Comedy drama about the amiable Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks, who also directs), a middle-aged fellow who is made redundant from his job during a recession. Behind on his mortgage and needing to up-skill, he returns to college. There, he develops a crush on his public-speaking teacher (Julia Roberts) who has lost her passion for her job, her husband and her life.
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BY Andreas Heinemann Flicks Writer
The global credit crunch continues to provide cinematic source material, this time for Tom Hanks, pulling double-duty as director and lead actor in this fish-out-of-water comedy about a middle-aged man who goes back to college in an attempt to up-skill in a competitive job market.... More
Hanks has long been one of the best A-listers at portraying everymen and here he turns in another solid performance in that role. The problem is how old fashioned and flat the material he’s working with feels. For a movie about contemporary issues, it sure isn’t afraid to use a dated comedic style. The supporting cast is rounded out by youth market stereotypes that allow the film to dredge up plenty of comic clichés, with only romantic interest Julia Roberts able to provide any real support. She’s a veteran in this type of material and has a character that can introduce bitterness and cynicism into what is otherwise a ridiculously sweet tone.
This is a movie that shows its age, or more accurately the age of its creators. If you’re of the same generation of Hanks and Roberts, it should appeal. Younger audiences might find the only laughs to be ironic ones at the way they themselves are portrayed.Hide
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BY adamatdramatrain superstar
Okay, if you're into "nice" films with no potty mouth language, "nice" people and two "nice" leading players who fall in heterosexual love so that the whole thing can be tied up with a "nice" happy big pink ribbon at the end - good for you. You'll love it. If you loved "Mamma Mia" - this is pretty much the same type of thing - only minus the horrible singing. Trite, predictable, and directed and co-written by that "nice" Tom Hanks - 'Larry Crowne' is so f-ing "nice" that I wanted to gouge out my own eyeballs and eat them. Oh, and did I mention how "nice" it all is? Nice.Hide
BY munchkin superstar
alright an average story with Tom Hanks although he is a wonderful actor the story line didnt see that great Tom Hanks spark where all used to I heard somewhere that someone came up to him and told him they didntl like the movie so he refunded them there money back a genuine nice guy
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