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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
When Larry is getting fired for not going to college Jack Strang (Rob Riggle) holds up his class ring and says "SMU Class of 1986. Solid gold. They weren't giving these things away." In 1986 SMU was given "The Death Penalty" by the NCAA for major infractions, including graduating students who had not earned an academic degree. See more »
Dr. Matsutani in Econ 1 displays a second semester textbook instead of a first semester textbook. See more »
This is college, there's only two things you can't do: smoke in the building and use your phone in my class.
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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 amazed that critics give a thumbs up to the incredible stupid film Bad Teacher, but give a thumbs down to the funny charming film Larry Crowne, go figure.
Larry Crowne(Tom Hanks), a middle aged man, who works at U-mart, and loves life and his job. But gets let go, when it gets discovered, that he never went college. So Larry does not know to do, his friend and neighbor(Cedric the Entertainer) tells him, that he should go to college. So Larry agrees, he signs up for some classes. Larry makes friends with some classmates, and also befriends his teacher named Mrs Tainot(Julia Roberts), who is uptight and cynical. But how will this all play out for Larry?
Tom Hanks is enjoyable as always, so was his directing. He never hogs the spotlight on himself too much, he lets every supporting person shine in there own way, all the actors seem relaxed with Hanks directing, and it shows in there performances. Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts have great chemistry. A great blend of comedy and drama, so if you want to get away from raunchiness, and see something light on it's feet, then Larry Crowne is that movie for you.
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