Nancy Meyers wrote and directed THE INTERN. I do not mean this as a jab. Her comedies are great in-flight movies. They are. You have a flight that's three hours or more. A Nancy Meyers light comedy will make a couple of hours glide by. She's not giving you Chinatown, Network or The Piano. She may have directed a movie called It's Complicated, but her films aren't. They're packed with fabulous retail eye-candy and architecture porn. You're assured a happy ending and enjoyable performances. Her comedies make good date movies and, I bet, a couple of them are guilty pleasure pastimes for guys. Back in 2003, I was at a cineplex in Manhattan's Chelsea section. A big burly Latino dude, the kind of guy who would've been cast as a prison guard on HBO's Oz, turned to his lady friend and said, "What was the name of that movie we saw that I like so much?" She answered, "Something's Gotta Give." A Nancy Meyers comedy starring Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson. Meyers directed Keaton to a Best Actress Oscar nomination. I dig that movie too. And I still feel that the late Eli Wallach should've received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his tasty turn as a Hollywood veteran in Nancy Meyers' The Holiday. He stole the 2006 movie with his wise and witty performance. The Intern is another Robert De Niro "sweater comedy." He's not the tough guy of mean streets like in Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas. He's wearing more suburban attire and playing against his tough screen image, like he did in the comedy, Meet the Parents. De Niro is a friendly AARP papa figure in this film.
Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway work well together. The Intern has its humor and charm. A nice pastime, a perfect in-flight movie.