Sep 24, 2015

    A perfect date movie for women and their dads


    Comedy drama/121 minutes/Opens today

    Rating: 3/5

    The story:

    Seventy-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) feels like something is missing in his life after retirement. Determined to make a change, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion company owned by the formidable Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway).

    HATHAWAY has graduated from being the fashion intern in The Devil Wears Prada to the big boss in The Intern.

    It feels like a natural progression for Hathaway, who gets to tap into her funny, goofy side while showing real gravitas.

    For those who used to revile the United States actress for looking too perfect or fake during the awards season in 2013, which culminated in her cloying Best Supporting Actress Oscar acceptance speech for Les Miserables, we are pleased to announce that "Hathahate" is officially over.

    As Jules, Hathaway is at once powerful and vulnerable, making firm decisions about her fashion retail business, but also prone to puking on the street after too many tequila shots.

    The chemistry between Hathaway and De Niro is fantastic and the easy friendship that develops between the two is the anchor for the whole movie.

    De Niro turns up his "old gentleman" charm, whether he's extolling the virtues of the handkerchief or cracking jokes about his impending death.

    The Intern is focused on their mentor-mentee relationship - Jules' marriage issues with her stay-home husband are just a side plot.

    Still, it is a sweet flick with plenty of "aww" moments, peppered with wisdom and insight.

    Actually, it will make for a better "date" movie for any woman and her dad.