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 help. From the moment Larry meets his stunningly beautiful teacher (who just happens to want out of a very bad marriage), you know everything is going to turn out happily, but the movie is so slow-moving, it seems to take forever to get to the end. Hanks comes across as an ideal man who likes and is liked by everybody; he plays his character effortlessly and is very good. Roberts plays against type by playing an unpleasant and unhappy woman, but you know she’s going to be transformed by Larry’s sweet Everyman persona. The young students who ‘help’ Larry adjust to college life are pushy and annoying and I never believed that he would befriend them.
All in all, this lightweight romantic comedy is just okay, because despite Hanks’ best efforts, it’s actually pretty dull.
** 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 … more
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 … more
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, … more
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 … more
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 … more
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, … more