Lonely and widowed, 70-year-old Ben Whittaker (De Niro) decides to kick retirement into the unmown grass and head back into the work place. Awaiting him is an internship at an online fashion website run by savvy entrepreneur Jules Ostin (Hathaway).
Nancy Meyers (Something’s Gotta Give) returns to the acting legend/young star formula that served her so well in 2003’s Diane Keaton/Keanu Reeves flirtation, teaming up Robert De Niro (aged intern) and Anne Hathaway (boss) but shifting the relationship to something more familial. Meyers’ insights into ageing are wry and moving, and there are fun twists as De Niro’s widowed workie instantly charms the hipsters at Hathaway’s internet start-up. Yet while the performances engage, as more hackneyed crises hit (extra-marital affairs, motherhood versus career etc.), sentiment overpowers any tantalising hint of Nora Ephron-style salt.
As you'd expect, Meyers handles the material with assurance and charm, and there's fun to be had in the odd-couple dynamic at her film's heart.