guest post by Stephen "the Big" Diehl
Short premise--retired widower (Robert De Niro) bored with retirement after years of running a successful business applies (and is accepted) to an internship at a fashion website owned by a young, driven, successful businesswoman (Anne Hathaway). The movie seemed like a combination of Disney/Pixar's "Up" and "Devil Wears Prada" with a lit bit of "Princess Diaries" thrown in for good measure. It is a thoroughly enjoyable mix of funny and sentiment that had me consistently laughing from start to finish.
While I couldn't necessarily relate to the story of the young, driven businesswoman and mother, I definitely could relate to a number of elements and themes touched upon by the movie that I'm sure other men my age would also find relate-able. For example, the classic retired parents that struggle to fill their time post-retirement while struggling with things like using technology that we younger men consider pretty basic. When I saw Robert De Niro struggle with a laptop I couldn't help but think of the countless calls I've had with my parents trying to help troubleshoot basic technical issues. Also, seeing as how I'm one-half of a couple looking towards a bright future together, I can appreciate the challenges that I'll face like (God-willing) balancing child-rearing responsibilities, work, and household chores all while making time in our busy days to make each other feel special. It's themes like these (among others) that make the movie innately relate-able and enjoyable. De Niro and Hathaway play well off each other while selling the movie and drawing the viewer into their trials and tribulations. These issues range from minor quibbles, such as what to do with an overabundance of throw pillows, to more serious relationship troubles.
This movie probably isn't appropriate for very young children (it has a PG-13 rating although there's nothing too risque but kids might get a little bored), but it will make for a great date-night movie. The ladies will appreciate the "girl power" message and female perspective while the men will appreciate the humor. Maybe the men will even be inspired by Mr. De Niro to be suit-wearing classic gentlemen themselves and start carrying handkerchiefs in their pockets in case the special lady in their life needs one. I recommend checking out "The Intern" as I think you'll be in for a good time. In theaters today!
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