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A movie about the secret real age of everyone. A film about games,
illusions and desire. A love story. And a nostalgic french comedy. In
fact, a subtle attempt to self-definition.
I believe in childhood immortality. In the colors of a magic frame of mind who save every moment of routine. And this nice movie is only a pledge for the delicious "etat d'enfance". For the force of a strange love not for a person but for some words in which everybody is master of the moment. A toy, a game, a habit are elements of a sweet condition and parts of life's assumes. The Peter Pan spirit is the essence of every gesture of Hanks, the root of his vacillation and ambiguity.
The box is treasure, legacy, source of power and cruelty, Narnia's door. It is the body of mum's memory and form of special normality. Because it is a gift with magic valences, the wall of personal world.
The precious element of "Larry Crowne" is Hanks acting. Subtle, precise, well-balanced. Like in "Big Fish", his character is a light's source and sign of miracle, And it is not very easy.
A good film about a form of spell.
The Movie was not great, but the character Talia was so adorable in the movie that it made it bearable to watch. Julia Roberts AWFUL spends her time yelling at students and her husband who is not thrilled that she drinks too much and is not well endowed in the upper body. Tom Hanks character was a fun loving guy down on his luck after losing his job and re enrolls in school so he doesn't get overlooked on job promotions due to his lack of education. This could hit home to a lot of people that this may have happened to. Glad I didn't spend the money at the movies to watch but watched it on HBO. Made me definitely want to go out and purchase a Vespa. And to drink a Margarita...
I thought this movie was terrible. As few films as Hanks and Roberts do
now, why on earth would they pick this movie to waste their time in!
Absolutely terrible story where nothing happens.
Hanks plays Larry, a guy that goes back to college to improve employment opportunities. Roberts plays his speech teacher, Mercy, whom seems to barely want to do her job. It's easy to see where this is going even if Mercy is married. They have her husband be some kind of lazy, porn watcher, to be a good reason for their breakup.
Then a young college student is thrown in that befriends Larry and invites him to join a scooter club? Just boring and this wasn't funny in the least.
FINAL VERDICT: Don't waste time on this.
One of the worst movies i've seen so far this year..me and my friends suffered throughout the entire movie and regretted for choosing it in the first place.Tom Hanks' name fooled us to watch the movie believing that at least it would be a decent movie to watch.Julia Roberts was not up to the task either.We were trying to figure out why on earth these two talented and Oscar winning actors decided to star in such a movie.It looked as if they were two washed up actors who tried to prove that they still ''have it''.I felt sorry for them who made a fool of themselves trying to make us laugh with some silly jokes and goofy faces but failed tragically to do so... we went home and watched Forrest Gump for the fifth time just to regain our respect for Tom Hanks..
Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) is a long-time floor manager of a
Wal-Mart-like superstore who happens to love his job. Due to the
recession, however, his company begins downsizing redundant employees
and because of Larry's lack of a college education, he soon finds
himself without a job. In order to make himself more marketable, he
registers for some classes at a local community college. Here he meets
a set of new friends, led by Talia (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and Dell Gordo
(Wilmer Valderrama), who share his passion for scooters and who attempt
to revamp his image. He also meets Mercedes Tainot (Julia Roberts), an
alcoholic speech teacher in a failing marriage and an even less
fulfilling job. The two strike up an awkward friendship that ultimately
benefits them both in this story of revitalization and renewal in the
face of adversity.
First off, I love Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. At one time or another, I would have listed them both as my favorite actor and actress respectively. Hanks is the classic All American Actor, the guy you root for at all times and who seems to genuinely understand his massive appeal. Roberts is the female version of Hanks, the beautiful girl next door who's managed to remain a fan favorite for 20 years in an industry that forgets women the second they turn 35. I am always happy to see either of them on screen (unless it involves "The Da Vinci Code") and despite the dip in productivity that each have experienced over the last decade, they can still get me out to a theater based solely on their names. I have long believed that you can't make either of these great actors unlikable.
Well, I was wrong.
"Larry Crowne" is an absolute disaster in every sense of the word. None of these characters are in the least bit relatable or likable. Tainot is an awful old bat that I pretty much hated the moment she stepped on screen. I'm all for a good redemption story and I understand that you have to start low to make the high more significant, but if this character had been hit by a bus in the tenth minute, I would have been fine. Larry himself is so thoroughly hapless that I just couldn't bring myself to invest in him despite the numerous times my brain told me, "Come on dude, that's Tom Hanks! You've got to love his character! It's just a rule." He is a painful mix of Forrest Gump (my least favorite Hanks film until now) and the kid from "Big" that comes across as wholly unbelievable. No one is this naïve. No one. The rest of the cast, which includes George Takei, Cedric the Entertainer, and Rob Riggle, ranges from totally worthless (Pam Grier) to cringe-worthy and one dimensional (Bryan Cranston, how in the name of "Breaking Bad" did you get talked into this role?!). That's not even mentioning Mbatha-Raw who probably shouldn't be allowed to act again. Shockingly, Valderrama gives the best performance of anyone in the film but in some ways, isn't that all I need to say? The foreign dude from "That '70s Show" who has done absolutely nothing else of note in his career is the best part of this film. Ouch.
All of these retched characters are nothing, however, compared to the excessively cheery and somewhat pointless nature of the film's narrative. There is no real humor in "Larry Crowne", only watered-down jokes that might suffice on a middling CBS sitcom but don't do the job in a feature film. The overt cheeriness goes hand-in-hand with Larry's naivety but as I said before, this naivety is irritating, not endearing. Everyone is happy all the time (except for Tainot) and as a result there is no depth to the characters or the story. The events simply play out in front of the helpless audience instead of bringing them into the story. That's not always a bad thing, I guess, but when you're working with an extremely relevant topic like job loss, you're wasting an opportunity to engross the audience. "Crowne" really doesn't even make an attempt to do so and that is perhaps its most egregious offense.
