The Intern Review Nancy Meyers

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‘Oh my god, I’m freaking out!’ Star struck Anne Hathaway loses her cool as Mariah Carey shows up to premiere for new movie The Intern.

You know that person you meet who’s so nice and smart and accommodating, who’s almost predictably wonderful it’s kind of annoying at first — but then you stop resisting and realize it’s not an act, and you come to kinda love being around that individual? Robert De Niro is known for generally avoiding press and being a reluctant interviewee, though he has been working the media circuit while promoting his new film, The Intern, co-starring Anne Hathaway and directed by lover of great lighting and luxe kitchens Nancy Meyers.

The 31-year-old Oscar-winning actress was interviewed at the event, held at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York, gushing over the superstar singer’s presence and also revealing herself to be too shy to go up and talk to her.When a reporter told her Carey was spotted getting her hair brushed off to the side before stepping out on the carpet, Hathaway couldn’t put together a sentence. “That’s just the best glamorous ever.

But one particular interview with the Radio Times set the legendary actor off, resulting in him walking out, saying “I’m not doing this, darling.” Although this is behaviour most recognize De Niro for in the press, it was when Brockes asked how he resists the temptation to go into “autopilot” mode on set, followed by her observation that the Tribeca district of New York (where De Niro co-founded a film festival) has been taken over by bankers, that the 72-year-old actor decided to call it quits, asking her to pause her recorder. De Niro stars as retired, lonely, bored 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker, looking to fill his time in Brooklyn with some worthwhile activity, who responds to an ad for an experimental senior intern as part of a community outreach program. She wrote in the magazine, “He then 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.” “‘What, about the bankers?!’ I am amazed. ‘All the way through,’ says De Niro. ‘All the way through. Anne Hathaway plays fashion entrepreneur and wife-and-mother Jules Ostin, the founder, president, and overworked micromanager of About the Fit, a startup e-commerce fashion retailer.

I’m not doing it, darling.’” While Brockes insisted she was questioning De Niro about his acting methods, the actor replied, “You’re probably not even aware that you’re doing it. The platonic, across-the-generations friendship between boss and intern is the kind of non-romantic relationship we don’t encounter on the movie screen very often. Ah, but with the reliable and consistent veteran writer-director Nancy Meyers (“Baby Boom,” “Father of the Bride,” “What Women Want,” “Something’s Gotta Give”) at the helm, and De Niro and Hathaway meshing in terrific fashion and delivering utterly charming performances, “The Intern” invites us to settle in from the start and practically throws a fleece blanket over our legs and asks us if we’d like some popcorn. And the script allows us to accept their relationship on those terms – more father-daughter than anything else — by bringing in Rene Russo as the flirtatious company masseuse to provide a romantic interest for Ben.

And it had been a big moment for her, as it was the first time she had made a public appearance with her new boyfriend, Australian billionaire James Packer. In The Intern, out now in the UAE, De Niro plays a bored widower who gets accepted into an internship programme for senior citizens at an e-commerce company, run by Hathaway’s character.

Let’s be frank, the great De Niro sometimes phones it in some of these latter-years comedy roles he takes, but he’s focused and likable and clearly having a good time playing Ben Whittaker, a 70-year-old widower and retired exec who was once the top sales and marketing guy with a company that produced phone books. (This is the first of many, many, many reminders: Ben is old and comes from a different time. The couple, who spent much of this summer holidaying together through Europe, looked loved-up on the red carpet, and completely comfortable for their first official showbiz outing. But while he has often seemed uncomfortable in roles that lack a sharp neurotic edge, he seems perfectly comfortable inside the skin of this improbably patient, affable, and humble dispenser of wisdom to the twentysomethings. Her unique dress, designed by her personal stylist Penny Lovell, was a single-sleeved number in black, with an asymmetric glittery skirt complete with a feathered hemline. ‘He’s such a legend!

He’s Bob De Niro!’ Anne told TODAY Online Monday of the 72-year-old acting icon, revealing herself once again to be star struck in the face of iconic talent. ‘You’d expect that to factor into his consciousness in some level. The actress returns to her comedic roots after several very serious roles in Les Miserables and Interstellar, and her very involvement can’t help but bring to mind The Devil Wears Prada, with Hathaway elsewhere on the corporate hierarchy. Not a rom-com as much as a calm-com, The Intern is a changeup from Meyers, bravely veering away from romance and moving in the direction of a character-driven friendship in which the characters genuinely appreciate each other.

But Ben is so great, it’s only a matter of weeks before he’s driving Jules around the city, getting to know her stay-at-home husband (Anders Holm) and their ridiculously adorable daughter (JoJo Kushner) and becoming a member of her inner circle. Ben also becomes a mentor to the other interns, literally and figuratively cleans up the office — and catches the eye of the on-site masseuse (Rene Russo, looking spectacular at 61) who doles out back rubs and foot rubs to the employees, because that’s how cool this company is. You know?’ In Nancy Meyers’ The Intern, the Interstellar star plays Jules Ostin, a fashion e-commerce company CEO, who bonds with her 70-year-old intern Ben Whittaker (De Niro).

With some genuinely insightful dialogue, a number of truly funny bits of physical business, and small scenes allowing us to get know and like a half-dozen supporting players, “The Intern” grows us on from scene to scene, from moment to moment.

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