Larry Crowne (2011)



Critic Consensus: Despite the relaxed, easy chemistry of stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, Larry Crowne is surprisingly bland and conventional.

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Until he was downsized, affable, amiable Larry Crowne (Tom 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 (Julia Roberts), who has lost as much passion for teaching as she has for her husband. -- (C) Universal Pictures
PG-13 (for brief strong language and some sexual content)
Comedy , Drama
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Tom Hanks
as Larry Crowne
Julia Roberts
as Mercedes Tainot
Wilmer Valderrama
as Dell Gordo
Bryan Cranston
as Dean Tainot
Pam Grier
as Frances
George Takei
as Dr. Matsutani
Rami Malek
as Steve Dibiasi
Grace Gummer
as Natalie Calimeris
Rita Wilson
as Wilma Q. Gammelgaard
Jon Seda
as Officer Diamond
Malcolm Barrett
as Dave Mack
Maria Canals-Barrera
as Lala Pinedo
Joshua Bitton
as Officer Baker
Tom Budge
as Stan
Julia Cho
as Tori
Dale Dye
as Cox
Alex Quijano
as Team Leader #1
Tina Huang
as Team Leader #2
E-Kan Soong
as Team Leader #3
Taurina Pouncy
as Team Leader #4
A.B. Fofana
as Chester
Ian Gomez
as Frank
Chet Hanks
as Pizza Delivery Boy
Sarah Mahoney
as Samantha
Jack Milo
as Neighbor with Dog
Roxana Ortega
as Alvarez
Holmes Osborne
as Dave Busik
Randall Park
as Trainee Wong
Rob Riggle
as Jack Strang
Brady Rubin
as Dorothy Genkos
Barry Sobel
as Cubby
Claudia Stedelin
as Vicky Hurley
Bob Stephenson
as Andrews
Erin Underwood
as Mom With Baby
Nia Vardalos
as Map Genie Voice
Julie Wagner
as Vacuum Shopper
Chad Smathers
as Michael
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Critic Reviews for Larry Crowne

All Critics (194) | Top Critics (46)

An exceedingly minor entry on already impressive resumés.

Full Review… | October 6, 2011
Top Critic

To pluck romantic comedy from the jaws of a social crisis is a laudable project, worthy of Preston Sturges, and it's a pity that this featherlight drama-written by Tom Hanks and Nia Vardalos, and directed by Hanks himself-should falter in its task.

Full Review… | July 17, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic's an old-fashioned star vehicle, fashioned for the particular screen personas of Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts by Hanks himself, who directed the film and wrote the screenplay with Nia Vardalos. You may recall that he produced her breakthrough film...

July 8, 2011
Top Critic

Larry Crowne is more than a missed opportunity. It's alarmingly, depressingly out of touch.

Full Review… | July 7, 2011
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Even if you wander into this congealed mess with nothing more demanding in mind than to spend a little time with two charming favorites, do not expect Forrest Gump or Pretty Woman.

Full Review… | July 6, 2011
New York Observer
Top Critic

Neither fish nor fowl, Larry Crowne skitters between pathos and shtick, wasting abundant acting talent as it goes.

Full Review… | July 5, 2011
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Larry Crowne


Co-written, directed, produced, and starring Tom Hanks, this tale of a middle aged man changing his life in the wake of the economic crash feels true to what Americans are still feeling today. That being said, that message becomes easily skewed with off-beat and quirky supporting characters, a really misplaced and strange love story, and generally bland scenes that don't mean much. Hanks plays the eponymous Larry Crowne, who is fired from his job though he is a stellar employee, and with his house carrying a great debt he decides to go back to school to get a degree and make sure this never happens again. This is a very real problem in our country today, and as someone who went to a transfer school and had class with adults every day, I find this premise to be very touching and needed in films today. What becomes tedious and overally schmaltzy, seems to be the decision to make Crowne the everyman, and also make him good at everything. He dresses well, he can cook excellently, he nails every one of his classes without any stakes being thrown up or obstacles for him to overcome, and then he finds love on top of that. The love story between him and Julia Robert's character, who is his professor, seems very unnecessary, and making her a defined character as well also seems very strange and misplaced. The supporting characters are fine, except for a young college student named Talia (Mbatha-Raw) who is supposedly eccentric, but just seems nausea inducing and strange; unneeded as well. Most of the film just feels like a jumbled mess, and worst of all, it doesn't really have any meaning for the main character, especially since everything comes so easily to him.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


If you still think that a good casting will make a good movie, see Larry Crowne and think again.

Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia

Super Reviewer

It's a funny movie, Tom Hanks did a good job with it. He directed it, starred in it, co-wrote the script, that's a good job, for me I enjoyed it a lot, thanks for the person who's watched it with me

Mhd Ekrayem
Mhd Ekrayem

Super Reviewer

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