In The Intern, De Niro stars as Ben Whittaker, a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway).
The film’s multi-generational cast also features Rene Russo, Anders Holm, Andrew Rannells, Adam Devine, Celia Weston, Nat Wolff, Linda Lavin, Zack Pearlman, newcomer Jason Orley, and Christina Scherer. The Intern is both written and directed by Nancy Meyers, of the films It’s Complicated, The Holiday, Something’s Gotta Give, What Women Want and The Parent Trap previously.
The Intern is an American comedy film directed, produced and written by Nancy Meyers. The film stars Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway in the two leading roles, with supporting performances from Rene Russo, Anders Holm, Andrew Rannells, Adam DeVine, Christina Scherer, and Zack Pearlman. The film was released on September 25, 2015 by Warner Bros.
About the Story
Seventy-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro), a retired executive from a phone directory company, applies to a senior citizen intern program after retirement has gotten too boring for him. The company in Brooklyn he applies to is About the Fit, a fast-growing e-commerce fashion startup, whose founder and CEO Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway) had previously agreed to a community outreach program where seniors would intern at the firm. Ben impresses everyone and is one of four hired.
Ben is assigned to work with Jules, who is somewhat skeptical at first. Initially frozen out by her, Ben slowly wins over co-workers with his likability and gets into Jules’s good graces. One day, Ben notices Jules’s chauffeur drinking, convinces the driver to leave and drives Jules home himself, a role he retains in days to come.
Ben eventually reveals that he once worked in the very same building where About The Fit is now based. He develops a romantic relationship with the in-house massage therapist, Fiona (Rene Russo), and becomes something of a father figure to the younger workers. He is very committed to Jules, and even breaks into the house of Jules’s mother to delete an embarrassingly scathing email that Jules inadvertently sent her. Ben also gets to know Jules’ family. Her husband, Matt (Anders Holm), gave up his own career to be a stay-at-home dad to their daughter, Paige (JoJo Kushner), when About The Fit started to take off. However, their marriage is slowly breaking apart over Jules’s long hours, mainly caused by her very hands-on management style.
Meanwhile, Jules is under pressure to give up her post of CEO to someone outside of the company as her investors feel that she is unable to cope with the workload, having grown About The Fit from a startup founded in her kitchen to a 220-employee juggernaut in only eighteen months. Believing it will give her more time at home with her family, Jules is willing to consider the offer. While driving Paige home from a party, Ben discovers that Matt is having an affair with another parent at Paige’s school. While on a business trip in San Francisco to interview a potential CEO candidate, Jules reveals that she knows about Matt’s cheating as well.
Directed by: Nancy Meyers
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Robert De Niro, Nat Wolff, Rene Russo, Adam DeVine, Zack Pearlman, Drena De Niro, Linda Lavin, Christine Evangelista
Screenplay by: Nancy Meyers
Production Design by: Kristi Zea
Cinematography by: Stephen Goldblatt
Film Editing by: Robert Leighton
Costume Design by: Jacqueline Oknaian
Set Decoration by: Susan Bode
Music by: Theodore Shapiro
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some suggestive content and brief strong language.
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: September 25, 2015