Larry Crowne Reviews

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August 2, 2014
A surprisingly good supporting cast outshines an awkward Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks; look for Taraji Henson in future projects. A clever Nia Vardalos script redeems this clunker up to a point.
July 17, 2014
Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks are great talents given little to do with such slight and forgettable material.
July 2, 2011
Can't wait for this one, I've got HUUUUGE expectations!!!! :) :D
November 25, 2011
A very charming movie that I can't really say I have many problems with. One interesting thing about it is that the way it's shot and structured, it almost feels like a TV comedy. I feel like this idea would make for a good hour long comedy series. It's just a fun little movie. I highly recommend it.
November 21, 2011
Not bad exactly, but I don't see what Hanks wanted to accomplish with this movie, it's such a weak story with thin characters. The way he portrayed the friendship between Larry and the female college "buddy" felt so false and forced. And with such small stakes, it's pretty lethal he only basically asks Julia Roberts' character out in the last minute of the movie, there's just not enough interest to care about if they end up together. There's no way this movie gets made other than somebody like Tom Hanks, who wrote and directed as well. I'm glad he got to do his pet project, but it's too bad it's just not good. At least it's not an awful effect, just an extremely banal and mediocre one.
½ July 16, 2011
A highly-underrated romantic comedy that could only have been better if one of those smitten was not a married person at the time. Tom Hanks, who co-wrote, directed, and stars, and Julia Roberts display a wonderful chemistry. There are many truisms in this movie; moments where you watch and think "this has happened to" either you or someone you know. I absolutely loved it.
½ April 18, 2014
Easy to watch but not romantic enough, Julia's character is too bitchy at the beginning and the chemistry with Tom's character wasn't really there. I really liked the story about never giving up and that it's never too late to study and achieve more things in life.
November 16, 2013
It just didn't work.
March 25, 2014
Middle aged Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) is fired from the big box supermarket he has worked for since he left the Navy kitchens. Realising that the reason for his joblessness is that he never got a higher education he decides to join his local college where he meets an array of bohemian students and he develops a crush for his speech professor Mrs. Tainot (Julia Roberts), a bitter woman that has lost faith in teaching and spends her afternoons drinking martinis at home while her once talented husband looks at internet porn.
Through his experience in college Larry learns that he has made lots of mistakes in his life but that he is still in time to correct them, the movie is a depiction of his learning curve.
An uplifting film about the power of education and of second chances in life, the script walks us through his classes where he encounters funny situations and lovely people. It is entertaining but too sweet for me, there is no struggle, not a baddie not an insurmountable or overwhelming situation, just smiles and good will, at the end it just feels like you ate a giant marshmallow.
Another issue is the main character, despite his mild charm and good predisposition I cannot fall in love with Larry (sorry Larry), he is just too plain, lacks charisma and he isn't memorable enough, I know he fixed her tom-tom but I just don't get why Mrs. Tainot is so taken with him (who needs a tom-tom to get to work anyway?). I am perhaps a little tough with rom-coms as there isn't much of novelty in them, this is a clear example. Pleasant? Yes, Meaningful? No.
½ March 20, 2014
This movie "Larry Crowne" is a movie that will bored you half to death. By there moments that will try to get you attention but not enough to hold on to the attention. They are hardly any laugh in this movie! For the performances, were awful and to the extreme of ignoring. The directing and screenplay by Tom Hanks was unbelievable. It's clearly that Tom Hanks's writing and directing is extremely disagreeable and repulsive. The score is just fine. "I'm raving that "Larry Crowne" is one of the discouraging movie I have ever seen in a movie like this one!"
January 9, 2014
(32%)
In all honesty, this is not really very good, but it's such a hard film to dislike as Hanks is so likeable as a person that he just about saves the movie from falling apart. The thin script doesn't really have a third act, and it really runs out of pace and direction about halfway through. Most feel-good films go very low and quite dark (It's a wonderful life) before raising the spirits to an even higher level, this on the other hand simply dips its toes in the gloom and quickly pulls them out. Overall it's not great, but it's not really terrible, just very unremarkable.
½ March 3, 2014
This movie is pretty harmless and forgettable. I would have gone with it but I just didn't buy the romantic relationship between Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. It is setting up that there may be some relationship between him and the scooter girl. It doesn't seem like Tom and Julia had any connection. Then all of a sudden he picks her up on a bad night and kisses her. It felt very abrupt. Other than that, it's not a bad movie. Just not much there.
April 3, 2012
Larry Crowne thrives from the charisma that Tom Hanks is able to deliver with his simple humble performance of Larry Crowne, a man who is fired from a mediocre job and seeks a future through a college education. Julia Roberts gives a strong performance (though it will never be remembered as one of her best) but Hanks outshines everyone and while also pulling double duty in the directors chair takes a simple direct plot and makes a connection with viewers all the while entertaining with ease.
½ February 11, 2014
Awful, just awful. I mean what were they thinking? I don't get it, why would they do it? Why, why why? Tempted? Just to see how wrong this movie is? Don't be! That is unless, the movie really turned around in the last half hour? After just over an hour spent in the company of these ridiculous unappealing characters, I just couldn't take any more...
November 4, 2013
Navy veteran Tom Hanks signs up for classes at a community college after he is laid off from his retail job and he soon falls for his teacher played by a very bitchie Julia Roberts. This movie did not make me laugh it did however make me cringe on occasion. A few cute moments but a generic movie with some big wasted talent, including Bryan Cranston. George Takei was probably the funniest thing in this. Roberts was just painful. 11.13
January 6, 2014
With an interesting idea, a nice story, a good script full of cute dialogue written by Nia Vardalos and Tom Hanks, a great cast with fantastic performances by Tom Hanks as Larry Crowne and Julia Roberts, with special appearances by George Takei, Cedric the Entertainer, Rob Riggle and Bryan Cranston, and a special cameo by Rita Wilson, wonderful directing by Tom Hanks, a sweet message filled with lots of heart and a fine pace and flow, Larry Crowne is not the best film ever made, but is a movie that is uplifting and enjoyable.
½ December 31, 2013
Los actores estan muy bien pero el guion es complaciente y predecible.Aceptable.
December 6, 2013
Really heartening movie. Not exactly a romantic comedy, so don't expect this to be another Pretty Woman. But the warmth of the performances of especially Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts makes it a sweet movie.
December 4, 2013
Great film that reminds us that we can always reinvent ourselves and learn new things.
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