Synopsis: A 70-year-old widower, bored with retirement life, decides to apply for a position of a senior (citizen) intern at an online fashion site, looking for some fulfilment in life. In addition to finding the fulfillment he craves, he also finds love and happiness, touching the lives of those he interacts with, most notably his boss.
Retirement is an ongoing, relentless effort in creativity. You can try yoga, like to cook, bought some plants, took classes in Mandarin. Believe me, I’ve tried everything. I just know there’s a hole in my life and I need to fill it… soon. – Ben
This movie was what one would call a slow burn, but yet not in a bad way. I wouldn’t say there was much of a conflict or a climax to a conflict, but rather a steady character development from the beginning to the end of the two hours. Robert De Niro played the role of Ben to perfection. Ben brought a calming and fatherly influence to the lives of everyone, even to the skeptical Jules (Anne Hathaway). He was also able to forge relationships with the other interns and providing grooming and dress tips. He provided relationship advice to Jason, who wouldn’t know how to handle women if his life depended on it (he slept with the roommate of the girl he was dating and texted her “a billion” times with sad emoji’s to apologize). He provided a temporary place for Davis to stay after his parents told him he had to move out, while encouraging him to get his own place. He also bonds on a more intimate scale with the office Masseuse, Fiona. But his impact was felt the most on Jules. les herself was very reluctant about the senior intern. She barely utilized his skills in the beginning, but they eventually started to interact more when Ben became her driver (after Ben caught the previous driver drinking on the job). Jules even tried to ship him off to someone else because he was a “too observant” but they eventually struck up a friendship, and by the end of the movie she was referring to him as her best friend. In the midst of the crisis in her marriage and her business (the board wanted to appoint a CEO with more experience with the business aspect, meaning she would have less control over her business and have to report to someone) Ben encouraged her not to make a decision based on anyone else’s needs, but what is best for her and her business.
You started this business all by yourself a year and a half ago and now you have a staff of 220 people. Remember who did that. – Ben
The truth is, something about you makes me feel calm, more centered or something. I could use that, obviously. – Jules
The struggle Jules was experiencing with hiring a new CEO was obvious from the time she was given the news early on in the movie, finding something wrong with most of the candidates. Her husband for his own reasons wasn’t in tune with how hard it was for her relinquishing some control of something she built from the ground up and wanted her to hire someone. However, Ben recognized the struggle and was there for her, epitomizing his sensitivity as a person. Meanwhile, Jules was also struggling with the knowledge that Matt was cheating on her with a mother of a child in their daughter’s class. His affair was another reason why she was considering hiring a CEO so she would have more time for him and their family. However, Ben again convinced her not to give up what she loved to stop her husband from cheating on her. In the end, after confronting him about the affair, they took a small step towards salvaging their marriage.
Jules’ character, as indicated previously, experienced the most development. Although she found it increasingly difficult with each passing day to juggle being a mother, a wife and a successful owner of a fast growing business, Ben was there for her and ensured that nothing got too far out of control. He was a calming influence in her life, assisting in all three of those areas while still encouraging her to be the best version of herself possible for her…not anyone else.
One of the great things about the movie is the lack of ageist themes. This could have easily been a movie where everyone hated the older guy and made fun of him and he had to overcome those challenges (cliché much) but it shows how persons can be accepting of those around them given their personality traits regardless of age, gender or race. All in all, this movie might not be suited for someone that likes action and fast paced movies. However, if you are looking for something with a good story and some good character growth this is ideal for you. Overall Rating 8⁄10
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