If there’s an actor who can play his age and yet manage to sweep us off our feet with oodles of old-world charm and impeccable comic timing, it is Robert De Niro. And needless to say, he manages this feat rather easily alongside Anne Hathaway who is delightful as usual. The film boasts of strong performances and manages to keep us chuckling throughout. However, there’s something vital that this Nancy Meyers‘ movie lacks.
The film starts with 70-year-old Ben Whittaker (De Niro), bored of retirement, and aching to do something to pass his time. Enter a yellow flyer with an ad for an internship program for seniors (no, not in high school, in life!) and De Niro takes it as his cue. After a cutesy video that declares why he is the perfect guy, he lands the internship. The company is AboutTheFit, an e-commerce fashion startup that has become an overnight success and is dealing with all the issues that plague ‘too big, too fast’ companies. The CEO is an over-committed but slightly zany Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway) who rides a bike across her open office and takes customer service calls to ensure her company is on-track. But all is not well in Jules’ world and she has to face issues at work and home, managing with a bare four hours of sleep every night.
Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway share crackling chemistry that will make you want to believe in the sanctity of relationships once more. They go through the stages of being strangers to becoming best friends, and you feel every moment of their relationship. From driving her around town to taking care of her daughter, to breaking into her mother’s house (don’t ask why!), to holding her hair while she throws up, he does it all. He is the Mr. Fix-It in Jules’ life and she couldn’t find anyone better.
Even though Nancy Meyers manages to give us all that we expect from the script- funny scenes and strong performances- we are left wondering why the film is still harping on working women’s problems. As Hathaway’s character asks in a scene, “Are we still doing that?”
Director Meyer’s story includes some off-the-paper funny characters: the stay-at-home dad Matt (Anders Holm), Jules’ right-hand at work Cameron (Andrew Rannells), funny man at work Jason (Adam DeVine) and Ben’s love-interest who gives fabulous massages, Fiona (Rene Russo). These characters add sprinkles of hilarity time and again, but it is a De Niro-Hathaway show from scene one. Overall, the film is exactly what you’d expect it to be- an absolutely entertaining and engrossing tale that keeps you smiling till the end.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
If you’re a big fan of feel-good movies, this is one film that promises to deliver and leave you smiling. Watch it for Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway‘s splendid chemistry and comic brilliance.