5 times we loved Anne Hathaway before ‘The Intern’

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‘He was being sarcastic!’ Anne Hathaway reveals Robert De Niro’s NOT a fan of The Bachelor after telling world he loves show.

NEW YORK — Robert De Niro let out a big laugh — as did his co-star — when asked about the scenes in “The Intern” when his character is given massages by Rene Russo. The actress plays the in-house massage therapist in the new Nancy Meyers film (opening Friday). “No, I didn’t complain,” quipped De Niro when I said he likely did not object if writer-director Meyers asked for repeated takes for those scenes. “It was very pleasant and we had a lot of fun. Emma Brockes was interviewing De Niro for Radio Times about his latest movie film “The Intern. ” Brockes asked De Niro if he is ever tempted to go on “autopilot” while filming, and how he feels about the Tribeca district of New York being overtaken by bankers.

Despite an appealing premise — Anne Hathaway attempts to successfully Lean In while wearing gorgeous cashmere sweaters — this doesn’t quite get the job done. Rene was so good, I think she could be a masseuse for real.” Laughing during this whole exchange, Hathaway chimed in with, “I think you also really loved it when she gave you a foot massage too!” De Niro nodded a vigorous agreement. “Yeah. Then De Niro asked Brockes to pause her recorder, and according to her then he “pops up out of his chair, starts pacing madly and says he’s cutting short the interview because of the ‘negative inference’ of what I just said.” (RELATED: Robert Downey Jr.

The emotions and situations are ready-to-wear, too, which makes the writer-director’s oeuvre (“What Women Want,” “Something’s Gotta Give,” “It’s Complicated”) entertaining and unthreatening when encountered in a date-night setting but practically useless for long-term investment. I’m not doing it, darling.’” “I have to say, now that you’re going on about it, it makes me think you were on auto-pilot and you’re super-sensitive about it,” Brockes said. The film is supposedly about the touching cross-generational relationship between a young Internet entrepreneur, Jules Ostin, and the senior citizen, Ben Whittaker, who starts as her intern and becomes her father figure. At first, Jules is reluctant to get close to the suit-wearing widower (and recent retiree) as he astutely assesses her frazzled life. “Too observant,” she complains to her associate via email from the backseat of the company car. (Guess which gent is behind the wheel.) Plus, hello? Jules’s 18-month-old company, About the Fit, is an online clothing boutique working out of a former Red Hook factory — in one of the less credible script tangents, we learn it’s the same building in which Ben labored for four decades — and in a fit of PC inclusiveness, she brings Ben and other seniors in as office gophers to work alongside the young coders with flannel shirts and baroque facial hair.

Hathaway is easily the best part of “The Intern,” giving sympathetic shadings to a role that’s written as a collection of morning-show discussion topics. Jules is a workaholic struggling to keep her young company afloat while maintaining a home life — in a gorgeous Park Slope brownstone, of course — with stay-at-home husband Matt (Anders Holm) and teeth-grittingly adorable daughter Paige (JoJo Kushner). There are crises at home, crises at work, the investors are pushing her to hire an experienced CEO — what’s a businesswoman to do but sit in the conference room and cry?

It’s a credit to the Oscar-winning actors, who share an endearing father-daughter-like rapport, that their tender relationship is completely genuine. It’s a fantasy and a flattering one, and Lord knows we go to the movies for that. “The Intern” is welcome in its insistence that those who’ve been around long enough to have life experience might have much to teach those who haven’t.

He dresses impeccably, knows how to reel Jules in when she gets drunk with the staff, helps her with her marital troubles and business decisions, goes for tai chi classes in the park, provides helpful feminist advice (!), and recalls his 42-year marriage as an unbroken span of bliss. Put him in a nightshirt and he’d be Clarence the angel from “It’s a Wonderful Life.” De Niro is likable and professional in the role, and that’ll be enough for the movie’s mainstream target audience. Indeed, the set decor in her movies — think Diane Keaton’s Hamptons house in Something’s Got to Give — is often more breathtaking than any CGI effect. There’s even a scene that puts Ben in front of a mirror, not to snarl “You talkin’ to me?” but to ensure he’s presentably bland enough to please his new boss.

It’s unclear what Meyers is truly trying to say about a woman who wants the career and the family — that it’s impossible to have it all unless unpaid and unconditional support is nearby?

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