sappy pep talks between Ben and Jules and (of course) a sweet romance between Ben and the in-house masseuse (Renee Russo).

While the film follows some rom-com rules, ultimately Jules is not faced with the typical romantic comedy conundrum, Which Man Will She Choose? The questions are more complex: Does she hire a CEO? What does she do about her not-so-ideal marriage?

So in the end, it’s not two men that Jules chooses between, nor is it her family or her career — she can have it all. She’s a Nancy Meyers woman, after all.


Taylor Bigler Mace

Taylor Bigler Mace

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Taylor covers sports and maritimes for the Islander. As a native of Texas, she is an unapologetic Dallas Cowboys fan. [email protected]
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