Nancy Meyers may be the undisputed queen of the rom-com, but the director/screenwriter’s last major feature, the 2015 feel-good dramedy “The Intern,” proved somewhat of an atypical offering for the Hollywood stalwart. Rather than chronicling a romance, the heartwarming tale instead focuses on the unlikely friendship that develops between a young online clothing company founder, Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), and Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro), the 70-year-old intern she hires as part of a senior citizen outreach program. As Meyers explained to HuffPost, ”It’s a love story, I think — it’s just not a romantic love story . . . I haven’t been able to do that relationship ever. I’ve never written it or directed it. It was interesting and it was fun to sort of figure out how to play all the moments between them because you can’t rely on ‘Oh, there’s a look in her eye and there’s a look in his eye’ — you can’t do that. You can’t fall back on any of that stuff.”
Though she claims to be a novice at writing about May-December friendships, Ben and Jules’ connection certainly echoes that of Arthur Abbott (Eli Wallach) and Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet) from her beloved 2006 hit, “The Holiday,” with both relationships absolutely lighting up the screen! And audiences responded accordingly. “The Intern” may boast a paltry 59% on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer, but it proved a commercial success, grossing nearly $200 million worldwide, with even Quentin Tarantino naming it one of his favorite films of 2015!
And now, one of the locations featured in it has hit the market!
Set and filmed mainly in Brooklyn, “The Intern” casts a glorious light on the Manhattan borough, showcasing some of its most charming spots, including a glorious 1910 brownstone in Clinton Hill that plays the onscreen home of Jules and her family. Williamburg’s trendy Toby’s Estate café at 125 N. 6th St. (which has since been renamed Partners Coffee) is where Jules rehires Ben after prematurely asking for him to be transferred to another department mid-film. And the CEO takes her intern and three of his work friends for celebratory drinks at Teddy’s Bar & Grill, an oft-filmed local staple at 96 Berry St. that has also been featured in such productions as “The Good Wife,” “P.S. I Love You” and “Kings of New York.”