Movie class: The Intern

It’s a post-recap about our movie class.

Our recording:


 Our slides for “Pictures this”:


Ben is a 70-year-old, retired widower. He is an old-fashioned baby boomer with high morals and solid virtues such as reliability, honesty, honor, and integrity.  He lives alone and is going crazy trying to find some purpose in life to keep him busy and occupied in his remaining years. Jules is a young woman who runs her own startup fashion clothing company.  She overworks herself to ensure her company keeps growing.

This means she neglects her young daughter Paige and her stay-at-home husband Matt more than she would like to. She also overworks Becky, her go-to girl, without ever expressing her appreciation to Becky.  Her company must hire some senior personnel to be in compliance with some age-discrimination law, so one of her coworkers arranges to interview and hire some senior interns to work in her company.

Ben and three other senior people are subsequently hired by the company. Ben is assigned directly to Jules, but she thinks the program is a joke and tells Ben to sit at his desk until she calls him, which she never does. Ben sits next to three younger, tech-savvy kids.  They initially make fun of him a little but they slowly come to learn that with his life experience he has much to teach them, so he slowly and unofficially becomes their mentor about matters dealing with everyday life. 

Since Jules never gives Ben anything to do, he takes it upon himself  to start helping others around the office and becomes very popular with all the office personnel except Jules. His old-fashioned values obligates him to feel duty-bound to always work as late as his boss does, so he works long hours at the office just like her.

Jules doesn’t know how to drive, so she always uses a company chauffeur. Seeing Jules’s chauffeur drinking on the job one day, Ben politely suggests that the chauffeur had better take the day off or be turned in for drinking on the job. He acquiesces, leaving Ben to chauffeur Jules around for that day. Jules is embarrassed when she realizes that Ben is very observant and sees how she is overworking herself. Rather than suffer his polite disapproval, she gets rid of him. 

Her new chauffeur is an incompetent woman who almost gets her into two car accidents on her first day. This makes her appreciate how safe and competent Ben was by comparison, so she rushes to rehire Ben. He bears her no ill will and gladly returns to work as her personal intern. Their relationship grows into a close one, and he eventually becomes her confidante.

Ben’s support and fatherly advice helps anchor and stabilize her in her fast-paced world, and she comes to  value him greatly. One day he finds out that her husband is cheating on her, and he agonizes over whether or not to tell her. His wavering ends when she confesses to him that her husband is cheating on her. Now that the issue has come out into the open, they discuss the situation. Ben feels her situation is hopeless, but she hopes against hope that her husband Matt will come around.
Ben obliquely says a few words to her husband about how she works very hard and deserves the very best from him.  Eventually and fortunately, her husband sees the error of his ways and begs for her forgiveness. Ben falls for an office masseuse and they begin getting intimate.  In the end, everyone lives happily ever after, just like in a fairy tale.


Expressions and vocabulary

  1. I like how you roll.  (I like how you operate, how you do things.)
  2. Gray is the new green.  (Pattern. I forgot the context, but it means that “Green” has lost popularity and now “Gray” has taken its place as the most popular choice.)
  3. Grab a seat  (Take a seat, sit down)
  4. Hang in there.  (Be patient, have faith that you will eventually succeed)
  5. Don’t dawdle in any way.  (don’t waste time or delay unnecessarily)
  6. We are super-cas(ual) here.  (Slang for “casual”. The work dress code is very casual/relaxed.)
  7. There is another oldie but goodie here.  (Old songs are called “oldies but goodies”.  Here someone is applying this term to a senior person as a rib or tease.)
  8. I just happened to have looked out the window  (by coincidence, I looked and saw it)
  9. I’m happy to cover for smb  (I’m happy to substitute for someone while they’re absent)
  10. it goes without saying (it is so obvious or expected that it need not even be mentioned)
  11. be there or be square (show up/attend or be considered to be a loser)
  12. tuck in the shirt  (to put the lower part of your shirt inside your pant waistband)
  13. I need a diversion (distraction, temporary activity to keep boredom at bay)
  14. to brown-nose (to “kiss ass”; to flatter someone to gain some favor from them; the “brown nose” is due to your kissing their ass too deeply, ahem.)
  15. one of the last vestiges of the chivalrous gent 
    (last living example of a polite gentleman)
  16. lay it on me  (give it to me; let me have it; “lay” = “put)
  17. that’s kind of self-explanatory  
    (it is so obvious that it explains itself; no need to explain it)
  18. my blood pressure was through the roof (very high; way too high)
  19. I am indebted to you forever (I owe you big time; I owe you a big favor/debt)
  20. vintage  (classic, like in the “good old days”)
  21. a dying breed  (almost extinct;  the baby boomers are almost all dead)
  22. you are all flushed  (your face is red from anger or embarrassment)

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