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
According to Universal Pictures, almost 75 percent of the movie's audience, on opening weekend, was older than 50. See more »
The bar code on Larry's college photo ID spells his surname incorrectly as Crown instead of Crowne. See more »
I told you how to avoid divorce lawyers. You get married, and you stay married.
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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 »
I'm not a movie critic. But as a viewer, I truly appreciate the story of this movie. After 2008, many Americans lost their jobs, their homes and many struggle to keep their children in school, put food on the table. You've heard of the term tent city, where middle class family put up tents in parks so the children and family can sleep. It was a dark era. This movie took a different spin and use Larry Crowne, an admirable and honorable person with a positive attitude to keep on going and good things started to happen. He didn't end up with a better life in financial point of view but a truly happier person. It shows that life can be joyous and wonderful even when you just made end meets.
Frictional may it be, but it give everyone hopes and encouragement where we should all moving forward and be positive about life.
It's the message I like about the movie and the sweetness of the characters that I enjoyed.
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