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I’ll admit it. I, every so often, catch a movie on the Hallmark Channel.
They’re sappy and you know a happy ending is coming. But that’s okay. It’s good to get away from the real world every now and then and see a world where everything is good and it all eventually works out.
“The Intern”, which came out last September, is a on a much higher quality level than the usual Hallmark Channel fare. But it’s a nice little movie about people you can’t help but like.
Academy Award winner Robert De Niro, plays Ben Whittaker, a widower and a retired business executive who gets hired by an online clothes company as part of a senior intern program.
Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway plays Jules Ostin, the founder and CEO of the company. Whittaker eventually goes to work for Ostin and a friendship develops.
“The Intern” has two major plot points. It is the story of a man trying to adjust to a workplace environment that wasn’t there when he was working. And it is a story of a woman trying to balance both family life and work life. Ostin is under pressure to hire a CEO to help take some of the workload away from her as the company struggles to live up to its original success.
Neither De Niro and Hathaway break any new acting ground, but they didn’t have to. If the script were a baseball game, they didn’t need to hit a home run. A double works just fine.
The film was written and directed by Nancy Meyers whose last movie was “It’s Complicated” with Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin in 2009.
Another familiar face in “The Intern” is Rene Russo, who plays the massage therapist of the company and becomes De Niro’s love interest.
I love films that are at a quick pace and deliver big laughs or big action. But every so often, I like to give my cinematic senses an experience of seeing a character-driven movie with a happy ending “The Intern” accomplishes that.

RATING – *** stars