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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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Team Leader #3
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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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Release Date:

1 July 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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Trivia

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

Pizza Delivery Boy: How much change do you want back?
Mercedes Tainot: Why don't you keep it? But just remember, a teacher once gave you a $12 tip. You stay in school.
Pizza Delivery Boy: [as the door closes] Thank you... You're a babe! Where do you teach...
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Crazy Credits

Just before the credits switch from Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks to rolling credits on black background, Roberts mouths 'Hi Mom'. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

The Stroke
Written by Billy Squier (as William Squier)
Performed by Billy Squier
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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An enjoyable way to spend an hour & a half.....
4 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

To begin, I'm not sure what some of the other reviewers expected to see in this film. Larry Crowne is not a sizzling drama, a fast paced action movie, or an over-the-top comedy, & it's not likely to win a bunch of Oscars for acting, screenplay or anything else for that matter. What is is, however, is a well written, fun movie that is fairly well acted & very enjoyable.

The story does take a little bit to unfold, but does so in an organic way as not to give away too much too soon. The cast was well chosen & I found the characters to have been well developed & really fun people. Like most other films, there is certainly some creative license taken in that most everybody in it is funny and likable, which is what you want from a film like this. If only reality were filled with such great people, we should all be so lucky.

There are a few loose ends that may have been stitched up a bit better (per several of the reviews I have read) but I'm not sure that was necessary at all to the story. Moviegoers these days seem to have a need for everything to be spelled out to the Nth degree. If it wasn't critical for the story to unfold, it didn't make its way into the picture. There's something to be said for movies that leave a bit to the imagination for the viewer after the film is over, Keeps you thinking about it for awhile after you've left your seat.

I would watch it again. I left feeling good, with a smile on my face, which is what I was after upon deciding to watch it.


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