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The Intern

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Comedy about work, marriage is winning despite clichés.

Movie PG-13 2015 121 minutes
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Based on 6 parent reviews

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A sweet encounter of two generations

My 12 year old daughter and I watched this movie on Netflix and we really enjoyed it. A very sweet protecting experienced De Niro - made us think of my father the entire film... and the youngster little by little appreciating of his calm, experience and wisdom... probably not necessarily realistic how everyone in the young company gets to appreciate him, but it is quite adorable. Some sexy moments that can be “explained” with a diversion (the older guy having an erection while getting massaged and another guy getting an impression that a lady is giving him a fellation when she is actually massaging his leg) Or that won’t even be understood by a younger kid, that seemed unnecessary but in general a rather innocent movie. Some drinking, but Anne Hathaway is so ill after getting drunk And De Niro trying to get her to stop with insisting looks, it is not portrayed as positive. Anyhow, we Had some good laughs and found it quite endearing.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (21 ):

THE INTERN wears its very big heart on its (stylish) sleeve, and it's none the worse for it. Director Nancy Meyers knows how to examine the real concerns women face -- how to have a fulfilling career and personal life while continuing to grow as a person -- with humor, compassion, and grace. Hathaway is winning as Jules, a woman who may be on the brink of a nervous breakdown but is so compassionate that you can't help but adore her despite her flaws. She meets her match in Ben, portrayed by De Niro with such warmth you can't help but love him, too.

The movie isn't without its flaws, including a stunning lack of diversity for a movie set in NYC and an oversimplified exploration of the challenges of juggling work and marriage. Nonetheless, Meyers deserves credit for even tackling this thorny subject -- including the tired but sadly still present tug-of-war between stay-at-home moms and working moms -- and presenting a nuanced approach to marital challenges. Ditto for attempting to portray a successful young businesswoman who's neither cut-throat nor ineffective, just overwhelmed and needing to find herself in the process, too.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 25, 2015
  • On DVD or streaming: January 19, 2016
  • Cast: Anne Hathaway , Robert De Niro , Nat Wolff
  • Director: Nancy Meyers
  • Inclusion Information: Female directors, Female actors
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Run time: 121 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: some suggestive content and brief strong language
  • Last updated: December 1, 2022

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