Larry Crowne Reviews
for me I enjoyed it a lot, thanks for the person who's watched it with me
After losing his job, a middle-aged man reinvents himself by going back to college.
This feel good movie captures the emotional stress of the maturing working population and economic doldrums. The authentic everyman and everywoman portrait has a sensitive touch for the mainstream over 35 generation and avoids all over selling and over dramatizing through its restrained script, yet touching relevant points of experience and malaise that is infecting our society and living experience. Cedric the Entertainer entertains without his wacky, acidic style while both Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts capture their roles and relationships well and without any of the typical melodramatics and over the top stunts found in almost all other romantic comedies. This is a solid movie that doesn't need additional thrills, subplots along with some captivating soundtracks. The weakest part of the film is the final speech that didn't catch on fire, a non-memorable two minutes that didn't capture the depth of emotion. Tom Hanks has some great facial scenes, particularly in the beginning and else where his character speaks millions without saying anything. Well worth the money for those who are now experiencing the pits of despair as Larry Crowne to escape the harsh reality of now and issue forth some modicum of entertaining hope which is exactly what the movie was likely supposed to do.
Director: Tom Hanks
Summary: After being laid off from his longtime job at a soulless retail giant, average middle-aged guy Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) decides it's time to change up his life, so he heads back to college. There, he finds a new perspective -- and a new romance with a professor (Julia Roberts). Hanks directs this comedy-drama from a script co-written by Hanks and Nia Vardalos.
My Thoughts: "It was a cute, charming, fun film. Not the leads best performances, but I don't think the story is award worthy either. But it was a nice little film to watch on a boring day for sure. I really liked the character's. Definitely a film for older adults. These are situations some of us may go through or have gone through. If I ever do, I hope to get as clean of a slate as Larry Crowne does. To be that lucky to have a do-over with no baggage. The movie had a nice array of actor's too, who brought flavor to the film. Not a great film but one I would watch again."
Thanks to Cranston, Hanks, Roberts, Takei and many others this is far from a failure. I really enjoyed this film, regardless of it's lack of ambition.
Very good film! Directed and acted by one of my favorite actors Tom Hanks. What I really enjoyed about this film is the way both stories come in between Tom Hanks and Julia Robert's characters. They were so evenly distributed and not one or the other took more attention than the other, something few directors could do well. I love the story throughout, there were alot of funny moments and an ending just like I expected to be. Acting roles were stupendous, keep em coming Tom!
Until he was downsized, affable, amiable Larry Crowne (Hanks) was a superstar team leader at the big-box company where he's worked since his time in the Navy. Underwater on his mortgage and unclear on what to do with his suddenly free days, Larry heads to his local college to start over. There he becomes part of a colorful community of outcasts, also-rans and the overlooked all trying to find a better future for themselves...often moving around town in a herd of scooters. In his public-speaking class, Larry develops an unexpected crush on his teacher Mercedes Tainot (Roberts), who has lost as much passion for teaching as she has for her husband. The simple guy who has every reason to think his life has stalled will come to learn an unexpected lesson: when you think everything worth having has passed you by, you just might discover your reason to live.
The movie is an innocuous "feel-good" scooter ride. I guess I have to give credit to a movie that focuses on some little glamorized professions such as superstore chain employee and community college teacher. The academic and socioeconomic commentary is quite light; there's more emphasis on the human relationships, especially the cute Henry Higgins/Eliza Doolittle one between Larry "Lance Corona" Crowne and Talia, played by the effervescent Gugu Mbatha-Raw. It's nice, but there's not that much substance.