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Connects easily with the public

Author: tub51461 from United States
5 December 2015

This movie is simply a movie in which Tom Hanks wrote, directed, and acted in, not for pure entertainment value. There's some humor in it, but the ultimate goal is that it's strictly written as a means to connect with anyone who has ever been cut from a job which paid the bills, paid the mortgage, paid the student loans, paid any car loans, etc. then nothing, no job, credit is overdrawn, house, car, & lucky if they don't lose their shirt. It's the way of the world for the last 10 years and that's Tom Hanks' message to the audience: How can we adjust to this sudden hole in our lives? Well, the movie subtly gives you a lot of answers. If you ever been out of your element, then you'll enjoy this film.

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Predictable, But Enjoyable

Author: BoomerDT from United States
27 October 2015

This is, at least for me, a perfect type of HBO movie, where I just viewed it. It isn't loaded with special effects and non-stop ridiculous violence, which may be why some of the reviewers hate it. Actually, not a whole lot happens in this story of Larry Crowne, a 50 yr old ex-Navy vet who has been laid off from his retail job and decides to go attend community college. (It is hard to believe he couldn't find another retail job, but we've got to get Tom Hanks in college) Larry does seem to really find himself in college and falls in love with with his speech teacher, Julia Roberts, who is in the process of splitting with her hubby,a frustrated writer who is obsessed with ladies with large boobs. That's about it, but it's only 98 minutes of time spent, Hanks and Roberts are pleasant to watch in the type of role they can do in their sleep. As I said, not a whole lot happens but that's somewhat similar to life most the time.

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lance coronas reinventing inspiration through his Renaissance in re education

Author: 2karl- from Ireland
6 September 2015

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this film I saw in the cinemas tom hanks comes back from his 2yr break so we meet Larry crowne going to work played by tom hanks who directs this funny film and wrote it as well its about you never to old to reinvent yourself so we see him pushing trolleys in the bays he is was a superstar team leader but with everything there is a recession going on he gets told that there is no job left for him so he decides to look for work but there none available so with his mortgage on top of him he is unclear what to do so

so he goes back to college to public speaking and business so as he finds his new teacher miss Mercedes tainot a bit odd who lost he will of life due to her husband played by dean tainot(Bryan Cranston) who is lazy loves porn and has dragged his wife along she is looking for a way out but cant find it so we come to he public speaking class with a class of 9 so she decides that the min is 10 in a class as are the rules but just then Larry crowne pops in so things go on from there talking about popular topics like life and its Venn sway and fashion and food but also his class of business run Dr matsutani played buy a funny George takei scares his class to pieces like They call them smart phones, but only dummies use them in my class but as Larry finds out money doesn't grow on trees and down sizing is a very big option to his gas guzzler so buys a scooter of his neighbors who like a garage sale man next played Lamar(Cedric the entertainer who wants a few bucks for everything so he with Larry sells his items being given to him so so coincidently sparks a something new in his life when meets a colorfully community of outcast with scooters a mini revolution of sorts helps lance coronas rediscover his life and spark that was missing and with his business studies he realizes that his mortgage cant be paid so in order for him to move on with his life he has to take a hit give his house back in a strategic foreclose on his property when moving from his street leaves a hole in his heart but thats life in order to move on as he does so he finds love again with his teacher who low life husband runs into trouble so with his new mates and his new fashion his zest for life invigorates him as its never to late to reinvent for a small film this film packs an emotional punch great story 7/10

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.. barely mediocre

Author: bjarias from United States
1 August 2015

Even when a film has very good material to work with (which this one unfortunately doesn't), it would still have to overcome the distraction of two giant stars to somewhat make it work. Here the material is so weak it's difficult to even get out enough words for this ten line review. These are two of the most recognizable celebrities on the planet, and watching them together on screen is just a distraction.. for mostly whatever they're doing you are still aware that you're watching Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks.. not some random English teacher and one of her students. Box Office MoJo indicates this movie made over seventy-two million dollars worldwide, so I guess the millions invested in the two blockbuster lead actors paid off well for a few folks. Would imagine their devoted fans thought it worthwhile too.. but in truth, it was hardly at all memorable.

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Larry Loses His Crown.

Author: Python Hyena from Canada
16 July 2015

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Larry Crowne (2011): Dir: Tom Hanks / Cast: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Cedric the Entertainer, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, George Takei: Here is a film with a strong message about the underdog that doesn't quite measure up. It begins with promise where Crowne is downsized from his job. From there he figures that he needs education so he heads to college where he falls in love with his married teacher. This is where the film grinds to a halt. Hanks directed That Thing You Do fifteen years ago and it was a decent effort. Here again he applies his craft to a less successful screenplay. Hanks fares well as the underdog who must pull himself out of his situation. He appears to be a good worker with gentleman qualities who can even influence a local gang. Julia Roberts as his teacher makes a great effort in what amounts to your standard romantic tease. She kicks her husband out when she becomes fed up with his porn surfing but this relationship is handled as a very bad comic after thought. Once she is free then she and Crowne get it on outside her apartment and it is boring as hell. Gugu Mbatha-Raw has a wasted role as a young female who introduces Crowne to her biker friends. Cedric the Entertainer plays his neighbor whose job appears to be to have a constant running yard sale. George Takei is terrific as a teacher whose stern views of cell phones in class becomes apparent when Hanks crosses the line more than once. There is a message here regarding overcoming the odds and succeeding but this film succeeds at nothing other than to take two bankable actors and place them within a tired charade. Score: 4 ½ / 10

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The most inoffensive film ever.

