The Intern: Laughter, tears, and old people jokes

When I first walked into the movie theater, the first thing that hit me was that my friend and I were basically the only teenagers in the entire room. Suddenly, I was unsure of our movie choice— was the Intern not appropriate for teens? But as the lights dimmed, I dismissed all my worries and focused on the opening scene.

The movie starts off like many others, with the protagonist, Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro), strolling through town with his groceries, contemplating life, and idyllic music carrying on in the background. He finds himself drawn to a flyer hiring senior interns for an online fashion company About the Fit and decides to apply.

The movie quickly transitions to Ben’s first day on the job, and the first thing I noticed when he stepped into the company was Macs. Macs! Macs galore! Nice going, Apple. Ben humorously struggles to turn his Macbook on, as he meets his three younger colleagues, Jason (Adam DeVine), Davis (Zack Pearlman), and Lewis (Jason Orley).

Afterwards, Ben goes to greet Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), founder of About the Fit and the mentor for his internship. At first, Jules is curt towards Ben, thinking she does not need an intern, especially not a senior intern, but they quickly bond and become friends, as Ben offers Jules valuable advice on both her work and her personal life. The movie anchors on Jules’ predicament of finding a CEO for her blooming company, as Ben serves as her guide of sorts along the way.

As a movie about a fashion company, one of the most appealing aspects of The Intern was the aesthetics of the company building. The building was very modern and open and nicely decorated. Even though the building was only the background for the movie, it stood out. Jules also possesses a chic fashion sense (being the founder of a fashion company and all), and it definitely adds to the development of her commanding presence.

As the movie moves on, both comical and sentimental scenes are artfully intertwined to make the audience laugh and cry all at once. I found myself on the verge of tears, yet still laughing at Ben’s stream of old people jokes.

Since both Ben and Jules are designed to be witty, the constant influx of jokes kept me giggling. I laughed at their every interaction: when they are at work, in the car, at a restaurant. Though the amount of jokes everywhere was a bit overwhelming, even for a comedy, I still found myself enjoying and savoring every last pun.

That said, although The Intern was a comedy, it touched on a lot of larger issues that are prevalent today. First off, Jules is a working mother while her husband is a stay-at-home dad, and she gets scorned by the other housewives for neglecting her child. She struggles between caring for her family and staying on top of her job, and even considers hiring a CEO to relieve some of her stress.

The movie also teaches compassion for older people, as Jules learns to appreciate Ben’s experience and advice. She is able to depend on him as a steady source of assurance and as someone to lean on when she is stressed from work. Ben acts as a mentor figure not only for Jules, but also for his other colleagues, who go to him for advice on work, relationships, and family.

Overall, The Intern was a very fun movie. It had the perfect combination of both sweet and sour moments. Though my friend and I were the only teenagers in the movie theater, I walked out of the room satisfied and I would not hesitate to rewatch The Intern again.

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