Director : Nancy Meyers
Writer : Nancy Meyers
Robert De Niro should have in his contract that he is not allowed to be shot talking to himself in the mirror. Whether the intention was to pay homage or to poke fun at his tough guy persona, it doesn't serve this movie well to remind you that movies like Taxi Driver exist.
The Intern is lacking an edge so badly that it's difficult to identify what shape it actually is. Neither comedy or a drama, you could call it a cross generational fairytale with Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) as a corporate fairy godmother, but even that may be applying a depth to this that doesn't actually exist.
Despite the horrible construct, De Niro does genial really well. He packs away all of his menace, but keeps the confidence and brings his old fashioned charms (and handkerchiefs) to assist his younger cast mates in a range of ways. Hathaway acts heartily as always, but isn't supported by the script. She constantly refers to herself as 'difficult' but that side of her character is completely unseen.
If this was ninety minutes, you may be able to forgive it as light-hearted fluff, but as it pushes out to the two hour mark it stretches your patience and gives you time to wonder what is going on.. This feels like a studio attempt to hit as many demographic quadrants as possible, but in the meantime they made a movie that is sitting in the in the middle of the road, eating a white-bread sandwich with easy listening music playing in the background.
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