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Larry Crowne

A 2011 movie directed by Tom Hanks.

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'Larry Crowne" 'Two Jews On Film' Ask Mr. Hanks What Were You Thinking? (Video)

  • Jun 29, 2011

By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

Once upon a time, a Hollywood actor named Tom decided to write a film about a middle aged average guy who loses his job, goes to college, makes some new friends, joins a motor scooter gang, gets a makeover, and has his house foreclosed on..

Oh...in case I forgot to mention...He meets an alcholic college Professor who looks very much like Julia Roberts. They of course fall in love and live happily ever after.

Don't worry...I'm not spoiling anything.  You know that's going to happen the minute Tom walks into Julia's class.

Not only did Tom Hanks write this film along with Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) but he directed it as well.  

All I can say is...This is Hollywood pablum at its worst.

Tom plays Larry Crowne.  Larry gets fired from his job,because it turns out...he never went to college.  So Crowne enrolls in the local community college...Takes a couple of courses...meets a group of very cool and very goodlooking people, all under the age of 25, joins their little motor scooter gang, and he finds out it's never too late to be happy.


Julia Roberts is Mercedes, the alcholic, extremely unhappy, college professor.  Of course she's unhappy.  She's married to a writer (Brian Cranston) who doesn't write.  He's too busy looking at porn all day on his computer. On top of that, poor Mercedes hates her job.  Her first class is at 8:00 AM.  Guess she isn't a morning person. Mercedes is bitter and bitter does not look good on Miss Roberts.

This film is supposed to be a romantic comedy.  It's not romantic...nor is it funny.

'Larry Crowne' is a bad Hollywood fairy tale that says...You can lose your home, your family, your possessions...but as long as you appreciate the little things in life...you'll be okay.

Also it doesn't hurt, if you have a hot chick named Talia (Guga Mbatha-Raw) who becomes your BFF, gives you a new 'do' and a make-over.

'Larry Crowne' opens in theaters, Friday July 1, 2011 and 'Two Jews On Film' gave this a very low bagel rating.  Yes, they actually agreed. 
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July 01, 2011
These films seem a message from Hollywood to the serfs to whom they pander: don't mind your overwhelming debt, ruinous mortgage and atrocious economy, for we'll always be about to feed you your favorite brands of excrement.

That you've suffered this so that we won't have to is admirable, but all any of us need do is read this film's synopsis to know ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
July 02, 2011
Perfectly put. Have a great 4th weekend
July 01, 2011
This one I may see this Saturday, just because I am curious....this kinda reminds me of some other movie, but I cannot put my finger on it. I like being depressed..LOL!!
July 01, 2011
I think you'll be more annoyed by this film, than depresses Can't wait to hear what you think
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review by . November 30, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
** out of ****    "Larry Crowne" is an unspectacular, bland romance. If one could sum it all up as simplistically as possible, that would be my first choice. A film like this - one that is neither good nor particularly bad - leaves no room for sudden enthusiasm. I watched the film, I tried to get involved in it, but the film doesn't pay off as well as it wants to and becomes the sort of film where you can almost tell when it isn't even trying. In this film's case, that's most …
review by . March 26, 2012
Claire Danes does an amazing job of portraying an amazing woman.    Temple Grandin does not see, think or feel things like the average person. Her photographic mind is wired to visualize life, gadgets and needed changes yet she isn't able to communicate this very well. The world would benefit from her skills but first she has to get through college, good old boys, and ignorant idiots so her ideas can make a difference.    The cinematography is designed to …
review by . July 01, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Hanks goes back to school, fails miserably.
LARRY CROWNE   Written by Tom Hanks and Nia Vardalos   Directed by Tom Hanks   Starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Cedric the Entertainer       It’s nothing personal against Tom Hanks – I like the guy – but he would not be my first choice to write, direct and star in a feature about the difficulties one faces when one loses a thankless job in the middle of one’s life. Larry Crowne is uneducated, which employer, U-Mart, …
review by . January 18, 2012
Tom Hanks stars a Larry Crowne, a happy, friendly, hard worker at a Target-like store who gets laid off because he never went to college. He enrolls in a community college, makes friends with a lot of young students, and is lucky enough to have a speech teacher played by Julia Roberts.      Co-written and directed by Hanks, this movie falls flat. It’s good-natured and wholesome enough, but so innocuous and predictable that I fell asleep twice and rewatching it didn’t …
review by . July 02, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         Larry Crowne is strained, unfocused, and pointless, which is both strange and appalling given the talent attached to it: Tom Hanks, who not only stars but was also the director, one of the producers, and the co-writer; Julia Roberts, who co-stars; Nia Vardalos, the other half of the screenwriting team. Between them, they have three Oscars and six Oscar nominations, and don’t even get me started on the Golden Globes. How could any of them have …
Quick Tip by . August 29, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Not as bad as what the other Lunch reviewers have claimed. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit despite the fact that it is a no-brainer. In addition, the lack of chemistry between Hanks & Robert is another downside. Other than that, considering the way the world is now and the scripting, it's really not too bad.       Some hilarious moments, some thought provoking actions and some touching scenes... well, that's all it takes ;-) For those who are not into movies, …
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Director: Tom Hanks
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release Date: 1 July 2011 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Tom Hanks, Nia Vardalos
Runtime: 99 min
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