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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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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,098,795 (USA) (1 July 2011)


$35,565,975 (USA) (12 August 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tom Hanks performed a number of roles on this movie. Hanks was the lead actor, co-writer, producer and the film's director. See more »


Dr. Matsutani in Econ 1 displays a second semester textbook instead of a first semester textbook. See more »


Mercedes Tainot: Larry, you're a great student. I'm not an easy A.
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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 »


Listen To Her Heart
Written by Tom Petty
Performed by Tom Petty
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a community college concerto in c+ minor
13 October 2013 | by (san diego) – 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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