Lessons we can glean on “The Intern”

Posted: January 23, 2016 in Films
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Being a student of film, I kinda look at what values do I get out of a “secular” film when it comes to showing the youth in our church. A film does not have to be “Christian” in order to have values. Here are five inputs I get from watching “The Intern”. (Spoiler alert. Read at your own risk!)

#1 Find a mentor.


Hanep si lolo. May Facebook account!

Jules Ostin (played by Anne Hathaway) is a successful woman who built her company but is under pressure to give up her post as the CEO in order to cope with the workload and also be able to find time with her family. We saw that Ben Whitaker (played by Robert De Niro), was able to give her sound advice every now and then. A mentor doesn’t have to automatically be older than us, but rather, a mentor is someone whom we would listen to, who has the experience or the knowledge. In fact, when Ben was trying to learn Facebook, he had help from Jules. That is what mentoring is. Having a relationship with someone in order for us to ask help in areas we are not experts in.

#2 Volunteer.


pogi points yung may lisensya ka!

Instead of being able to work, Ben was sidelined by Jules. He did not complain but rather look for ways and means to get himself busy in the company even with the smallest things. My dad once told me to “add value to people”. Volunteering makes the job done even when people don’t ask for it and makes the company (or in our case, the church) run well.

#3 Learn to Delegate.


Doon ka. Dito ako. May imaginary line jan oh.

The company, About the Fit, was growing really fast. 220 employees in just two years. Jules was so hands on that she was losing control of everything. One thing we can learn in the film is learning how to delegate small things to the right people. Indeed, they were able to have an “adventure” of finding the mother’s laptop when Jules delegated the problem instead of trying to fix it herself.

#4 Learn, learn, learn.


Overtime na naman!

In the opening scene, Ben narrated on how he retired but then come back to a point of getting a flyer on the job hiring of senior interns. As in senior citizens. He went out of his way to really learn how to take a video, asked for help from his grandson, and in the film, he would keep on learning and he kept asking questions. We should not stop learning. We only stop learning when we’re dead.

#5 Cultivate friendships.


Double fist bump!

Ben would take time to get to know his co-intern, who became his sidekick. He also would take time to know Becky, the assistant of Jules, even if one day he replaced her, he was still courteous and kind. He would include people with good ideas, and not take the credit for himself. It is something we need to learn. If we are to succeed in life, we need friends along the way.

These are just some of my inputs. Feel free to share the lessons you learned to.

  1. anisakazemi says:

    Very cool post! I like how you found so much meaning in a light-hearted comedy! Go you!

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