Old man starts working at this really ‘hip’ and ‘young’ place? How could this not be a fun movie?!
“70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.” [IMDb]
I have been looking forward to this movie ever since the trailer came out. It was one of those movies I just had to see as soon as it came out. It turned out to be the kind of movie I didn’t know I was missing until I saw it.
The first awesome thing; all the great names in this movie. It starts off with Robert De Niro. Good, right?! It gets better. Next up: Anne Hathaway, Adam Devine and a bit of Nat Wolff on the side. These people were so great in this movie; it all seemed to be the perfect roles for them. They were all playing it very naturally, it just seemed right. Not much more to say about that.
Then there is the most important part of a movie; the story. The first words that come to mind would be “cute”, “weird” and “good”. It starts out with Ben (De Niro) explaining how he lives his life. He worked, retired and felt like the walls of his home are closing in on him, which motivated him to start travelling. Now, he doesn’t travel anymore, lives in New York where he has always lived and has a routine he goes through every day. At some point, he feels like he needs something to feel part of something again. He comes across a flyer that promotes a senior intern-program at a place that sells clothes online.
The first thing I thought was great about this story is how Ben is so out of place in this new environment. He gets to be an intern in a place where everything moves fast, where they use technology Ben never even heard of and where the boss is a woman. The way he learns things, tries to fit in and yet stands out no matter what he does, is really hilarious. He tries to work with the things he knows how to work with.
Oh, one more thing! He actually becomes the boss’ intern. And she is the only one who doesn’t like him. She has no work for him, as she is busy enough and under so much stress that she can’t be bothered with an intern, to be trying to explain to an old man how it all works, which causes them both to feel quite uncomfortable in all situations they work together.
There is not much more to say about this movie than what has already been said. It’s fun to look at, the way the parts are so opposite is simply hilarious and how it all turned out is just really what I’ve been rooting for ever since the movie started. If you’d like to know what exactly it is that I’ve been rooting for, you should probably go see for yourself.
In a nutshell:
Liked it: Yeeees!
Loved it: Yes 🙂
Cinema worthy: YES!