By Sara Nicole Whitman
Did you think internships were just for young adults? Robert De Niro is about to prove that anyone can successfully hold a gig that many college students seek before they graduate in The Intern.
De Niro plays a 70-year-older widower who wants to put himself out there and seizes the opportunity to be a senior intern at an online fashion website. He quickly wins the approval of his younger co-workers and forms a special bond with the website’s founder (Anne Hathaway).
This is not the first time De Niro has graced the comedic stage, of course. Also, this is not the first time I have been excited about a Robert De Niro film. To celebrate his upcoming release, I have compiled a list of his best movies.
1. Raging Bull (1980)
In this film, De Niro plays true life middleweight boxer Jake LaMotta, who works his way to winning a title match while also dealing with his insecure and self destructive nature. His emotions of anger, hatred and sadness are intense as he controls his uncontrollable character beautifully.
2. Hide and Seek (2005)
I was speechless after I saw this movie—and quite disturbed. De Niro plays a psychologist who takes his daughter away from NYC to a house in the country for a fresh start after her mother and his wife committed suicide. The girl becomes entangled in an alarming game of hide and seek with her imaginary friend Charlie. However, De Niro proves that not all imaginary friends are imaginary.
3. Meet the Parents (2000)
De Niro basically plays the nightmare father-in-law in this film (so let’s hope that real-life father-in-laws take some hints of what not to do). His self assurance and tough-guy personality give this movie a sense of humor and may even cause people to like his paranoid character.
4. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
De Niro uses his blazing passion to portray a person struggling with maniac depression as he also confronts the views that Baby Boomers hold on mental health. Hs performance is emotional and genuine.
5. The King of Comedy (1982)
I find the whole plot of this movie simply hilarious. De Niro plays a comedian desperate to have his own talk show and ends up kidnapping his idol. De Niro offers his release if he gets to have a guest spot on his popular talk show. Desperate times calls for desperate measures, right?
Just like the above movies, Robert De Niro will be sure to please in The Intern, which debuts on September 25, 2015.