The Intern is a film about a senior citizen,Ben Whittaker, interning for an Internet start-up company founder, Jules Ostin. It’s a feel good film, but it has a lot to say about managing a business, presenting one’s self, and dealing with family matters, but here are the three things I like most about it:
- Jules Ostin isn’t perfect. Jules is the boss. In most films, the boss has it all: pretty, organized, bright, and know-it-all. In the film, Jules is far from these. Yes, she’s pretty (Who would not say that Anne H isn’t pretty?? Who??!!). Yes, she has bright ideas. But that’s all. In the film, several weaknesses are seen. She is not organized; she has a love-hate relationship with her mom; she lacks time for her family; she has too much on her plate that she can’t handle all at the same time; she misses acknowledging the small people (Oh hello Becky!) around her; she’s sometimes confused. And all of these is fine. Not because I want people who are like this but because she is made more realistic, and this made her relatable. Moreover, this reiterated the truth that successful people are also flawed, and that just because a person is flawed does not mean that person could not succeed.
- Ben Whittaker is humble. The humble pie is something not all could take, especially those who are “more experienced.” The film establishes that Ben had been a VP for a printing company- a VP- a Vice President. Yet, he fully accepted interning for someone who has lesser experiences than him. He follows the commands and does not assert his ideas or reject tasks. Unlike most of the “more experienced” people who find it difficult to follow orders, Ben does otherwise. He drives for Jules; he waits for her; he stays in his place; and he always says “If I May.” Apart from these, he shows willingness to learn. With these, he shows that there is always a room for improvements or expansions, and there’s no other way to do this than to be humble and accept everything notwithstanding the past.
- Cheating is a personal choice. In the film, Matt, Jules’ husband cheats on her. Matt implies that he does so because Jules is busy with the business, and she has no time for Matt and Paige (their daughter). In a conversation with Ben, Matt even said that perhaps hiring a CEO would fix the issue to which Ben indirectly disagrees. Most of us think that when cheating happens, both parties have a role to play. Perhaps the wife isn’t doing what she should do; maybe the husband needs more attention. What we fail to realize is that cheating is a personal choice. When someone cheats, it isn’t because of the situation; it is because that person wants and decides to cheat. Blame should not be put on the other half. Blame should be put on the person who cheated. And fixing this issue won’t happen if the other half changes. This would only be fixed if the cheater would decide not to cheat, which Matt realized at the end of the film.
So, there you go. My two cents on the film. The film isn’t an Oscar worthy for me, but it sure does say a lot about life: from being imperfect, to being humble, to cheating; it’s a film worthy of watching! 🙂