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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Friendship knows no age or hierarchy. Believe in yourself, and learn from those who've come before you. Other issues/themes include "having it all" and dealing with infidelity.
Positive Role Models
Jules is kind, caring, driven, smart, and hardworking -- albeit over-stressed. Ben is polite, very observant, kind, and empathetic. Despite his age, he doesn't feel superior, nor does he feel the need to look down on others who may not be as experienced in life as he is. On the downside, the cast shows a remarkable lack of diversity.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some innuendo, prompted by a masseuse during a massage (references to sex, erections). Couples kiss while in bed. A married character is discovered to be cheating.
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Some swearing, including "s--t," "ass," and "bitch." One character gives another the finger while mouthing "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Many products/labels seen/mentioned, including Dell, Apple, iPhone, Audi, Sony, Samsung, Casio, Netflix, Skype, Gilt Group, Stella Artois, and Budweiser.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some social drinking. In one scene, a character downs shots and gets so drunk she throws up in a trash can. One character refers to needing a Xanax.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that despite being a bit formulaic, The Intern -- which stars Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway -- is a deeply felt, heartwarming movie about friendship, careers, and marriage. Although those are fairly serious themes, the movie takes a light touch with them, and teens may find its messages inspiring, particularly the reminders to believe in yourself and to learn from those who've come before you (though they may also take issue with its lack of diversity). Expect some swearing (mainly "ass" and its cousin, "badass," as well as "bitch" and "s--t"), and drinking (once to the point of getting drunk and throwing up), and a few suggestive jokes about erections and sex (plus kissing and a situation involving cheating). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.