THE INTERN

“The Intern” stars Academy Award winner Robert De Niro as a 70 year-old widower, Ben Whittaker, 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 32 year-old entrepreneur Jules Ostin, (Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway).

I loved this movie. I found myself laughing out loud all the way through the film. Of course there were some serious moments but just when you were about to get sad and weepy, something funny would be said or would happen. Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway were superb. I loved De Niro’s facial expressions; they were precious. Most think of De Niro as a serious actor but he does comedy extraordinarily well. I would like to see him in more comedies.

The stars are surrounded by an extremely able and funny cast: Rene Russo, Linda Lavin, Andes Holm. Andrew Rannels, Adam DeVine, and Zach Perlman but six year-old

JoJo Kushner, as Hathaway’s daughter steals every scene she’s in. What a cutie.

“The Intern” was written by and directed by Nancy Meyers. Meyers has written and directed other comedies such as “The Parent Trap,” “Something’s Gotta Give,” and “It’s Complicated” and many more. Meyers is the highest grossing female director in Hollywood. “The Intern” was brilliantly scripted. The first half was very funny. The second half transitioned from the office to Jules’ family problems and presented the audience with a more serious turn of events.

The audience at Wehrenberg’s Des Peres 14 Cine screening on Monday night applauded when the film ended. I interviewed approximately fifteen to twenty people coming out of the movie and they all said they enjoyed it. One woman said that she was definitely going to buy the DVD when it came out because “the Intern” was a keeper. I even interviewed a ten year-old and she said she thought it was funny.

“The Intern” is a refreshing change of pace; it is clean WITHOUT lots of sex, obscenities, and gratuitous violence. If you want to see a well-written feel-good movie, then “The Intern” is the movie for you.

“The Intern” opens Friday at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12. AMC Eastgate Showplace 6 did not have their movies listed online when I wrote this review.

The Telegraph’s contributing movie critic Mary Cox lives in Wood River and is a member of the St. Louis Film Critics Association, who also occasionally writes about film-related topics, studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in L.A. with various directors and industry professionals. She can be reached at mlcwriter@charter.net.