Retired, 70-year-old widower Robert De Niro is bored. So he applies for a post as a senior intern at an online fashion start-up and gets assigned as an assistant to its overworked, prickly, awkward boss Anne Hathaway.
His worldly wisdom and retro suit-and-tie cool quickly wins over his younger colleagues, but she proves a tougher nut to crack… This generation-clash comedy is a treat; cosy, feelgood fare, for sure, but crafted with tender care and good gags by writer-director Nancy Meyers.
The performances are another delight. De Niro tones down the mugging that sometimes mars his comic performances and turns on the charm, while Hathaway renders her go-getting character likeable rather than offputting.
The film may be a snug fantasy, but the stars’ chemistry ensures its portrayal of an intergenerational friendship is touching and fun.