Ben (Robert Di Niro) is a retired widower. His days are filled with nothing to do and no one to share his life with.
Spotting a flyer on the cafe’s physical bulletin board Ben decides to apply for a “Senior Internship Program” at a local Internet-based start up. He figures out how to make a video resume and post it to Youtube (with the help of his 9 year old grandson) and kills the interviews.
He is hired as the Intern for company founder, stressed out, bitchy, Jules (Anne Hathaway), who tells Ben she has nothing for him to do, but, if she figures something out, she will email him.
Sitting at his desk waiting for the email, Ben befriends the young kids at the company and meets the older company masseuse, Fiona (Rene Russo).
“The Intern” is an excellent life perspective from both the young and the old.
The young Jules, in addition to starting and running a booming Internet-based company is married with a young child but is having marital problems. There is pressure at work to hire a CEO to help her run the business (she does not want to do this).
The old Ben, provides a steady calm voice for Jules. His years of experience (in both life and business) help Jules run the start-up (which, interestingly, is located the same building he spent 20 years working for a now defunct phone book company).
From another real-life perspective, the movie shows how the workplace is changing from individual 10 x 10 box offices to open collaborative spaces called coworking (FYI…I opened a coworking location in 2009 and sold it in 2014). It also shows that retirement is not all it’s cracked up to be and that older folks enjoy working and being involved, and can still provide valuable input, even if the technology might be running away from them.
Go to IMDb for more information. We watched this using Chromecast and Google Play.
Drive Safe! Never Forget.