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Despite the relaxed, easy chemistry of stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, Larry Crowne is surprisingly bland and conventional.
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An exceedingly minor entry on already impressive resumés.
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.
...it'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...
Larry Crowne is more than a missed opportunity. It's alarmingly, depressingly out of touch.
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.
Neither fish nor fowl, Larry Crowne skitters between pathos and shtick, wasting abundant acting talent as it goes.
Larry Crowne is agreeable, nimble and oddly reassuring, a big-studio comedy/drama that is funny but refreshingly unemphatic in its jokes and emotional beats.
Tom Hanks directs himself in this, and also wrote the original script, so if you ever thought you can't have too much Hanks here is something else to blow your mind: you so, so can.
Although Hanks' hand is quite noticeable in the powerful cast, as in the pleasing plot, the story is too simple to make this film transcend beyond providing a few hours of wholesome fun... [Full review in Spanish]
There's no deep message. No complex characters. No moments of high drama, no inspired speeches. But the pictures are pretty, the story is sweet and it's told by a top-notch team of Hollywood pros. It's not great; but it sure is likable.
Larry Crowne could be subtitled, "My Big Fat Mid-Life Crisis."
Tom Hanks's company Playtone appears to be dedicated to making movies where a Beach-Boys-y soundtrack and 1950s Boy Scout values still inform everything. Not necessarily a bad thing -- just cloying.
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.
If you still think that a good casting will make a good movie, see Larry Crowne and think again.
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
i thoroughly enjoyed this underrated film. it was a bit more charming and unique than most standard rom coms these days, the cast was solid, and i laughed a lot. goerge tekai was especially hilarious. the film was trashed by critics who felt that the social commentary on the economy was a bit wasted, but i wonder how many of them have been seriously impacted by the effects. i have been a victim of the recent troubles, and i felt like i could place myself in the film and fit right in. spot on in my mind.
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