A cross between the 90s movie ‘Picture Perfect’ (starring Jennifer Aniston) and the tear-jerking cartoon ‘Up’, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the ‘The Intern’ was more than your standard rom-com.
In fact, the movie covers a variety of very real issues such as sexism in the workplace and the glass ceiling, the balance between work and home life, marriage roles, and the pressures of being an entrepreneur.
Robert de Niro plays the endearing 70 year old widower, Ben Whittaker, who joins a Senior Internship Programme for an upcoming online fashion store in a bid to fill the lonely days of his retirement. Much to his surprise, Ben is assigned to the company’s high-strung creator and boss, Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway).
Jules is initially skeptical of Ben, but it’s not long before a friendship blossoms on a basis of mutual respect.
However, it quickly becomes apparent that whilst Jules is incredibly successful, she is struggling to cope with the rapid growth of her company. Moreover, with a stay-at-home husband who gave up his high flying career to support her dreams, and a young (and adorable!) daughter in need of attention, Jules finds it almost impossible to keep her home life happy.
A heart-warming and inspiring comedy, this is one movie that every working girl needs to watch.
I couldn’t help but be inspired by the movie and its two leading characters, and the awesome career lessons that we can learn from both of them, so I thought I would write 7 things we can all take away from ‘The Intern’:
[Warning: Contains spoilers!]