British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.
Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.
Monty Wildhorn, an alcoholic novelist of Westerns, has lost his drive. His nephew pushes him to summer in quiet Belle Isle. He begrudgingly befriends a newly single mom and her 3 girls who help him find the inspiration to write again.
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 »
When Larry first meets Talia in the college scooter parking lot, Talia is seen to remove her right hand glove. In the next shot, she is seen to be removing the same glove again. See more »
Hey - we all got free tattoos. I wanted something in Japanese so check this out.
That one says courage, that one says spirit. Courageous spirit.
That's Chinese, and it says soy sauce.
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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 »
LARRY CROWNE is not a bad movie, it is simply an unremarkable movie. Seeing the opening credits read 'A Tom Hanks Production', and 'written by Tom Hanks (with Nia Vardalos)', 'directed by Tom Hanks', 'starring Tom Hanks', with cameos by Rita Wilson (Mrs. Tom Hanks) and Chet Hanks (son of Tom Hanks), we know we are in for a 'Tom Hanks family outing'. So expect a feel good flick - and that is what is delivered. Not that feel good flicks are a bad thing - in this particular time we need more of them. But LARRY CROWNE seems to candy coat the current major problem of economic disaster by making it funny. It's not.
Larry Crowne is a happy-go-lucky top employee of a Walmart/Target/Home Depot type store named UMart, voted best employee of the month nine times, and suddenly is laid off because he has no college education that would allow him to advance in the ranks of management of the huge megapolis-everything store (Larry spent 20 years in the Navy as a cook instead of going to college). Recently divorced, he owes money on his house (his discussion with the bank is in the person of Rita Wilson!), and he is unable to find work. Larry decides to enroll in the local community college where he mets the pixie-like Talia (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, a sparkling personality on screen) and her boyfriend Dell Gordo (Wilmer Valderrama) and their little motor scooter gang (including Grace Gummer, another of Meryl Streep's daughters). Talia takes Larry under her wing, dresses him like a college student and spiffs up his home while attending the same classes as Larry - Econ (with the weaselly Dr Matsutani played to the hilt by George Takei), and Speech taught by Mercedes (Mercy) Tainot (Julia Roberts) who is usually hungover, drinks too much in order to tolerate her useless husband (Bryan Cranston), and tries every trick to get out of teaching her disinterested students. Larry's developing new self (he has a job as a short order cook in a diner now) meets the change factor in his life - Mercy - who because of his kindness and gentlemanly ways attracts Mercy. That of course progresses into predictable situations.
The other aspect of the film that is actually the most touching is the relationship between Larry and his neighbors Lamar (Cedric the Entertainer) and Bella (Taraji P. Henson) who are in a constant state of yard sale: these two actors provides some of the finest scenes in the film. Larry Crowne joins Talia and Dell Gordo in a motor scooter gang, changes his appearance and outlook, and with the help of his new relationship with Mercy he manages to come up happy. In the end the film (despite some good cameo roles) pretty much wastes Hanks and Roberts in an out of focus antidote to the current state of mass unemployment. LARRY CROWNE tries hard but the bumbling big bird of an airplane just never makes it off the ground.
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