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The Intern

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Taryn and I just finished watching the film entitled “The Intern” starring Robert DeNiro & Anne Hathaway.

Prior to selecting this movie tonight Taryn and I were watching Season 1, Episode 18 of How I Met Your Mother. In this episode Ted lies about breaking up with his girlfriend who is in another country and makes a bad choice in going to Robin’s house at 2:30 am. The episode made me angry and down right frustrated at the show. I couldn’t watch Ted make the bad decision and I turned the episode off before it got to the part where he inevitably hurts both girls in one fell swoop. I needed something else to watch that I haven’t seen before that would divert my attention away from a popular, albeit terrible love story that is HIMYM.

The Intern was at the front of my list of movies to watch as Jamon had recommended/requested I get a hold of it. I had never seen a trailer and had no idea what kind of a movie this was going into it. The poster certainly made it look interesting and I expected it to be some sort of comedy/drama with roots in “The Devil Wears Prada”. I fully expected Hathaway to play the intern to DeNiro, boy was I wrong, and I am glad I was.

This movie was firing on all cylinders and made me lose myself completely in the story and the characters. I cared about every single person, regardless if they were there for comedic relief or not. It has been a LONG time that a movie had me so enthralled that I laughed out loud and got anxious/excited to see the different characters’ actions. I FELT this movie, I didn’t just watch it, I felt like I was a part of the story. It was such a treat to be granted such a close seat to this film and story.

DeNiro’s character made me ponder upon my own life and what I need to change in it in order to be happy and successful. Seeing this older man, with his “old school” ways teach and mentor guys my age was eye opening even to me. Hathaway at one point goes on a small tirade saying,

“Nobody calls men “men” anymore. Have you noticed? Women went from “girls” to “women” and men went from “men” to “boys”. This is a problem…Here is my theory, we all grew up during the “take your daughter to work day” thing, right? So we were always told we could be anything, do anything. And I think guys got, maybe not left behind, but not quite as nurtured, you know? I mean, we were the generation of “You go, girl!” We had Oprah. And I wonder sometimes how guys fit in, you know? They still seem to be trying to figure it out. They are still dressing like little boys. They’re still playing video games. How, in one generation have men gone from Jack Nicholson and Harrison Ford to…[silence]”

Between the way DeNiro’s character carried himself, and prepared himself everyday for work to the stark contrast of how things are done in today’s startup companies is fascinating and I am glad to have seen someone throw those two worlds at one another. It certainly makes me feel like I need to step up my game and take more personal pride in my work ethic and life. I was honestly moved and it has caused me to reflect on how I can be a gentleman, or even a man, and not a ‘boy’.

The clashing of two worlds, “old school business” and “modern startup” was not what I expected from just seeing the movie poster. I did not expect to well up with excitement at the small victories in DeNiro’s life. I did not expect to worry about the outcome of their decisions, but I did. That in and of itself is a testament to how well made this film was. The acting was out of this world, the score was moving, the directing must have been fantastic, the story was solid and original, and the cinematography was perfect to set the tone.

This movie I hadn’t even heard of before watching it earned two HUGE thumbs up from me.

Now excuse me while I go check and see if I have any handkerchiefs I can start carrying.

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