Of dear... maybe (just maybe) if I was over sixty and missed "the good old days" of trite, bland, insipid "comedies" about Caucasian movie stars who fall in love - like 'Sleepless in Seattle' and 'You've Got Mail' - then maybe, just maybe, I might find something - some one darn thing - to like about 'Larry Crowne.' I guess this is that kind of film they invented the word "nice" for. It stars the "nice" Mr. Hanks as a chap who loses his job and goes back to college, where he takes a class led by a teacher, played by the "nice" Julia Roberts and everyone is very "nice" in a completely unrealistic, two-dimensional Hollywood make-believe kinda way. Look at the funny black man (Cedric the Entertainer) - isn't he "nice." Look at the funny camp economy lecturer (Star Trekker, George Takei - by far the best thing in the movie, actually) - he's "nice" too. The only not "nice" character is Julia's horrid partner, (Brian Cranston) - the only thing stopping "nice" Julia and "nice" Tom getting it on... Can you guess the rest? Can you? You can? How "nice" for you.
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.
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