Went to see this one yesterday with some friends of mine. With leads like Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway it’s pretty hard to go wrong. Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated, The Holiday, Something’s Gotta Give) doesn’t veer too far from her norm, but why should she? What she does is working.
Ben (DeNiro) is a widowed retiree looking for something to do with his days. Jules (Hathaway) is the head of an online clothing company who is in a bit over her head. The company recruits senior-aged interns to bring experience to the very young company. Against Jules’ wishes, Ben is her intern.
The movie is a lot more complex and nuanced than the previews suggest. Jules has a lot going on in her life aside from her work. Like so many successful women these days, she’s trying to find balance. The movie highlights a lot of the double standards so prominent in American home life these days. It also contrasts the old way (Ben worked at a company that printed phone books for 40 years) and the new (an entirely online clothing store).
Will this movie win any awards? Probably not. It’s not a particularly novel concept, but it’s well-acted and heartwarming. The supporting cast turns in excellent performances as well. (It’s weird to see Adam DeVine – Bumper from Pitch Perfect – not busting into song but his character is pretty similar. The score and soundtrack are also quite good.
If you’re looking for a feel-good movie, this is definitely one to see.
Dose of Lyndsy: Approved