The Intern

Synopsis: A retired 70-year-old widower, Ben (played by Robert De Niro), is bored with retired life. He applies to a be a senior intern at an online fashion retailer and gets the position. The founder of the company is Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), a tireless, driven, demanding, dynamic workaholic. Ben is made her intern, but this is a nominal role - she doesn't intend to give him work and it is just window dressing. However, Ben proves to be quite useful and, more than that, a source of support and wisdom.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Nancy Meyers
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  1 win & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
121 min

Freud said,

"Love and work. Work and love.

"That's all there is."

Well, I'm retired,

and my wife is dead.

As you can imagine,

that's given me

some time on my hands.

My wife's been gone

for three and a half years.

I miss her in every way.

And retirement?

That is an ongoing,

relentless effort

in creativity.

At first, I admit

I enjoyed the novelty of it.

Sort of felt like

I was playing hooky.

I used all the miles I'd saved

and traveled the globe.

The problem was,

no matter where I went,

as soon as I got home,

the nowhere-to-be thing

hit me like a ton of bricks.

I realized the key

to this whole deal

was to keep moving.

Get up, get out of the house,

and go somewhere. Anywhere.

Come rain or shine,

I'm at my Starbucks by 7:15.

Excuse me,

mind if we join you here?

Hey, how are ya?

Can't explain it,

but it makes me

feel part of something.

These guys today,

they're not numbers guys.

Don't talk figures with them.

How do I spend

the rest of my days?

You name it.

Golf, books, movies, pinochle

Tried yoga, learned to cook,

bought some plants,

took classes in Mandarin.

Translation, "Believe me,

I've tried everything."

And then, of course,

there are the funerals.

So many more

than I could imagine.

The only traveling I do

these days is out to San Diego

to visit my son

and his family.

They're great.

I love 'em to pieces.

But to be honest, I think

I probably relied on them

way more than I should.

Don't get me wrong,

I'm not an unhappy person.

Quite the contrary.

I just know

there's a hole in my life,

and I need to fill it.


Which brings me to today,

when I was leaving the market

and caught your flyer

out of the corner of my eye.


"Seniors, be an intern."


I thought that was you. Hi.


-What'd you find?

I think an Internet place

is looking for senior interns.

-Am I reading this right?

-Let me see.

"Applicants must be

over 65 years of age,

"have organizational skills,

"a genuine interest in

e-commerce," whatever that is,

"and a roll-up-your-sleeves


isn't that the Outfit

that Was...

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

They bought one of those

old factories in Red Hook.

My daughter says they sell

clothes on the Internet.

How that works,

I have no idea.

Well, you have to

upload the application.

That could be challenging.

Listen to this,

"Cover letters

are so old-fashioned.

"Show us who you are

with a cover-letter video.

"Upload your video

to YouTube or Vimeo

"using .mov, .avi,

or a .mpg file.

"We look forward

to meeting you."

Well, I guess

that's meeting me.

I swear I don't even know

what language that was.

What are you

doing tonight, Ben?

A frozen lasagna?

I could make a little salad,

turn it into a dinner for two,

like we did that time

and never did again.

You know that was

over five months ago?

Oh, yeah. No, no, we gotta

do that again, for sure,

but okay if we take

a rain check?

You're awful cute,

you know that?

No, I didn't.

Well, it's true, you are.

So I'll see you.

Don't take too long, doll.

You're not getting

any younger.

-I know, I know, I know.

-All right.

So here I am,

applying to be

one of your interns

because the more

I think about this idea,

the more tremendous

I think it is.

I love the idea of having

a place I can go every day.

I want the connection,

the excitement.

I wanna be challenged,

and I guess I might even

wanna be needed.

The tech stuff might

take a bit to figure out.

I had to call

my 9-year-old grandson

just to find out

what a USB connector was.

But I'll get there.

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Nancy Meyers

Nancy Jane Meyers (born December 8, 1949) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. She is the writer, producer and director of several big-screen successes, including The Parent Trap (1998), What Women Want (2000), Something's Gotta Give (2003), The Holiday (2006), It's Complicated (2009) and The Intern (2015). more…

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