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Larry Crowne

 

Larry CrowneAfter losing his job, a middle-aged man reinvents himself by going back to college.

Director: Tom Hanks

Writers: Tom Hanks, Nia Vardalos

Staring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Sarah Mahoney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts

Wilmer Valderrama

Wilmer Valderrama

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Review for “Larry Crowne”

  1. Eddie Tsang says:

    Bad Title: Good movie. The reviews of this movie prepared me for the worst. And, believe me I only went to see it because it was the only film starting at an acceptable time at the Cineplex. Imagine my surprise when it turned into a pleasant, old fashioned (1980s) style romantic comedy that deals with current social and economic issues.
    Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts get to use their likeability level to their fullest in this film.
    Tom Hanks plays a middle aged veteran just fired from his job at a retailer because of his lack of education. We later find out that his wife has left him and his house, which he mortgaged to keep in the divorce, is under water.
    In response to his life’s woes, he decides to go back to college and better himself. It is in college that he meets his Public Speaking Professor Mercedes (Julia Roberts) and a number of likeable college age students. Mercedes is also down in her luck. Her husband is an out-of-work author who spends his days looking at big breasted women on the Internet. In response, she gets home from work and drinks a lot. In fact, she is a lush.
    The two meet and a spark develops between them. However, Mercedes and Larry do not consummate it for a number of reasons; her marriage and her role of his teacher being the two most prominent. In the end, you can all guess what happens.
    However, it is not what happens that is the point in this film. It is the getting there that matters. And Mr. Hanks, in his first directorial role since “That Thing You Do,” pulls it off against all odds. Granted, the film is not “Casablanca,” but it is an enjoyable ride. In fact, had this film been made 30 years ago with middle aged stars, it probably would have been box office gold.
    From a moral standpoint, it portrays its heroine as an alcoholic and seems to condone pre-marital and extra-marital sex. But, other than that, there is not much wrong with it.
    I give it three out of five stars.

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