The Intern (2015)

This movie will give your mind diabetes. It’s that sweet.

Ben (Robert De Niro) takes a job as a senior intern, working under Jules (Anne Hathaway) at an online clothing retailer, and he seems to be exactly what everyone needs. She begins to realize how helpful his experience is, and he turns into a sort of father figure that’s also her new best friend. There’s also a pointless cheating husband plot, but let’s not talk about that.

Director Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated and Something’s Gotta Give) has a knack for these kinds of endearing stories with soft color palettes, and I see no problem with it. She has, like David Lean and Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick, given her films a particular feel that is instantly recognizable. They touch your heart and soothe your senses, and they probably star an actor that’s done a few classic films.

They’re like soup, in that they’re warm and tasty, but don’t always fill you up.

I don’t have many complaints about this film, save for the entire subplot with the husband (played by Anders Holm from Workaholics). He’s been cheating because she’s always gone and he’s bored. The film, because of this storyline, is overlong and more complicated than it needs to be. And yet its charm is still… infectious.

If it tells you anything, I saw this was on TV, and I stopped what I was doing to watch it. (Disclaimer: I didn’t have much to do.) It’s just so warm and inviting. It’s the perfect sort of movie to sit through when you don’t want to think you’re wasting your time. It’s also what to watch when you have time to kill.

3

The Intern is available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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