Director: Michael Lange
Screenwriters: Caroline Doyle, Jill Kopelman

Institute History

  • 2000 Sundance Film Festival


This is the story of Jocelyn Bennett, an overworked and underpaid intern, and her Cinderella-like ascent from the mailroom to the boardroom at the ultra-hip fashion magazine, Skirts. When we first meet our heroine, it is business as usual: model tantrums, air kisses, and a barrage of crazed egos. But suddenly, the magazine is under attack by a fashion spy. Someone has been leaking Skirts stories to a competing magazine. The staff is in a state of hysteria, and everyone sets out to find the culprit. Meanwhile,

Jocelyn is diverted, not only by her detective efforts but by an endless stream of busy work, leaving her barely enough time to win the heart of the magazine’s dashing art director, Paul. Will Jocelyn be able to catch the spy, win the guy, and prove to the fashion world that there is more to life than a great pair of legs? It is nearly impossible to spoof an industry that is almost a parody of itself, but Michael Lange pulls it off. Intern is funny and fast paced, working as both comedy and love story. The writing by Caroline Doyle and Jill Kopelman gives the impression they know this world and how to make the zingers fly. Dominique Swain is perfectly cast as Jocelyn, doing more than letting her hair down and removing her glasses to prove she is lovely as well as smart. The work of the ensemble cast gives the film its kick. They are also easy on the eyes, and those who aren’t are at least well dressed.

— John Cooper

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