Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Intern Review - 2½ Stars

Perky Anne Hathaway learns a thing or two from retiree Robert De Niro in “The Intern.”  She’s a busy, married, wealthy, super successful start-up business owner.  He’s a widower, retired and bored.  Anne’s company advertises for senior citizen interns.  She and Robert meet cute, and off we go.  De Niro, it turns out, knows a thing or two about life.  He passes these lessons on to Hathaway almost as if he’s come along as her fairy godfather.  The workplace scenes are busy and energetic and Hathaway still has the star power to make us care about her character.  It’s a little harder to accept De Niro playing it so square and solid.  We’re never quite sure where “The Intern” is taking us and the ending adds to that uncertainty, not that that’s a bad thing –it’s just a thing about this story.  I suspect audiences will enjoy “The Intern” especially older viewers.  I found it pleasant and sweet but sometimes a little too sweet.  Does it deliver what it promises?  Old guy helps young business woman.  Is it entertaining?  Very easy to watch.  Is it worth the price of admission?  Quite pleasant.