In short, this film has Nia Vardalos' fingerprints all over it. IMDb will tell you that Hanks co-wrote "Larry Crowne" with Vardalos but I don't believe it for a minute. This mess has Vardalos' fingerprints all over it: one note characters, a shallow plot, and abysmal dialog. That's all Vardalos has treated us to since "Greek Wedding" scored $350 million at the box office and I was willing to accept that she would always be involved with horrible movies that I would simply stay away from. But now that she's infected the glorious careers of both Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts well, I think I'm ready to preserve the greater good and rid the world of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and everyone who had anything to do with it. Since I'm out of plutonium, however, I'll just have to implore you, dear readers, to stay away from "Larry Crowne" and pretend you've never heard of Nia Vardalos.
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The opening credits of this movie were great! Names fly by as Larry
Crowne (Hanks) is picking up garbage, stocking shelves with a smile,
and cleaning puke off a mechanical horsey which instantly makes it easy
to like the hard-working Crowne. As the credits finish the "powers that
be" call in Hanks for a talk. The leadership team of the store informs
Crowne he doesn't have the schooling for promotion and fire him. It is
easy to relate with the frustration and bewilderment of Crowne as he
ponders his next step.
Sadly the movie bogs down and loses steam. Not a lot happens and it takes a long time for it to happen. Hanks and Roberts save the movie from being painfully slow and move my classification to tolerable.
The weirdest part of the movie was Crowne's friendship with the motor bike gang leader Talia. For some random reason Talia adopts Crowne as a missing father figure/lost puppy/charity case thing. It's weirdly flirtatious, mostly pointless, and never explained. My guess is Talia gave the movie a legitimate way to make-over Crowne from lame department manager to the hip achieve your dreams American dream Crowne.
This is a feel good, romantic comedy that you can skip.
Reading some of the reviews before hand left me wondering how bad this movie might be. I do like both Hanks and Roberts so was willing to see it anyway. I was actually pleasantly surprised at the film. The people who didn't like it either didn't understand the message, or were too busy expecting it to be something it wasn't. The mistake people make going into this is thinking it is just supposed to be some love story. It's really so much more than this. Both main characters learned valuable lessons about life, and about who they are, and what they need to do to go forward, and how they can start anew. Well written, directed and acted. The characters were real and the film really got into the sincerity of them. I enjoyed my experience immensely. I give it an 8 of 10
I find myself wondering if Nia Vardalos ever listened to a man who
disagreed with her. This movie's dialog reeks of her odd sensibilities,
the sort that manifest in terrible unsolicited advice and uproarious
laughter at anything resembling a Cathy comic strip.
The height of this misappreciation for male behavior comes in a scene which should have had an intense amount of tension, with Julia Roberts and Bryan Cranston, both drunk, fighting in their car. Any movie willing to have Bryan Cranston loudly proclaim his love for big knockers has flown right off the rails. I would accuse the movie of sexism, but then I realize most of the characters prove equally two-dimensional in their own special way.
I didn't ask for much from this movie. I expected quirky characters and Tom Hanks being affably charming. What I got were characters flipping from awkward and over the top. Vardalos and Hanks don't seem to have a grasp on what human being act or sound like. The sheer cluelessness about human nature grows more and more alienating as the movie progresses.
Hanks has made a good movie before. "That Thing You Do" was a delightful movie with heart and a good amount of insight on the nature of pop music. With that in mind, it's hard not to blame him as a bad judge of character for teaming up with Vardalos. I get that people were delighted with a movie that addressed being big, fat, and in need of a Greek wedding, but that appears to be the extent of her skill set. Hanks needs to pick better collaborators.
Okay, so Larry Crowne is not award-winning, groundbreaking material; but it sure does not deserve to be torn to shreds in reviews. It's a story about a man starting over after being "downsized" from his job in retail. Why go into it with all these great expectations? The story line is simple and straightforward. Let's be honest. It does not need a whole lot to be deemed a success. I mean, hello, it has Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. They have amazing careers and a huge fan base. Overall, it is enjoyable. Tom Hanks is, as always,charming. He makes the audience genuinely care for Larry Crowne. Julia Roberts provided unexpected, yet welcome comical timing as Mercedes Tainot. As a big fan of hers, I will have to say that Larry Crowne is one of my favorite films starring her post-Erin Brockovich. I was not expecting to find this movie funny, yet I caught myself giggling at clever quips and such. Also, there is a number of supporting characters that are vital to the comical effect of the movie. Larry Crowne is about a man finding his way after being let go from his previous job. The audience gets to root for Larry and watch him succeed. It's a feel good, light-hearted movie with a touch of romance...just sit back and enjoy it.I was very pleasantly surprised after seeing all the reviews it got. I can't speak for everyone, but I would go see it again.
What's not to love about Larry Crowne? I almost didn't bother because of the not so flattering trailer and the mediocre reviews, but when I finally got the chance to sit back and watch Larry Crowne I found myself engaged in it, laughed out loud at least eight times, cared about the characters, really felt good about how refreshing it was to see a good natured film for once instead of a bunch of nasty sex and violence, was in awe of the acting and screen writing, really, really cared about not exactly Larry Crowne the character but the film as a whole. Yeah, it seemed like a big budget all star version of the TV show Community, but so what? It's entertaining as hell.
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