Welcome back to a weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.
The Intern – Opening September 25, 2015
Often, the job of a trailer is to whet the appetite of a potential viewer just enough to ensure that he or she will actually go see the film to find out what happens. In other cases, the end result is less of a surprise and spoiling it isn’t as big a deal. In the case of this particular trailer, however, it doesn’t even seem that there are any obstacles that need to be overcome. This trailer skips the comedy of the situation and goes straight for the schmaltz and sentimentality, which I think makes it seem more endearing than it otherwise might if more was left to be discovered during the actual theatrical experience. Nancy Meyers has served as writer-director for five films in the past – “It’s Complicated,” “The Holiday,” “Something’s Gotta Give,” “What Women Want,” and “The Parent Trap.” I never saw “The Holiday” or “What Women Want,” but the other three are all strongly enjoyable films that were better and more entertaining than I expected, even if they weren’t totally terrific (though I remember an aspiring actress being incredible in “The Parent Trap,” one who has since gone down an unfortunate path). This looks very much in line with those, a fun instance of Robert De Niro, who gave his best performance in decades three years ago in “Silver Linings Playbook,” acting his age. It’s likely that there’s more comedy about him being old and an intern than just the introductory “Where do you see yourself in ten years” quip at the start of the trailer, but this is ultimately a sweet story about De Niro’s Ben befriending CEO Jules Ostin, played by Anne Hathaway, who is nothing like her former boss from “The Devil Wears Prada.” A few recognizable TV faces, including Andrew Rannells from “Girls” and Adam DeVine from “Modern Family,” are in the supporting cast, and it looks like Rene Russo is there too to give Ben a more age-appropriate romance than Jules. I won’t rush to see this, but I’m sure it’s the kind of heartwarming simple comedy that should prove more than pleasant and maybe even very fun.