Ben (Robert De Niro) is a lonely widower who tries various things to relieve the boredom of retirement and when he sees an advert for a company advertising
for a "senior intern" applies for and to his surprise, but not the audiences, gets the job.
On his first day at work he finds that he's to be the intern at a highly successful online clothing store run by its highly strung boss called Jules (Anne
Hathaway). Unfortunately for Ben Jules has never been told about her new intern and is cold to the idea leaving Ben sitting twiddling his thumbs at his
desk all day.
However Ben's not for giving in and as he watches and learns he starts to break down the barriers between himself and Jules starts to warm to Ben becoming
more and more reliant on Ben as both a friend and a business confidant. Rene Russo pops up as Ben's love interest just to reinforce the fact that there's
nothing going romantically between Ben and Jules. That would have made this film an entirely creepier proposition.
Written and directed by Nancy Meyers whose hits include The Holiday (2006) and It's Complicated (2009) The Intern is an easy going comedy that's helped by
charismatic performances from its two stars. Some jokes work, some don't, the scene where Ben and his fellow interns break into Jules mothers house to
erase an nasty email that Jules has sent her mother comes across as slightly ridiculous, however this is a small complaint in an otherwise charming easy
going, if ultimately forgetful comedy.