Larry Crowne Reviews
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.
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.