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Challenged by Connor Lightbody
Rediscover life and love
After losing his job, a middle-aged man reinvents himself by going back to college.
I theoretically hate this movie's guts—and indeed, when I saw it theatrically, I wrote a one-star review—but I watch it compulsively on HBO because it just has to be seen to be believed. Over and over again. That's worth something.
You would think after working with some of the world's greatest directors that Tom Hanks would have picked up a trick or two for his own forays into the art. "That Thing You Do" was as bland a movie as they come and unfortunately for Hanks he doesn't seem to have learned much since.
This film has been crucified by almost everyone I know and although it isn't offensively bad it won't be the first thing that Hanks or Julia Roberts stick on their cv. Hanks tries his best and this does have some funny moments but they are few and far between. Roberts and Hanks's romantic attachment is also without any chemistry whatsoever and reminded me of those shitty…
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I was hoping this was going to be at least, an inspirational film.
Larry Crowne tells us that when we are struck with hardship, we should go to college, buy a scooter and hang out with other scooter lovers then everything will be okay.
But what makes Larry Crowne a pretty bad film is its direction and script.
An all too predictable story with bad writing.
(I've previously described how I can't stand the Studio Canal logo that appears at the beginning of this film. I have a new theory that a small bird was hired to direct it. It's the only explanation that makes sense.)
‘Larry Crowne’ is a baffling film. It means well, but can barely hold together its story and characters beyond anything surface level. I suspect Hanks loves his actors too much, letting them indulge in hammy moments that make this feel extra cloying. Cranston, especially, is wasted here. A fascinating mess.
Tom Hanks, auteur.
Saying anything more would be over-analyzing this.
It says a lot about a film when you are entering films into here and you are doubting whether you saw it or not, it turns out after watching the trailer that yes I did watch this. I really don't know what star rating to give it.
it seems that Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts were in vegas at a high-limit craps table and lost their bankroll and then-some. in order to make up for that dead-spot in their finances, they quick agreed to do a adam-sandler-esque rom-com with little depth but great profitability.
along the way, several other stars said they could use some scratch, so, Hanks and Roberts, being too nice allowed "in".
performances, plot, etc. - nothing to see here and they put almost no effort into it. They probably shot the whole movie in a single weekend before their significant others' knew how much they lost at that craps table.
but, this does provide evidence for the age-old question of whether we would watch an A-list star read the phone book...
Enjoyable, not taxing fun
Well this was cute. Written, directed and starring Tom Hanks, who can really do no wrong. And who isn't in love with Julia Roberts? Uplifting if you need to put a smile on your face. Seeing a guy who was down on his luck succeed while being a guy down on your luck can feel good.
I really enjoyed this film. The story's not overly complicated or sappy. The characters are engaging and entertaining. Even Bryan Cranston, who's a huge dick in the movie, has a side that makes me want to hang out with the guy.
It's basically a coming of age story for a guy in his late 40's/early 50's. Tom Hanks is at his best when he's playing a likable, funny guy. While I find Julia Roberts at her most entertaining when she has a little bit of an edge. Both are doing what they do best right here.
All of the supporting roles are great. They range from the wacky neighbors, to the cute, younger friend who rebuilds Hanks into a cool guy. You've got hilarious boyfriends, co-workers, and students that round out the cast. This was a nice way to end out 2015.
Like Hanks' first film (That Thing You Do) this is light and inconsequential, but with the strong performances from a much more appealing cast it just about stays on track.
i like it; fuck y'all.
I don't want to finish this.
If I'm a phony since I'm not going to finish this, I DONT CARE.
Sorry, Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks looks old. His hair flecked with grey and pudginess settling into his face, with all that ‘hey howdy hey’ jolliness he is five years away from being a department store Santa. His Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail days long gone, you don’t see him as a romantic lead any more. Larry Crowne, which he co-wrote with Nia Vardalos, directs and plays the title character, represents his last throw of the dice in the rom-com arena. Julia Roberts, who at one point shares his scooter, joins him in what is a warm-hearted look at reinvention in recession hit America. It has a message - you don’t have to change yourself that much to remain true to your…
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This is the second part of my list of watched movies, this list carries on from June 1999 to the…