Robert De Niro has played no small number of characters during his half-century in movies: gangster, boxer, bounty hunter, fire captain, cabbie, father-in-law. Now we can add office boy. Sort of. He stars opposite fellow Oscar winner Anne Hathaway in The Intern, a kind of May-December/odd-couple friendship tale from writer-director Nancy Meyers. The erstwhile Corleone stars as Ben, a 70-ish widower who joins a bustling fashion website as part of its Senior Intern Program. (Note to concerned attorneys and HR folks: No word on whether it’s a paid gig.) Anyway, he’s set up to work for Jules (Hathaway), the founder and CEO of the site. There are plenty of generation-gap jokes and shenanigans, but initial awkwardness gives way to mutual respect as Ben becomes much more than an intern to his colleagues, especially Jules.
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Warner Bros will release the Waverly Films pic, which initially had Reese Witherspoon in the CEO role. Rene Russo, Adam DeVine and Nat Wolff co-star. It’s Meyers’ first film since the 2009 Meryl Streep-Alec Baldwin-Steve Martin yarn It’s Complicated. Have a look at the first trailer for The Intern and tell us what you think.
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