Sundays are getting harder and harder to breathe around here. With NFL and the Emmy’s it’s like America is conspiring against me to get this column done. But still, Hollywood keeps putting out stuff for us to enjoy. This week we’ve got The Intern, The Green Inferno and Hotel Transylvania 2.
Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.
Rotten Watch Prediction
See an older dude learn the new world order in the trailer for The Intern
I suppose the idea for this movie is cute enough. Older, successful guy is, for some reason, looking to re-enter the workforce in his twilight years to keep the work jones squelched as he walks off into the business sunset. It’s the kind of scenario that only "works" in the movies because it seems patently ridiculous in many other ways. I’m not saying old people shouldn’t work or whatever, but just the concept of De Niro's character integrating into the modern work environment seems like something cooked up in a Hollywood boardroom (which it was).
What rubs me a little wrong about the trailer at least (and I hope it’s not the case for the whole flick) is that the movie appears built on the premise that Anne Hathaway’s character is a deer in headlights female head of a startup who is way over her head until the older man comes in to save the day. Maybe I’m overstating things here, but at multiple moments in the trailer Hathaway’s character is crying, looking overwhelmed while figuratively (and literally) leaning on De Niro for support. It just appears a little patronizing and man I hope I’m reading more into than is actually there.
I want to believe this is more than writer/ director Nancy Meyers’ message. And I’ve watched other trailers in which this father/daughter thing hasn’t been as prominent. Maybe I’m reading too much into this. I’ve been known to do such things before.