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The Intern (2015)

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Critic Consensus: The Intern doesn't do enough with its timely premise, but benefits from the unorthodox chemistry of its talented leads.

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A retired successful business owner and widower lands an internship at a fashion website run by a young, career-driven woman. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rating:
PG-13 (for some suggestive content and brief strong language)
Genre:
Comedy
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Written By:
In Theaters:
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On DVD:
Box Office:
$60,886,513.00
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Cast

Anne Hathaway
as Jules Ostin
Robert De Niro
as Ben Whittaker
Rene Russo
as Fiona
Adam DeVine
as Jason
Drena De Niro
as Hotel Manager
Nat Wolff
as Justin
Linda Lavin
as Patty
Jason Orley
as Lewis
Mary Kay Place
as Jule's Mom
Wallis Currie-Wood
as ATF Interviewer #1
Molly Bernard
as ATF Interviewer #2
Paulina Singer
as ATF Receptionist
Annie Funke
as ATF Creative Team
Christine Evangelista
as ATF Creative Team
Julee Cerda
as ATF Creative Team
Peter Vack
as ATF Creative Team
Nikki Granatell
as ATF Creative Team
Liza Binkley
as ATF Creative Team
Eshan Bay
as ATF Tech Team
Caitlin Kinnunen
as ATF Tech Team
Tristan Griffin
as ATF Tech Team
Sydney Morton
as Customer Service Rep
Brandon Tyler Harris
as Customer Service Rep
Elena Shaddow
as Customer Service Rep
Liz Holtan
as Customer Service Rep
Claire Saunders
as Mailroom Intern
G. Keith Alexander
as Senior Intern
Susie Feldman
as Couple in Elevator
Mark D. Sikes
as Couple in Elevator
Max VonEssen
as Businessman at Starbucks
Max Von Essen
as Businessman at Starbucks
George Merrick
as Businessman at Starbucks
Casey Benjamin
as Mom at School
Ruby Motz
as Child at School
Emma Angstadt
as Maddie
Eliud Kauffman
as Warehouse Foreman
Jenny Fellner
as Barista
Sean Kleier
as Bartender
Elliot Villar
as Escalade Driver
Tiffany Chen
as Tai Chi Instructor
Nikki M. James
as Tai Chi Class
Mayumi Miguel
as Tai Chi Class
JoAnna Powell
as Tai Chi Class
Dan Castiglione
as Tai Chi Class
Edie Cowan
as Tai Chi Class
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Critic Reviews for The Intern

All Critics (170) | Top Critics (40)

There's something powerful in that, in the simple fact that The Intern is so sympathetic to its older character-so resolutely on the side of a person who might, in other contexts, be dismissed or ignored or, as is so often the case, invisible.

Full Review… | July 22, 2016
The Atlantic
Top Critic

Thanks largely to performances by De Niro and Hathaway, The Intern is a gentle, enjoyable fantasy-and certainly Meyers's best film in more than a decade.

Full Review… | October 14, 2015
The Atlantic
Top Critic

This earnest, effusive haut-bourgeois fantasy, by the writer and director Nancy Meyers, runs roughshod over rational skepticism with the force of her life experience.

Full Review… | October 8, 2015
New Yorker
Top Critic

The Intern degenerates into a series of monologues about ambition and relationships and having it all. As the speeches pile up, our goodwill dissipates, and so does the film's magic.

Full Review… | September 28, 2015
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

In keeping everything so polite, The Intern, while being a pleasant and watchable movie, is also entirely ephemeral. Maybe that's why, like Meyers' other films, The Intern will likely be so re-watchable, too.

Full Review… | September 27, 2015
Associated Press
Top Critic

There's not much here story-wise. But when Meyers wants to write an involving scene with characters thinking and feeling the way humans think and feel, you want to applaud.

Full Review… | September 25, 2015
Grantland
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Intern

Pretty underwhelming. It was okay, but at two hours, wears it's welcome out and has an extremely abrupt ending. I hated the husband twist and I didn't think either of them were convincing as parents to a child that old. At lest it wasn't completely predictable, but once was enough watching this.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Who would have thought that Romantic Comedy star Anne Hathaway would ever be acting alongside Gangster Film star Robert De Niro? "The Intern" stars both of them respectively and say what you will about sappy plots like this, "The Intern" is a very, very good film about life in general. Following a widower as he tries to keep himself busy on a daily basis, not matter what it is, Ben (De Niro) is hired as a senior personal-intern to Jules (Hathaway) at an online fashion website. Fitting right in as he had a very long career in business, they form an offbeat friendship that nobody would have expected. This film truly is about friendship, family, and life in general. That is the main focus and it handles it wonderfully. Giving needed life lessons to the new/younger generation, while still caring about it's older audience, this film balances the old and the new in such an interesting way. Having a young family who clearly doesn't see their father's very much, Ben becomes that figure in their lives and changes it drastically, for better or worse. Everything about this film moves at a very solid pace and you feel like it is giving you a slice of life at this moment in their lives. Where this film falters, is the choices made by some of the characters in the final act. It began to feel a little less like life itself and more like a movie when decisions being made felt like plot devices in order to have the happy/sad ending that it went for. It tries very hard to pull on your heart strings and I did not buy into the emotional impact of the final few scenes as the decisions felt very forced, in my opinion at least. I did not believe that this particular conclusion would have happened in reality, and while the film played out as a very realistic picture, that shift in tone was jarring to me. "The Intern" does benefit from an experience writer in this genre, which is why most of the film is so great. Nancy Meyers writes and directs this film, and while her earlier films such as "Father of the Bride, The Parent Trap, or "The Holiday" have all been enjoyable, films later in her career such as "Father of the Bride 2" or "It's Complicated" really hurt her pedestal. Thankfully, this film has put Meyers back in the spotlight and I look forward to see more of her work in the future. With all the right feel good moments, compelling character developing scenes, and the perfect amount of levity between young and old characters, "The Intern" is a far better movie than it should be and I highly recommend it. Very solid entertainment.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

½

Pop publications have pondered what makes Anne Hathaway so annoying. She's a perfectly beautiful and talented actress, but there's something about her that just smacks of trying too hard. Why the public prefers cool, calculated nonchalance over effusive ambition to please is an argument (perhaps loaded with gender politics) for another day, but suffice it to say, Anne Hathaway is a little bit annoying in this movie. She tries to be cool and calculated, as per Jules, her character - a self-made internet entrepreneur - but when Jules meets the titular intern, Ben, and lets that bosswoman exterior fall and starts hanging out with her dopey underlings, Hathaway (not the character) tries to be "one of the boys" and the performance fails. Her buzzed rant lamenting the manboys' sloppy workplace attire rings false, trite, whiney, and patriarchal. That may also be the script's fault for creating a flat gentleman hero of yore to act as Jules's foil and to be put on a pedestal as the classic man all men should strive to be. For a movie about a woman in a man's world, written and directed by a woman, it defaults to the crutch of "behind every great woman is a greater-yet-not-flashy-about-it man who allows her to blossom into the powerful, great woman she has the potential to be." It just happens to be cute because Ben is thirty years her senior and is more a father figure than a romantic interest. Regardless, this movie is like the Anne Hathaway conundrum. It's cute but annoying. It has the potential to challenge the incessant questions kick-butt actresses and female CEOs are asked about balancing home and work, but it doesn't. It has the potential to question why go-getting women like Anne Hathaway are thought of as annoying or fake, but it doesn't.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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