starring:Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway
genre: Drama, Comedy
format: Shaw Video On Demand
plot: When a widowed man decides to come out of retirement and work again, he becomes the anchor for an internet company.
This is pretty much a role reversal of Devil Wears Prada, Hathaway's other big film. The first half is loaded with inside jokes on De Niro's character trying to fit in and get used to the too relaxed internet based staff. Such as the scene where the office massage therapist comes over and effects him more than expected. The second half of the movie, becomes the pointed drama/buddy movie you know it's rolling out for. Hathaway's character is cliched as the do it all or die type, while her stay at home husband not so subtly cheats on her. You almost want to throw a shoe at the screen during the hotel scene where Hathaway's character is making excuses for her husband's behaviour.
This seems to have been a decade for starting over films. As the world has changed so drastically in the last decade, so many are finding themselves at a crossroads they might not have otherwise, and it's been represented in every form the cinema could think of. And this was one of the better ones. I did like the scene where De Niro is describing their warehouse/factory over pizza, as we learn that it was the same building he worked in for over 40 years before being bought by Hathaway's character. It brings a perspective to things.
what did I learn? Proper briefcases still rock.