Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway are both Oscar-winners in their own right, though not every role these two actors take on tends to be of the awards season-worthy variety (especially for late-career De Niro). De Niro, as it were, will be reuniting with Oscar-nominated filmmaker David O. Russell a third time on the December 2015 biopic release Joy, while Hathaway has a number of buzz-worthy dramatic works in the pipeline, but also one crowd-pleasing tentpole sequel in Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass (which opens in 2016).
Before then, De Niro and Hathaway will join forces on the comedy The Intern. The film is the latest project from writer/director Nancy Meyers, who has carved out niche for herself (since the late 1990s) by making such romantic comedy offerings as The Parent Trap (1998), Something’s Gotta Give, and It’s Complicated, among other related genre movies.
The second trailer for The Intern (see above) lays out the movie’s plot: De Niro plays Ben Whittaker, an older man who takes an internship at an e-commerce company in order to buck the conventional wisdom of post-retirement blues. Hathaway co-headlines the film as Jules Ostin, the frazzled company CEO who reluctantly hires Ben and grows to like him as a friend and business associate. Meanwhile, Ostin’s employees are bought to life by such comedic actors as Workaholics costars Adam DeVine and Anders Holm, as well as Reid Scott (Veep), and award-nominee Rene Russo (Nightcrawler), among other noteworthy talents.
The Intern trailers released to date have delivered the expected gags related to age gaps and workplace hijinks, as well as the notes of pathos (as Ben and Jules learn valuable lessons from one another). Meyers is one of the few female directors who’s found consistent success delivering this sort of genre fare – mid-budget, driven by dialogue rather than effects, light but not fluffy – within a male-dominated studio system; her latest film looks to fall on the derivative side, but with two big names to anchor it (plus some charismatic supporting talent) The Intern should be able to find an audience, like Meyers’ previous work has.
Check out the latest poster released for The Intern, below:
The Intern opens in U.S. theaters on September 25th, 2015.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures