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The Intern

Rated PG-13 121 minutes 2015

In this crowd-pleasing rom-com by Nancy Meyers (Something's Gotta Give), a bored, widowed retiree (Robert De Niro) hires on as an intern for an online clothing boutique launched by a harried millennial overachiever (Anne Hathaway). Like no other Hollywood writer-director, Meyers has carved out a niche market for herself with sitcom-lite stories for middle-aged and elderly women, as evidenced here by the De Niro character's mentoring of the clueless, unshaven hipsters populating the company's open-floor-plan office (he teaches them to carry a handkerchief in case a woman needs it to cry into). There are a few good laughs, but they struggle to survive amid the syrupy score, overlit interiors, and smothering sense of middle-class entitlement. Rene Russo turns up as De Niro's age-appropriate love interest; they were better together playing Boris and Natasha in The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle.

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Director: Nancy Meyers

Producer: Nancy Meyers, Suzanne Farwell, Celia Costas and Steven Mnuchin

Cast: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm, JoJo Kushner, Andrew Rannells, Adam Devine, Zack Pearlman, Jason Orley, Christina Scherer, Nat Wolff, Linda Lavin and Celia Weston


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