What can I say about Tom Hanks that hasn't already been said? He is one of our industry's most respected…
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…
Viewed on The Movie Network
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.
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.
Solid light hearted fun movie. Nice random cast too.
The things I do for my precious Rami Malek...
Stunningly low stakes, it's a wonder it was made at all
Really unique film about starting over. The script is charming witty and engaging. I always love watching anything with Tom Hanks and this film is no exemption.
Like watching a public service movie on surviving the recession.
Confident, inspiring and above all charming. The entire viewing experience that comes with watching "Larry Crowne" can be summed up in those three simple words. This movie was brimming with delightful charm in every way. With the great cinematographer Philippe Rousselot supporting our actors with the bright and straight forward style he also provide "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "The Nice Guys". At the helm of this pleasant journey is the always wonderful Tom Hanks. Adding multiple levels of confidence and charm as the director, the writer and the leading man. With support from an awesome troop of actors including the great Cedric the Entertainer as well as legends like George Tekai and Pam Grier. As well as the…
Larry Crowne is a nice little film about starting over. I like a lot of aspects of the film but as the perfect same time, it's very it just there.Tom Hanks and July Roberts are wonderful together even though I like the set up for them because in the first half you rarely see them together and basically in the last 30 minutes there in love already? but Hanks and Roberts save this weak script with their charm and wonderfully chemistry I was really surprised that I didn't get distracted by seeing their star power because this was their first film together. I was able to get into it because of their acting, ability these two really are one of…
At the end, it's a sweet movie.
Strangely human, second time through just as enjoyable as the first time.