The Intern is a movie that brings together two worlds: retired, successful business owner, Ben Whittaker (played by Robert De Niro) is reintroduced to a business world that is far more advanced than when he left it when he lands an internship at a online company run by young, career-driven Jules Ostin (played by Anne Hathaway).
Ben Whittaker brings a different spirit into this fast-paced internet company, transcending the efficient, get-ahead mindset of Jules and her employees. This positive disruption that Whittaker brings to the company demonstrates a principle neglected in modern day industry: noticing the little things and focusing on relationships can go a long way to build a positive and sustainable work environment.
Ben, still fueled by the passion that gave him initial success in business, is able to share with Jules the importance of finding success and satisfaction outside of a career. This message can certainly be applied to young professionals today, the demographic primarily targeted. As stress and pressures arise in a technologically evolving world, maintaining an introspective attitude about life outside of a career is important. In a world driven by technology and “staying-ahead,” it’s important to remember the impact of those around you.