The Intern Movie Analysis

Many Hollywood movies attempt to correctly reflect research and real life scenarios. But the many decide to ignore research and real life in order to go for the entertainment value and thrill. Thankfully, there are a few that do choose reality over dramatism. The Intern written and directed by Nancy Meyers is one of those rare films. Striving to show realness, the film shows the struggles and triumphs of relatable characters. Viewers watch real life scenarios take place such as retirement struggles, being cheated on and finding a balance between work and home. But also are able to believe that the film is accurate when it portrays controversial issues such as sexism and retirement options. The Intern addresses sexism in the workplace along …show more content…
This is shown in the movie when investors overlook Jules for CEO. Claiming Jules is too inexperienced for the position they ask her to hire someone for the position from multiple options. All the options given to Jules are men (Farwell & Meyers , 2015). Leading viewers to believe it was because Jules was a woman and the investors want a man would be a better leader. After all, the only explanation given is that Jules lacks experience, but that did not stop Mark Zuckerberg. Also, only men options demonstrates the underrepresentation of women in top positions. Likewise, Jules does not possess the masculine qualities assiociated with a good leader. Instead people see her as an atypical leader because she is caring and hands on but also because she is a woman. Jules must prove herself worthy of the CEO position. For example, Jules proves herself when the warehouse has an issue and she shows workers how to better fold clothes for packaging. In addition, Jules stays later than any other employee almost every day. (Farwell & Meyers , 2015). If Jules was a man the investors would see her as a great and innovative leader but being a woman she needs to prove herself as a leader. The film is accurate in demonstrating the research on workplace sexism and no additions would improve the depiction. Likewise, the research done on career extension is also correctly depicted in the …show more content…
The Intern addresses both workplace sexism and career extension. Addressing sexism allows viewers to see the underrepresentation of woman in business, especially in corporate leadership roles. Accordingly, the film accurately reflects research and could not improve upon the portrayal of workplace sexism. Additionally, the film also demonstrates one way in which someone can extend their career. Allowing viewers to see that career extension are becoming more popular options for retirees. Furthermore, the film is accurate in showing career extension, but it could improve. As the research shows bridge employment is most often sought by those who involuntarily go into retirement. The film should have Ben be forced into retirement. This better reflects the research that involuntary retirement leads less life satisfaction and later bridge employment. Although the film is accurate, one minor adjustment to Ben’s back story would highly improve the accurate reflection of bridge employment. Overall, the film excellently reflects the research of both sexism in the workplace and career extension through bridge

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