Robert De Niro is widower Ben Whittaker. Retired and bored, he applies for a senior internship at an Internet hip clothing firm founded and run by Anne Hathaway’s Jules Ostin. He’s assigned to personally assist the boss. She’s not too hip on the idea but eventually caves, and he becomes her best personal adviser and best friend.
Talk about chemistry, only it’s not a May-December romance, but simply two very good actors from different generations connecting on a deep level as characters, as actors and as people.
Fortunately, rom-com queen Nancy Meyers does a movie every three-years or so. Most are pretty good but not great. Meyer’s movies have great openings and middles but tend to get mushy and unpalatable in the last act. Of all of her movies, like Something’s Gotta Give, It’s Complicated and What Women Want, this movie is the least squishy.
If pushed, I’ll admit the plot is pretty good, but it’s the two performances that make this one worth the price of the ticket.
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Director: Nancy Meyers
Stars: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm, Adam DeVine, Linda Lavin, Celia Wilson
Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars
Rated PG-13 for mature themes, some language. It’s playing at the Carmike 12, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it’s your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don’t bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.