The Intern has lessons to teach on love, marriage and business – Movie Review


I think I found one of my all-time favorite movies! When I was younger, princess diaries was one of my best movies, resulting in Anne Hathaway, being the only actress whose name I knew, became my favorite actress ever. As time went by I lost touch with my love for this woman and her acting because I didn’t quite understand what her niche was.

The intern poster
The intern poster

After watching The Intern yesterday with my brother and dad, I fell in love again. This story tells the tale of Jules Ostin (played by Anne Hathaway), a young, ambitious, clothes start-up company owner that went from starting with zero to earning millions, from twenty-something employees, to two hundred and something workers under her in Brooklyn, New York in no time. She is a mom, a wife, and a business owner basically trying to maintain her head on her shoulders in one piece.

Someone in the company comes up with a bright idea to hire senior citizens as interns as an experiment to see whether their years of experience would add more value to the business than a fresh face out of college with no previous work. Jules is so busy dealing with her own life that she doesn’t really care about the program.

That is until her right hand-man more than merely suggests that one of the elderly citizens should be placed directly under her wing to set an example for the rest of the company and she grudgingly agrees. Introducing us to Ben Whittaker (played by Robert De Niro), a seventy year old ex-phonebook manufacturer who steps out into this twenty first century world with good old fashioned charm and a discerning observance that unintentionally sets out to fix the problems that Jules wouldn’t have known how to handle well otherwise.

Let me place a disclaimer, I love clichés that are not over clichéd only in the sense that there is a resolution, a happy ending of sorts. So if you are also a sucker for a heartwarming finale I promise you this movie won’t be boring! When I watched the trailer, I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. The movie was filled with literal lessons and especially shows what can happen in this generation when women are obsessed with being the glamorous career girl. It’s not all glitter and gold. There are also lessons for the gentlemen as well like the importance of always carrying a hankie in case you run into a crying lady, or wearing suits, holding out doors for women, and being a classy gentleman because old fashioned habits such as chivalry shouldn’t be a dying courtesy, for these are the small things catch a girl’s attention and another gentleman’s respect.

There were also lessons on marriage and love that I loved. The fact that it is possible to stay together through thick and thin, even when people make mistakes, and what love is supposed to look like; when Ben is talking about his wife who passed on to Jules he tells her,

“We were married for forty five years before she died but to me it wasn’t long enough. You know how people always say we want to grow old together? We actually got to experience that.”

For a heartwarming, funny, piece that is perfect for a family movie (it’s pretty clean) a date, or some girls or guys time out this movie is definitely the one you should be watching.

Rating: PG-13 (for some suggestive content and brief strong language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: Nancy Meyers
Written By: Nancy Meyers
Stars: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo
Strong: Runtime: 2 hr. 1 min.
Warner Bros. Pictures

The Intern is showing at Planet Media Cinemas at Westgate, Prestige and Kisumu. Nakumatt Prestige Plaza offers crazy amazing deals. You can watch the movies for as low as Ksh. 300 every morning Monday to Thursday. Every Tuesday you can watch it for Ksh. 300 for 2D and Ksh. 400 for 3D. On Wednesday couples can watch movies at Ksh. 400 per couple 2D or Ksh. 500 per couple for a 3D movie (strictly for couples). For Monday madness get your ticket + soda or water + Popcorn+ Hotdog or KitKat for only Ksh. 600 only.

Watch The Intern at the Planet Media at Prestige Plaza Ngong road. We are giving away four tickets to watch this movie at Prestige Plaza and two tickets to watch it at Kisumu Planet media this Tuesday.  All you have to do is tell us  why you would want to watch The Intern in the comments section.

PS. Movie can only be watched from the 2nd of October.

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Shingai is an upcoming writer with a passion for words and expression through writing. She lived in Zimbabwe as a child and has traveled to over ten countries. She craves adventure and hopes to be an inspirational writer. She is currently pursuing a degree in English Literature with a minor in Psychology at Daystar University.


  1. My love for De Niro movies is just beyond doubt. But it’s not about him that i want to watch this movie. Am launching a fashion line in Kisumu next year. So, I’ll be borrowing ideas from this movie, so as to add an old-school touch to our creations. This is just very timely.