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Larry Crowne (2011)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 July 2011 (USA)
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After losing his job, a middle-aged man reinvents himself by going back to college.

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Alvarez
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Avery
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Storyline

Until he was downsized, affable, amiable Larry Crowne (Hanks) was a superstar team leader at the big-box company where he's worked since his time in the Navy. Underwater on his mortgage and unclear on what to do with his suddenly free days, Larry heads to his local college to start over. There he becomes part of a colorful community of outcasts, also-rans and the overlooked all trying to find a better future for themselves...often moving around town in a herd of scooters. In his public-speaking class, Larry develops an unexpected crush on his teacher Mercedes Tainot (Roberts), who has lost as much passion for teaching as she has for her husband. The simple guy who has every reason to think his life has stalled will come to learn an unexpected lesson: when you think everything worth having has passed you by, you just might discover your reason to live. Written by Universal Pictures

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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1 July 2011 (USA)  »

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Talk of the Town  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,098,795 (USA) (1 July 2011)

Gross:

$35,565,975 (USA) (12 August 2011)
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Trivia

Julia Roberts appears with Meryl Streep's daughter, Grace Gummer, in this film. Roberts would then go on to work with Streep herself two years later in August: Osage County. See more »

Goofs

The bar code on Larry's college photo ID spells his name incorrectly as Larry Crown instead of Crowne. See more »

Quotes

Talia Francesco: Hey - we all got free tattoos. I wanted something in Japanese so check this out.
[Shows tattoo]
Talia Francesco: That one says courage, that one says spirit. Courageous spirit.
Larry Crowne: That's Chinese, and it says soy sauce.
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Crazy Credits

Some of the roadsigns shown in the background don't have actual place names on them but words used in the movie, like 'Chilloot Park' (from a line said by Dean Tainot), or 'Break even paradox' (from a line said by Larry Crowne during Economics 1). See more »

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Listen To Her Heart
Written by Tom Petty
Performed by Tom Petty
Courtesy of Gone Gator Records
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Tries too hard, and simply doesn't succeed
15 January 2012 | by (Nebraska) – See all my reviews

I had expected that Hanks would manage to do a decent screenplay, but he seems to be really going for a lot of quirk, and he simply didn't pull it off. By contrast, the romance plot line was just taken as read, and he hardly even bothered devoting five full minutes to it. Acting-wise, Hanks was also trying way too hard. Julia Roberts, on the other hand, completely phoned it in. For the record, I prefer the latter, if only because it seemed proportional to the weight of the film itself.

It's not painfully bad, but even for a fairly by-the-book RomCom, it wasn't very good either.


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