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Soundtrack review: The intern (Theodore Shapiro – 2015)

The-Intern

“The Intern” is a 2015 American comedy film directed by Nancy Meyers. The film stars Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway in the two leading roles, with supporting performances from Rene Russo, Adam DeVine, Nat Wolff, Christina Scherer, Anders Holm, and Zack Pearlman. Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway) is the founder and CEO of About the Fit, a fast-growing e-commerce fashion company. One day she agrees to a community outreach program where seniors will intern at the firm. One of the new interns is Ben Whitaker (Robert De Niro), a widower and retired executive at a phone directory company. His presence will slowly help Jules relax and enjoy life. Theodore Shapiro, who seems everybody’s choice for comedy scores these days, wrote the music.

Somehow even if I am not into comedy scores, whenever Shapiro is involved I get on board because he knows how to make a score like this appealing even to me. The opening of the score, “Love and work” is textbook romantic comedy music. Light guitar, feel good mood and an instrumental background that makes me feel it’s going to be a beautiful day. Then we get the percussion that usually marks a rushing moment in the movie. In the fun “Late for everything” I recognize the sound I also heard in “Trumbo” just last week.

But that score had something…a kick, a vibe, a rhythm. “The intern” in just your generic romantic comedy score you’ve heard a lot of times before. It’s nice, it’s melodic, it’s optimistic but, to me, largely forgettable. I have a hard time connecting with a score like this because it seems empty without the movie images to support it. A comedic score like this can’t stand on its own two feet by itself. Each cue seems like the last one and that light guitar is ever present.

If you enjoy simple and melodic comedy scores you will like this one. I am sure though that you’ve heard it many times and that you will either recognize a sound you can connect with, find an album to play in the very background as you do a lot of other things or just help you take a break. Yes, I could see “The intern” working like that because at least it has a breezy and relaxing sound. Nothing more.

Cue rating: 68 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 0 / 31

Album excellence: 0%

About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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