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This is a sweet production depicting what I guess a Hollywood actor Tom
Hanks would know about the recent economy being tough on most of us.
The entire film gives off this sappy attitude of camaraderie and "let's
work through these hard times together"! It was never drop to the floor
funny, but there were plenty of quirky moments that caused a lot of
chuckles throughout the movie.
It's predictable, but not quite boring. Don't expect to get blown out of the water by anything said or done. It's got a lot of what another reviewer here aptly described as "Hollywood fairy dust" that I suppose Tom Hanks acted out the most in his early acting career, and he's now directing the same kind of stuff in his early directing career.
Larry Crowne is a feel-good reflection of our current times with a Hollywood air of optimism and assurance, telling us that with diligence and persistence, we can all climb out of tough times while keeping a nice standard of living. Go out and see it if you're just looking for some relaxation and chuckles with some decent actors.
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Larry Crowne is a middle aged man who looses his job because he hasn't been to collage. Findding himself in a difficult position, between bank dept and unemployment, he decides to take some collage lessons. There he fells in love for his teacher. Over all, Larry Crowne is a good movie, about the ups and downs of life, and how to be optimistic. Tom Hanks is great as Larry, something expected though. The romance however between him and Roberts is not so good, they seem to lack of chemistry and after all, it seems to be rushed or to be unfit for the story. Plus, the ending leaves the audience with some questions, but that's not as much as a down; more of a pickle. So 4 out of 10, because it seemed promising, but Larry Crowne is easily forgettable.
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This was really a poor excuse for a movie. It was very disjoint, with
little in the way of plot or character development. Tom Hanks portrays
an undereducated middle-aged man who is downsized from his job at a big
box store, so he decides to register at the local community college. A
really hot young college co-ed befriends him for no apparent reason
other than he has a scooter. Julia Roberts portrays a disaffected
teacher at the college, in whose class Tom Hanks is enrolled. Her
character is a bit of an alcoholic who hates her job and has few
redeeming social qualities, and it is mystifying why anyone would be
attracted to her, other than the fact that in real life she is Julia
In an improbable scene, the teacher (Julia) in a drunken stupor accepts a ride on her student's (Tom's) scooter, and then tries to entice him into bed. Being a gentleman, he declines the opportunity. Afterwards, she is disappointed in herself for her indiscretion, but then inexplicably falls for her over-aged student because he didn't tell any of his scooter friends about it. The relationship between Tom's character and the young co-ed fizzles out just as mysteriously as it started, and the teacher (Julia) and her student (Tom) start to develop a mutual romantic interest in a kind of union of misfits. Mercifully, the movie ended soon after.
What a complete waste of time.
Mid-aged, low-level white-collar worker is fired for lacking a junior
college degree while a disenchanted college prof. is caught up in a
tedious job and an even more tedious marriage. As expected, after
assorted misadventures, they find common ground.
The description "cute" is central to many of the other reviews of this film. That pretty much sums it up. Hanks and Roberts presumably couldn't do worse than "cute" if their lives depended on it. A foreseeable script with canned dialogue make for light, very light, entertainment, ideal for a late, late TV viewing when other channels are showing reruns of some Dwayne Johnson action flick, interrupted by thigh-master infomercials.
It's always nice to see both Pam Greer and George Takei in any kind of film (please translate "nice" as "cute"), but semi-cameos do not make up for anything at all.
I saw "From Dusk til Dawn" in a movie theater when it came out. I left
after about 10 minutes, but that movie was way better than this pasty,
silly, off putting, poorly written piece of nothing. If there was a
zero rating, I would use it here.
Acting and in extension script-writing, directing, has to be a) effortless and b) believable. Unfortunately this movie managed none of that. A script that was so incredibly unbelievable paired with acting of dubious (at best) quality made this a train-wreck of a movie. Train-wreck in the sense that although horrible, it is hard to avert your eyes. The make over of the Umart employee of the month to what he becomes, chain in his wallet and all. The over-acting outside Julia's door, looked a lot like Meg Ryan, it is one of the two moves she is asked to do in all movies she is in. The gang, brrrrrrr, horror of horrors... the gang...
We get it, economic downturn, you can make it work! Think positive! There must be a better way of showing it!
Save your money and above all, save your time.
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.
Firstly let me say I think Tom Hanks has been brilliant - the Green
Mile for example is one of my all time favourite films.
So I was looking forward to this, and the first few minutes seemed OK enough to make it worthwhile.
One comment on the opening credits - it says a Tom Hanks film, starring Tom Hanks, co-written by Tom Hanks, Directed by Tom Hanks, Produced by Tom Hanks. Rather reminded of Little Britain's take on Dennis Waterman - i write the theme tune, i sing the theme tune etc.
But back to the film - I will try not to put in any spoilers because the plot - as far as it goes - is very predictable. Also, this is billed as a romantic comedy / drama and I am afraid to say there is very little of each.
With the calibre of the actors you would expect their characters to be believable, but whilst Tom Hanks does a passable performance, Julia Roberts character changes hardly seem credible at all (perhaps she should have watched Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher for some pointers - which is not the greatest film of all time but quite funny nevertheless).
I know this is a bit of negative review as are many others, but the counteracting positive reviews might make you tempted to watch a film which is just plain tedious.
Sorry Tom, but this just seems like a big self-indulgence on your part and had it been anyone else I doubt the script would have got past the producer's waste paper bin.
I had expected that Hanks would manage to do a decent screenplay, but
he seems to be really going for a lot of quirk, and he simply didn't
pull it off. By contrast, the romance plot line was just taken as read,
and he hardly even bothered devoting five full minutes to it.
Acting-wise, Hanks was also trying way too hard. Julia Roberts, on the
other hand, completely phoned it in. For the record, I prefer the
latter, if only because it seemed proportional to the weight of the
It's not painfully bad, but even for a fairly by-the-book RomCom, it wasn't very good either.
This is what we've been waiting for since 9/11. Crazies want human
rights for the terrorists and the government wants some quick intel,
water boarding seems to be inhuman and hell some hardened terrorists
can't be broken at all. Try locking them up in a cell with this movie
playing, I assure you. They will beg for mercy, they'll give up all
that they know, they will renounce their faith, heck they'll be
rehabilitated from that moment onwards. This movie will terrorize the
terrorists themselves, what it will do to us ordinary humans is
If your an adrenaline junkie give it a go, but have your exit strategies planned. Either of the actors is a tormentor all on their own and when they come together, you'd rather choose a spinal tap over this.
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
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