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Issue: Spring 2015

The Intern (2015) movie review

Life Begins...

Ben (Robert di Niro) is a 70 year-old widower. He has travelled the world, tried hobbies and sports, and finds time is passing slowly. Then he discovers an ad for a "senior intern" - must be over 60. Suddenly he is back, but the world of an internet startup is very different.

Look at the poster and the title of this movie and you would think Jules (Anne Hathaway) is a Bright Young Intern about to learn from the Wise Old Owl Ben.

Ben impresses his would-be employers and they place him as the personal intern of the endlessly working Jules, whose vision is the business.

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Movie poster, The Intern

But Jules doesn't want an intern, really. What she wants is to run her company. What she is facing is the Venture Capitalists (VCs) who backed her company requesting that she step down as CEO.

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Robert di Niro and Anne Hathaway in The Intern

Ben proves that he has the patience to be ignored, the insight to be useful, and the worldly experience to gently guide his co-workers. He and Jules strike up a friendship that ultimately rewards both.

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Rene Russo plays the staff masseuse in The Intern

A Nancy Meyers film, we can expect The Intern to be fun, insightful, character-rich and generally engaging. This is not a romcom. It is a story about finding your own way, no matter what age you are.

Highly entertaining and satisfying.

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Anne Hathaway (left) as Jules in The Intern

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 1 October 2015
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Title: The Intern (2015)
Written by: Nancy Meyers
Directed by: Nancy Meyers
Running time: 121 mins

The Players: Robert di Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm, Mary Kay Place,

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