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The Intern – Beats All Expectations! Absolutely Fab!

By Ranny Levy

The Intern stars Robert De Niro as 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker who discovers 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) KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Harmony M (age 16) comments, “Add The Intern to your list of “must-watch” movies because this delightful comedy beats all expectations.” Mia A. (age 11) adds, “I love the relationship between Jules and Ben because it is realistic and heartwarming.  Ben is funny without trying to be, is friendly and kind and would make a very good grandpa or Dad. “  See their full reviews below. 

The Intern

By Harmony M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

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Add The Intern to your list of “must-watch” movies because this delightful comedy beats all expectations. The film is about charming, 70-year-old Ben Whittaker, played by Robert De Niro, and his quest to join the work force after already being retired. Upon receiving the position of a senior intern at an online fashion website, he finds himself bonding with all the other young co-workers and is immediately loved by everyone. Ben is then assigned to intern for the owner of the company, Jules Ostin, and their opposite personalities create a bond between them that helps them through their lives.

The film’s outstanding choice of actors really impacts the quality of the movie because if Robert De Niro didn’t play Ben, I wouldn’t have been as attached to his character. The character development is the biggest aspect of the movie and, since they use great actors, they successfully win the hearts of the audience and build a bond with the viewer instantly.

I am really impressed with the comedy because I feel as though comedies these days are too desperate to be funny and it’s really obvious. They often throw in as many famous people as they can and have an under-developed plot to make the movie feel like a joke that should not be taken seriously. The Intern, however, is hilarious while remaining sophisticated. It is surprisingly funny and I caught myself cracking up all the time. The plot is very well developed and includes plot twists and a climax that I honestly would not expect.

The ending is fulfilling which saved me from my fear of being left hanging or disappointed since the whole movie leading up to it is amazing. The film is enjoyable for people of all interests, ages and genders because it’s an all around feel-good movie that you don’t need to be in a certain mood to watch.

The dialogue is insanely natural and realistic which makes it hard for me to believe that the lines are from a script. The little details like facial expressions or even a comment said under a character’s breath really made the movie authentic. I also enjoyed the amazing storyline and moral messages.

I will definitely watch this film again and encourage my friends and family to watch it as well because it is worth seeing.  This film is best suited for ages of 13 to 18 as well as adult and I give it 4 ½ out of 5 stars.  Check it out coming to theaters near you on September 25th!

The Intern

By Mia A, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

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The Intern, directed by Nancy Meyers, is very funny and entertaining.  While this film is not action packed or suspenseful, I enjoyed every minute and genuinely cared about the characters.

The story is about a retired widow named Ben (Robert De Niro) who is looking for something to fill the empty spaces in his life, so he becomes an intern at a fashion industry business.  He ends up interning for Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway) and tags along while she lives her crazy life. It is hard for her to be a wife, mother, run an online fashion business and do everything well.   The Intern is what I like to call a “mutt genre,” combining more than one genre in one movie – in this case it is comedy and drama.

I love the relationship between Jules and Ben because it is realistic and heartwarming.  Ben is funny without trying to be, is friendly and kind and would make a very good grandpa or Dad.  My mom says that Robert De Niro is in a lot of what our family calls “shoot ‘em up, kill ‘em up” movies.  He must be a really good actor because the character he plays in this movie, Ben is so kind and sensitive.

I have been a big Anne Hathaway fan since Ella Enchanted was released and this is one of my favorite movies that she has been in.  She is completely believable as Jules.  My favorite character though is Becky (Christina Scherer) because she is hilarious in a dramatically funny kind of way.  I hope that she will be in other movies because I can easily become a fan. The acting is very strong and all the actors pull together a perfectly wonderful film which I appreciate.

The message to this story is that there will always be someone in life to help you through your problems.  Jules is surprised that the person who helps her is not who she thought it would be. Family is not always blood related, your closet family can be anyone, even friends.

I recommend The Intern for ages 12 to 18 due to mild language and suggestive and awkward touching.  I rate it 5 out of 5 sparkling golden stars.   If you are looking for an entertaining movie that is easy to watch, go see The Intern in theatres near you starting September 25.

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Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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