6 films that make you glad you’re not an intern anymore


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  • Tuesday, 29 Sep 2015

The Intern stars Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway.

You're one question away from winning your dream internship when suddenly the interview gets all meta – can you name seven movies about interns? Sure, there's The Intern, the fashion e-tailer comedy with Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway.

But what about the other six? Will you stumble at the final hurdle or clear it with style and grace?

The Internship (2013)

Perhaps the best known internship film by virtue of its name, recent release, and implied endorsement of a tech and advertising giant. Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn are the odd ones out on Google's recruitment programme, aka "some sort of mental Hunger Games against a bunch of genius kids", in which they must nurture a team of unlikely candidates through personal and professional challenges.

Nightcrawler (2014)

Jake Gyllenhaal is the star name here, a rogue freelancer recording crime footage for TV stations, but it's Riz Ahmed who's hired as his underpaid, undervalued intern.

Now set for Star Wars film Rogue One, Ahmed's on-point performance was recognised with a nomination at the Gotham Awards.

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Jake Gyllenhaal (left) and Riz Ahmed in a scene from the film, Nightcrawler.

The Pursuit Of Happyness (2006)

Based on a true story, inspirational Chris Gardner (Golden Globe and Oscar nominee Will Smith) pitches for a position at a high profile stockbroker, with no direct experience to speak of – and he's got to make it work while living on the streets with his son (a debutant Jaden Smith).

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

The feature length debut from Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow and an offbeat comedy to boot. A magazine writer and two diametrically opposed interns search for a mad inventor who thinks he's made a time machine.

Who's going to volunteer as his travelling companion? Aubrey Plaza of Parks And Recreation, of course, who also makes her feature debut.

Wake Up Sid (2009, Hindi, English, Bengali)

Rich kid Sid is only interested in good times and spending his family's fortune. When results arrive for his college finals, he's thrown out, but at least scrapes an internship as a local events photographer.

That buys him time to work on personal growth, career responsibilities, and dealing with romantic rejection.

Lead actor Ranbir Kapoor won Best Actor at the Filmfare Awards.

Human Resources (1999, French)

Business grad Franck is accepted at the factory where his father has worked the assembly line for decades. Franck is at last a management-grade employee capable of restoring relationships with blue collar staff, but he's left winded by his own managers' approach to change.

A Cesar Award winner for lead actor Jalil Lespert and director Laurent Cantet. – AFP Relaxnews

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