Author: Troy Putland from East Sussex
13 July 2015

Larry Crowne is Tom Hank's second film as a director. It's a feel good film with a big heart from its lead man. Financial cuts force Larry (Hanks) into losing his job. This hot topic is brushed aside as Larry stays positive by attending college. He meets some weird and wonderful people, including a young, free spirit who changes everything in Larry's life; his hair style, his fashion sense, even the layout of his living room. Larry's on a journey to reinvent himself. He gets a new job, stays focused in college and has a thing for the teacher (Julia Roberts). Julia Robert's relationship with her husband is nearing its end and never quite fits in with the rest of the film. Ultimately not much happens. The movie never escalates, only simmers. If it weren't for Hanks and Robert's ability to act out greatness from a weak script, Larry Crowne would be worse off. By the time it hits its happy, sure-fire ending all involved will be wondering what Larry Crowne's point was.

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Beautifully Slow

Author: Paul Larson
5 July 2015

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If you only watch action movies, if you only look for car chases, if you can only watch obvious movies, you will hate Larry Crowne. This is a slow, subtle movie about the American middle class and how, at times, it fails. There is nothing obvious about this movie at all, which means you must use your brain while you watch it. Larry, the title character is emblematic of a hard-working, well-intentioned guy who loses his job because he doesn't fit the corporate profile of a college-educated middle-management big-box manager. He has to cut expenses, go back to school, and down-size. His American dream has run up on the rocks. As an almost-fifty kind of guy, he has to re-invent himself. None of this is easy to watch.

He does not go to Harvard. He goes to a no-name community college. Every note in this movie rings true--abandoning his house and mortgage, buying a scooter, wearing his polo shirts tucked into his pants. His professor for speech class has long since become disillusioned with bad students, bad pay, and a stupid husband. In a series of scenes between the professor and her husband (who does nothing--she's the bread winner), we see her drinking too much, losing hope of any kind of meaningful relationship, wondering if things will ever get better. Her husband is hooked on internet porn--sad, really. In a sense, the movie is highly critical of consumer culture, the idea that everyone should have a mortgage, an SUV, and a white picket fence. In reality, none of these things matter.

All of this develops through a series of scenes that slowly tell a story of failure, disillusionment, and desperation. The up-side, though it doesn't appear obvious at once, is speech class. Learning something new, outside of oneself. Roberts, as a professor who once had big ideals about doing a phd and writing a dissertation on Shakespeare, is spot on, and anyone who has taught anything at 8:00 am will understand her frustrations. One of the best scenes is Roberts riding on Hanks' scooter after she has fought with her husband--iconic.

The denouement--Roberts going to see Hanks at his job as a short-order cook--is a quiet cry for help, and they both know it. She has helped him rebuild himself, and he is a small, quiet island upon which she might rebuild herself as well. The movie is slow. There are no shoot outs, chases, or fighting of any kind. There are no special effects. This is what life is really like. Often, unremarkable, but frequently, if you are paying attention, stunning.

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Poor Larry Crowne in an even poorer film

Author: studioAT from United Kingdom
6 June 2015

After the success of 'That Thing You Do' you can see why Tom Hanks was keen to give the acting/writing/directing in a project another go.

Sadly Larry Crowne is not a good film. The premise is good, and certainly topical but it's let down by a paper thin plot and weak characterisation.

Tom Hanks to his credit does his normal everyman trick very well and his relationship with Julia Roberts character is strong,but everything else...oh dear. Even the appearance of Cedric The Entertainer doesn't add much to a film that plods along despite it's relatively short running time.

The sad thing is that this film had potential, but sadly the female characters are so 2D that we never really feel for them. And in a romcom if we don't root for both parties the game is really up.

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Great movie full of positive energy

Author: mgliu from United States
29 May 2015

I'm not a movie critic. But as a viewer, I truly appreciate the story of this movie. After 2008, many Americans lost their jobs, their homes and many struggle to keep their children in school, put food on the table. You've heard of the term tent city, where middle class family put up tents in parks so the children and family can sleep. It was a dark era. This movie took a different spin and use Larry Crowne, an admirable and honorable person with a positive attitude to keep on going and good things started to happen. He didn't end up with a better life in financial point of view but a truly happier person. It shows that life can be joyous and wonderful even when you just made end meets.

Frictional may it be, but it give everyone hopes and encouragement where we should all moving forward and be positive about life.

It's the message I like about the movie and the sweetness of the characters that I enjoyed.

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Loved it

Author: cineastFGD
19 March 2015

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I absolutely and entirely adored this movie. Yes, the story has not much action, yes, the film is slow and a bit corny sometimes, but it's so full of the right stuff that it makes up for it ten times.

A guy, happy enough with his life, dedicated worker, gets laid off despite all his engagement in the job. Before, he's living the typical US middle-class American dream life, over-sized house with huge mortgage, over-sized car with huge gasoline bills, and ... living from paycheck to paycheck. When he looses his job, this 'system' does not work anymore and he slowly, and at first unwillingly, starts to adapt. First thing that goes is the flat screen TV (that's a brilliant point in the story), then the superfluous garage garbage, then the over-sized house and eventually the car. Could be such a sad story, middle class man looses all his possessions and drops down the social ladder, right?

No, because this movie is about how he finally gets his act together. Along the way, he discovers the really important values in life: education (and I don't mean just striving for a degree, but true interest in the acquisition of more knowledge and new skills), friends that truly care for you, grit and purpose and the resulting acknowledgment, and ... well a new partner (it's Hollywood after all). And along the line, that frugality can be fun, that it shouldn't be material possessions we strive for, but that we should care for the impact we have on the life's of others and our own. The day my neighbours will cry after me when I move away, I will know that I have turned into a truly great human being ;).

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