BY THE COMMANDER
2 (out of 4 stars)
Nancy Myers has done it again. She's created another ‘chick flick’, most probably based upon another period of her life (or of someone else). This time the story centers around a young, dynamic married mother, whose company takes off in the Internet world of her own clothing line. The business grows in leaps and bounds, while her husband gave up a promising career in order to be a stay-at-home dad. Now add in the ridiculous idea of having senior citizens becoming interns in a highly sophisticated Internet company, which makes no sense whatsoever. Other than taking out the garbage (do computers generate garbage?) and cleaning up the desks, what possible advantage is there to having your grandparents work at your technical company? This is the ridiculous premise of this film.
The movie is very lighthearted, cutesy entertainment designed for women, which wastes the talent of Renée Russo and Robert De Niro. It's a throwback to the old days of Father Knows Best, because he has the experience that young people don't have. Of course, the big problem with the premise is that he's a ‘fish out of water’ in this environment. Other than driving a car very slowly, how can he possibly add to the operation of a high-tech Internet company that is selling ladies’ clothing?
I found this movie to be just OK; nothing spectacular. This is a better movie to watch at home with your female companion on your home theater system, than spending your hard earned money to see it in a movie theater. Anne Hathaway gives a good performance, (just like Katherine Hepburn, she cries a lot. She can turn it on and off like a faucet), but she can't advance this movie more than just being average.
Forget the popcorn, don't waste your money, and just make sure to bring some tissues. Not for you, but for the woman sitting next to you. They’ll probably cry a lot, too.