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The Intern
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02.26.2016 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Nancy Meyers

Actors:
Robert De Niro
Anne Hathaway
Rene Russo

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
When a seventy year old retiree (De Niro) lands an intern gig at an online fashion company, the tough as nails boss (Hathaway) isnít overly impressed, until a surprising friendship changes both their lives.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
It feels like every year I get a good dozen films to review that seemingly came out of nowhere. This is one of them. Granted, I donít go looking for Anne Hathaway movies (THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA is still a guilty pleasure of mine), but Robert De Niro is someone I do try to keep an eye on. That said, KILLING SEASON, EVERYBODYíS FINE and GRUDGE MATCH were similarly Ďout of left fieldí De Niro flicks Iíve reviewed over the past few years. My point, sometimes these movies work, and I mean, really work to the point youíre ashamed for not having heard of them, but then, sometimes they donít. This one didnít.

With that in mind, I will say this, De Niro is great here as a retired, widowed, gentlemen looking for ways to fill his days. Heís trying out new things in a day and age when things are very overwhelming. I like the idea of him going for an intern job at a big company. He takes a risk and it pays off, which is far better than playing it safe as a Walmart Greater, or flipping burgers at McDonalds, so thatís the one thing this flick had going for it in my eyes. That, and the budding fatherly relationship he builds with Hathawayís character is extremely heartwarming. That, however, is where the praise ends.

THE INTERN isnít a comedy, even though it wants you to think it is, thereís a lot of depth to these characters, but unfortunately the backstory isnít fully explored. Now add to that, a fistful of side stories that also donít seem to go anywhere and youíll begin to see my frustration. Simply put, this flick stretches on for two and a half hours, which is about an hour too long for the story their essentially trying to tell. An hour of boring filler is more than enough to kill my optimistic mood, and to be perfectly honest, thatís what happened. Not a terrible story, but a little longer in the cutting room and this flick couldíve been much tighter.
THE EXTRAS
Learning from Experience: A quick opinion piece from the cast and crew about the story and ideas in the film.

Designs on Life: Set Decorators Susan Bode and Beth Rubino, Production Designer Kristi Zea, Costume Designer Jacquelin Demetrio and Director Nancy Meyers all weigh in on the look (fashion) used in the film.

The Three Interns: Actors Jason Orley, Adam DeVine and Zack Pearlman share stores about working with De Niro. I canít even imagine.

Previews: There are some trailers that play before the feature as well as a DVD and ULTRAVIOLET DIGITAL HD Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If youíre a fan of De Niro and Hathaway, youíll at least enjoy the chemistry these two share, itís the highlight of the film to be sure, but even that canít escape the negative influence of a bloated runtime.
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