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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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Cast

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Sarah Mahoney ...
Samantha
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Alvarez
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Trainee Wong
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Dorothy Genkos
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Team Leader #1
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Avery
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Vacuum Shopper
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Mom with Baby
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Cox
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Cubby
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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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Never too late in life to start living.

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,006,875, 3 July 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,608,245

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$72,008,245
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2.39 : 1
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After being given the news that he was going to be cast as the husband of Julia Roberts' character, Bryan Cranston went on an accelerated workout and diet regiment. He also bleached his teeth white. Cranston claimed it was an attempt to come as close as possible to convince people that his character would be married to someone like Roberts, by having a younger looking character. See more »

Goofs

Every scene with Lamar had him smoking a pipe; however, it was always the same pipe. Dedicated pipe smokers have numerous pipes and rotate their use as they need about a week to recover from smoking, therefore they never smoke the same pipe day after day. See more »

Quotes

Mercedes Tainot: [low-key, dark sunglasses] Last night was a confluence of too many things happening in too short of a time span. Yeah. I believe there was an inappropriate exchange between teacher and student. I was worked up and under the influence of the demon rum. Reminded me of a spotty incident I once had with a parking lot attendant, which was... At any rate, I hope the entire thing can be forgiven and forgotten. If gossip of this nature were to circulate, it would be not only embarrassing, but my status ...
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Crazy Credits

During the credits you can see on the left side of the screen rapidly appearing Chinese characters and English letters rotated 90 degrees clockwise. They are the tattoo that Talia has on her back and the translation, 'soy sauce'. See more »


Soundtracks

I'll Do Better
Written by Jarrod Gorbel
Performed by Jarrod Gorbel
Courtesy of Burning House Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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a community college concerto in c+ minor
13 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

on the surface this is a simple story we've heard before: man thinks he's going to win employee of the month award & gets the olé break room shakedown pulled on him and he finds himself without a job. sad? sure. tragic? maybe. too salty? of course. but i need more! and i got it. yes, it requires the viewer to put on their cinematic scuba gear & jump right into the world of community colleges, men wanting to be men, a diner run by a taskmaster with a dubious' tough but fair' philosophy. dangerous? sometimes. reminiscent of henrik ibsen's 'lady inger of ostrat'? no way, jose. at this point something starts to happen. you begin to hear: who is larry crowne? what is larry crowne? where is larry crowne? are scooter gangs really more scourge than scandal? what am i going to have for lunch today? those are called questions. and they float on the surface of time when you consider this movie which in scope & size & feel remind one of a fresh box of krispy kreme doughnuts on a slightly damp fall morning when the sun is playing a game of hide & seek with the clouds...and that's, well, crownetastic.


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