Originally posted at Made to Flourish.


This film is about Ben (Robert De Niro), a 70-year-old widower, who is tired of retirement. He applies and is hired to be a “senior intern” at an online fashion company and works under the founder and head of the company, Jules Austen (Anne Hathaway). Jules is an overworked and extremely driven boss who spends long hours at the office and has high expectations of her employees. At first Jules is very close-minded about hiring a senior citizen as an intern and finds Ben in particular to be quite nosy. However, as the film unfolds, Ben turns out to be an essential asset for Jules and a mutually beneficial relationship develops between them.


1. Generational approaches to work

One of the main comedic effects of this film is that a start-up company with a majority of employees in their 20s and 30s hires a 70-year-old intern. While the idea of a 70-year-old intern rightfully makes us laugh, the film is exploring the larger issue of the generational gap. Younger people can easily dismiss older people as outdated and naive about the modern world. On the other hand, older people can just as easily dismiss younger people as inexperienced and overly focused on innovation rather than simply getting the job done.

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