Why ‘The Intern’s’ Anne Hathaway Is a Movie Star Who Prefers Supporting Roles

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘The Intern’ review: The plot is predictable but breezy.

NEW YORK — In “The Intern” Anne Hathaway is a go-getting e-commerce winner, a mother, wife and boss who discovers the value of having an older, more experienced person to vent to, share with and question. Writer/director Nancy Meyers’ latest dramedy The Intern (** out of four; rated PG-13; opens Friday nationwide) posits a left-field concept — a senior citizen being hired as an intern for an e-commerce fashion company — and spirals out of control from there, only keeping somewhat on the tracks thanks to the A-list acting talent involved. That person is her 70-year-old intern Ben (Robert De Niro) and their often comic collision and ultimate understanding is a large part of what makes “The Intern” hum.

It marginalizes what she does, and how she has, from “The Parent Trap” to “It’s Complicated,” created her own lovely and implausible cottage industry of movies that are, for the most part, exceedingly pleasant to watch. Robert De Niro entering office space to the tune of All About That Bass is legitimately the most absurd thing he’s done on film in forever — at least since asking about milking a cat in Meet the Parents — yet it also happens to be the most realistic scene of the relentlessly fluffy Intern. She may be a huge Hollywood starlet in her own right, but on Tuesday, Sept. 22, became a giddy fan girl at the NYC premiere of her own film, The Intern, when none other than walked the red carpet right behind her.

Hathaway, 32, found playing a woman as complex as Jules pretty educational. “What’s great is how Nancy (Meyers, the writer/director) made observations about how old school meets the new world, and each is made better because of the other. “Jules is a private person. And while it attempts to explore the unlikely relationship that blooms between a formidable female boss Jules Ostin (Hathaway) and senior ‘intern’ Ben Whittaker (God bless DeNiro), it takes a few unscheduled stops at feminist lane and relationship square. Bored after traveling the world and feeling a hole in his life that morning yoga sessions just won’t fill, 70-year-old retired widower Ben Whittaker (De Niro) decides to take a flyer on working at About the Fit, a hip new startup that, for some reason never really explained, has decided to have more aging interns than Millennial ones. In hilarious footage captured by The Associated Press, the Oscar-winning actress, 32, is in the middle of an interview when she suddenly notices that the “We Belong Together” singer is directly behind her. “I’m freaking out.

She’s so dedicated to her company, she dreads the idea that anything in her personal life could impact her ability to do her job and keep the company going. “So she doesn’t really have anyone to confide in — and then she meets Ben and their friendship develops, and she winds up opening up to him and taking his advice because she really, really respects him. Meyers is one of the more retro writer-directors working today. “The Intern,” her first film in six years, is a curious case, melding together those modern retro sensibilities in a way that even further distances her work from reality. He blows in like Manly Poppins, vintage briefcase in tow, to teach young guys how to be less schlubby and more worthy of their Y chromosome, while also being assigned to assist the company’s CEO, Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway). Like, she’s two arms’ lengths away right now,” she tells the reporter as she grins goofily at the camera, trying her best not to make it obvious that she’s geeking out over Carey. “It’s just the best glamorous ever,” she says at another point, unable to articulate her emotions. “That’s not even a sentence, ’it’s just the best glamorous ever.’ I went to college. And it’s really excellent advice.” “Up till now I’ve made a lot of my movies from a place of insecurity and neuroses and self-doubt, and when we started,” Hathaway said at the Crosby Street Hotel, “Nancy and I saw the character in two different ways. “I had this moment where I was, ‘Oh, we see it different ways.

I didn’t graduate!” Hathaway (who attended but did not graduate Vassar College) then gets flustered when the reporter suggests she go up and introduce herself to the music legend. Am I going to feel so uncomfortable the entire time if I’m not following my instincts?’ “So, it became this wonderful exercise in being guided, which is very new for me.

He is the wise fatherfigure who slowly finagles his way into her life and warms up to the gaggle of side characters, including Ostin’s stay-at-home husband Matt (Holm) and adorable daughter. Her company is growing too fast, says her nondescript second-in-command (Andrew Rannells), so they may need to bring in outside help to run the business the right way. With only the most polite issues peppering the plot, it’s less a study of generational conflict and more of a series of loosely connected events about a guardian angel sent out of retirement to tell Anne Hathaway that she really can have it all.

At the 2013 Oscars, Jennifer Lawrence memorably freaked out when Jack Nicholson interrupted her interview post-Best Actress win for Silver Linings Playbook to tell her she “did such a beautiful job.” The Intern is about as edgy as a pillow fight in the Macy’s bedding department, and the closest this thing gets to an actual villain are judgy stay-at-home moms.

In the past year and a half, she has built an insanely successful clothing business from the ground up and is now juggling a kid, her relationship with her stay-at-home husband, and a board of directors who want to replace her with a more seasoned CEO. There is also token lip service to the cause of working women, but one appreciates that the writer (also Meyers) understands that not everything needs to be tied up with a neat bow tie.

And the iconic actor also does well opposite all the young dudes in the office (from Adam DeVine’s office suavemeister to Zack Pearlman as Ben’s clingy colleague) as Ben drops knowledge regularly about the importance of handkerchiefs and a good suit. What will make longtime De Niro fans cringe is him spending an endless 30 seconds excessively blinking his eyes or Ben’s silent vocabulary of expressions he uses to communicate with Jules, including a “You go, girl!” look and a “You so crazy!” smirk. It can be cloying at times, but the disconnected timelessness of it all is all the more reason for Meyers to keep doing her own thing as long as she can.

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