Friday, April 1, 2016

"The Intern" (2015)

When I heard the Tarantino was calling this film one of his favorites of 2015, I was a little surprised. I had thought it looked cute and worthy of checking out, but best of the year? Plus, it didn’t seem to fit into his wheel-house. You tend to think of Tarantino being all about violence and intense, controversial scenarios. But he is really about good writing and realistic, if highly stylized, dialogue.

And that is where “The Intern” is a triumph. This is not really a film about how great old people are and how inexperienced and ill-equipped young people are (even though there is a fair amount of that), it is a story told to remind us of certain forgotten truths. Qualities like respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, discipline, and representation are simple things that we have forgotten about in today’s “me first”, self-fulfillment, “do what feels good”, lazy, slobby generation.

But even more than any of the needed boys-today-need-to-grow-up-and-remember-to-be-men message, there are some scenes that will blow you away with their honest, vulnerable, reminders of what real relationships are. This isn’t some chick-flick with sugary film-versions of friendship and love. It goes deeper than that.

It really is one of the best films of 2015.

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