choose to handle their personal affairs in new ways that are unlike the
traditional ways he is used to from his young adulthood. These
generational discrepancies provide opportunities for the mentor to
adjust and learn. Therefore, the concept of two-way learning is an
important narrative element of The Intern, too. As the film comes to a
close and Jules decides she wants to hire a CEO to run her company
instead of doing it herself, viewers see Jules coming to Ben for guidance,
and Ben is truthful and honest about how he believes she should
proceed. Only now, viewers see him advising her in a comforting way.
Ben does not act accusatory or haughty. Instead, he finds an effective
way to communicate his beliefs, which he does by pointing out the
strengths specific to Jules that keep the company moving and
functioning the way it does. Reciprocal learning benefits both of them.
Overall, mentoring in movies is a time-tested way to establish
meaningful relationships on screen and offers lessons that go beyond
the movies, including the importance of human interaction and our
desire to create everlasting and meaningful bonds with one another. As
I've outlined in this chapter, these movies are just two examples of how
mentoring is more than a means for the transfer of cultural capital; it
also allows the mentor to learn from the mentee in a reciprocal
exchange of teaching and learning. In both configurations, viewers
watch the relationships evolve past struggle to the point where mutual
learning can occur. Both Jules and Will want to maintain power and
dominance in their chaotic and delicate lives, and they are missing a sole
source of stability one that will eventually empower them to take
charge of their lives a mentor figure. At the same time, Dr. Maguire
and Ben lack updated social awareness and the means to develop their
communication and interpersonal skills, two critical forms of credibility
and power for the mentor figure (Scherman 5). Even more than that,
there is a mutual love and affection that is formed in the mentoring
relationship outside of mutual learning. The art of mentoring demands
befriending; there cannot be one without the other (Anderson and
Shannon 40). At the conclusion of The Intern, Jules proclaims that Ben
is her best friend, and in Good Will Hunting, Will reaches out for an
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