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Rediscover life and love
After losing his job, a middle-aged man reinvents himself by going back to college.
An infectious, inspiring gem that has been, by and large, ignored by movie-goers, Tom Hanks' "Larry Crowne" is a quietly excellent, delightfully charming comic-drama about a man starting over. That man, played with mirthy charm by Tom Hanks, is Larry Crowne, a regular Joe forced to hit the reset button on his life when he is fired from his retail job. Upbeat, uplifting, and unwaveringly appealing, the film is a feel-good treat.
Hanks and Nia Vardalos's script revolves around the middle-aged Crowne who hits the community college books when he is booted from his job. In school, he falls in with the somewhat younger crowd and learns to find the spring that once blessed his step. There are romantic angles…
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…
LARRY CROWNE is an actual movie that exists. There are actors, many good ones, saying lines from a script, on a film set, in front of cameras that are recording them. I'm seeing this with my eyes. I'm hearing the words with my ears. This is actually happening. But watching LARRY CROWNE felt a bit like watching empty space, like molecules floating in the air before me.
I have no opinion of it, I am devoid of all feeling and yet, I can't look away. For 98 minutes, I watched LARRY CROWNE in almost a comatose state. Maybe I blinked, or smiled, but I can't remember. I wasn't bored or excited. I was just there, absorbing the film in a non-reactive state.
It's not bad, it's not good, it's not funny or emotional. It just is.
LARRY CROWNE exists. I'm logging it in Letterboxd, and I'm moving on with my life.
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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.
Saying anything more would be over-analyzing this.
Why did I do this.
Larry Crowne is a weird movie. There's something about it that did not sit right with me at all. Tom Hanks plays the titular character who gets fired from his job at the beginning of the film because he does not have a college degree. He then enrols in community college and joins a scooter gang for some reason.
The film has a quirky cast of characters, such as Gugu Mbatha-Raw who is the catalyst for Crowne's changes in attitude and in wardrobe. Meanwhile her boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama seems wary of Crowne and somewhat jealous of their close friendship. All of that stuff was very odd to me and not really that interesting.
Julia Roberts plays Crowne's teacher and love…
Any film with Hanks and Roberts is worth watching and enjoyable, and this is no exception. If we can forget some clichés and improbable situations it's fun, fast-paced and tells an uplifting story.
However, the enthusiastic second film by Hanks as writer-director after fifteen years is uneven, albeit self-consciously whimsical. Overall, a good lightweight vehicle for its stars and an agreeable ensemble led by the remarkable Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Also featuring Cedric the Entertainer, Bryan Cranston, George Takei, Wilmer Valderrama, Taraji P.Henson, Pam Grier, Rami Malek, Malcolm Barrett, Rita Wilson, Holmes Osborne, Rob Riggle and Grace Gummer (Meryl Streep's daughter).
Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) co-scripted, is the voice of Roberts’ GPS device and her husband, Ian Gomez, plays restaurant owner Frank. Recommended.
What a terrible movie.
Tom Hanks work better if he is more of a producer and actor than as a director. I still find this a bit endearing though the backlash is more of a reaction toward the economic situation at the contemporaneous era in the movie.
Sugary sweet, no frills, feel good stuff that isn't trying to do much other than make us smile, and for me it worked. Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts make a nice pair of people looking not only for love but for a partner they can respect and be respected by. A solid supporting cast turns what should have been a fairly dry story about bridging a generational gap into something hugely entertaining.
the titular character is so devoid of flaws or vices that it is ultimately his childish naivete, his mundanity that makes him completely uninteresting to watch. julia roberts is a community college teacher at odds with her husband. her primary problem with him seems to be that he spends all day looking at soft core porn pics on his computer while listening to sky ferreira pre-pitchfork approval tunes. i understand maybe why this bothers her but also surely if he's on the internet ALL DAY, he knows how to find some actual peeno? i hate myself for thinking wilmer valderrama is kinda hot in this. also, as always, rami malek is extremely cute. the relationship that develops between teacher julia…
Solid light hearted fun movie. Nice random cast too.
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