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YMMV / The Intern

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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Given how quickly Fiona and Ben's relationship progresses, the massage she first gives him could have been her flirting. She notably doesn't seem to mind Ben's Raging Stiffie.
    • The disapproving mothers Ben talks to. Do they simply look down on Jules for being a working mother? Or do they know about Matt's affair (since the woman is a mother as well) and blame Jules for not knowing about it?
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • There's one scene where Ben gets a foot rub from Fiona and Davis walks in, mistakenly thinking she's performing oral sex. He trips, falls and runs out of there. It's neither mentioned nor referenced again.
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    • The Jules's mother's house part of the film is a borderline example. Jules accidentally sends a rude email to her mother. Ben, Davis, Lewis and Jason offer to break into the house and erase it from her mother's computer. While there, the alarm goes off and they panic momentarily when they hear sirens. They manage to get away before the police arrive. It's a rather random slapstick scene against the movie's low-key tone. However it does help progress Jules and Ben's friendship, and the scene in the bar later shows how the workload has made Jules out of touch with her colleagues.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Almost halfway through the movie, Ben reveals to Jules that her company just happens to be located in the same building where he previously worked. There's not even a hint of this up until that point, and it never gets mentioned again.
  • Fridge Horror
    • It's said that the woman Matt has the affair with is a mother at their daughter's school. It just makes you wonder if the two had organised play-dates as excuses to see each other. That adds a whole new layer of Squick, as well as Truth in Television.
  • Girl-Show Ghetto: The film got some rather negative reviews from critics. Clem Bastow suggested the majority of hate came from male critics who disliked that the film had a female lead who worked in fashion, and dismissed it as a Chick Flick.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: Although Jules and Ben's friendship is platonic, a couple of scenes do give the impression things are heading in a romantic direction. Namely when she passes out drunk in his arms and shows surprise at Fiona being in his house. Likewise their hotel room scene looks as if it's going to head for Jules making a pass at him. Nothing happens of course but the set up is curious.
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  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: An old person still has a lot to offer the world, and one can still find new ways to enjoy life even at retirement age.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Jules' mother. We're only given a brief glimpse into Jules' turbulent relationship with her parents despite it clearly being implied as another major cause of stress for Jules. Accidentally sending a venting email to her mother would've made for a great opportunity for the two to finally have a proper confrontation and reconcile their differences, but instead Ben and the young office workers pull off a caper to break into her mother's house and have the message deleted, and the subplot with Jules and her mother just ends there without any further mention.

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