The Intern: A Movie Review

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It was a good one! It got 4 thumbs up…two from me and two from the wife. “The Intern” stars Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway and Rene Russo. They all gave fabulous performances and helped us to get to know ourselves better and the characters around us. 
 
The movie is about a senior citizen (De Niro), retired, widowed but still has some gas in the tank. He applies for an internship for older workers in a successful internet-based company that is two years old. He is the dinosaur, surrounded by youth, and the up and coming.
               
 In addition to the headliners, there were several other characters that were fun and foundational for this light-hearted comedy who also did well at sharing light on some of life’s losses. 
 
There was a book back in the 70’s called Passages, which talked about how life gives us many predictable crisis, and it is how we handle them, that leads to a successful passage, and a sense of personal integrity. The film depicts pictures of different life passages.
 
 An intern is often a person working in a professional setting, desiring to gain knowledge, technical training, or guidance that will lead to a successful career. I have supervised many interns over the past 25 years and now some of them work with me, and are a heck of a lot smarter than me. I myself have sought wisdom from them, and my life is better as a result.
 
 In this movie, intern De Niro brings a lifetime of wisdom to his internship experience, which enables others around him to solve work, relationship, and life problems.
 
The key to success in life, which was well portrayed in the film, is to seek wisdom from many sources, but also to use the information given. In counseling, many people are given guidance, but go back to drugging, cheating, or whatever was their choice of dysfunction.
 
When faced with a work or life problem, we can withdraw or reach out. Ms. Hathaway had both as the manager of a very successful company she built. The film does well depicting the development of relationships, and the potential for rebuilding them. At times, it hurt your heart to witness common human struggles, but you were later lifted up.
 
There was a Tai Chi metaphor in the movie which to me spoke volumes. You learn Tai Chi from a master or leader. It requires patience, time, and a willingness to submit to the will or direction of someone more experienced in the art. What are the benefits? The activity, like many others, can give you a sense of centeredness and peace. It helps you to focus on breathing, the movements, and getting out of the self. Sometimes, pursuing the self can lead us into really bad situations, which was also portrayed well in the film.
 
I believe my age and gender made this a better movie than it might be for a “youngin”. Since I am on the rim of retirement and attend a lot of funerals, it resonated with me. Both the wife and I were encouraged by the movie, as a positive peek of things to come. I personally, am not interested in more learning curves, but they will come, like it or not. If you want to learn a few things or be reminded of the good stuff you already know, check out “The Intern.” You will learn, laugh, and I hope, love the movie too!