The Intern

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Generally affable comedy about a bored retiree (Robert De Niro) who enrolls in an online clothing retailer's internship program for senior citizens. Assigned to assist the firm's hard-driving founder (Anne Hathaway), who initially views him as little more than a nuisance, he works to prove his professional worth, while finding romance with the company's in-house masseuse (Rene Russo). Writer-director Nancy Meyers showcases the synergy between the creative innovation of the young and the experience-based wisdom of their elders, though her means of doing so sometimes ring false. A subplot involving the strained relationship between Hathaway's harried CEO and her stay-at-home husband (Anders Holm) is resolved in a way that ultimately affirms commitment and fidelity. Yet the dialogue, at least, follows a twisting path to get there. Taken together with the needless inclusion of some adults-only humor, the script's slightly wobbling values raise concerns about the film's acceptability even for older teens.

Watch out for: A premarital situation, a nongraphic bedroom scene between spouses, intermittent sexual humor, a few rough terms, occasional crass language and an obscene gesture.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: PG-13, parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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