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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…
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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.
Tom Hanks, auteur.
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.
I liked it. The critics did not. I did. Made me wanna ride a scooter and go eat in a diner. Fun it was.
A film, one of only a handful, that makes one miss college life
Quite entertaining without any dull moment.
Getting Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, two critically-acclaimed actors, in the same movie sounds like it should be a recipe for success. However, Larry Crowne is most assuredly not a success. The premise and script make sure of that.
To be fair, I didn't like Hanks much in this either. His character was quite annoying and I struggled to see why Julia Roberts would be attracted to him. Roberts gets through the movie without any significant impact on her acting reputation, but this is just embarrassing for Hanks. He also helped write and direct it, so maybe he's a major part of the problem.
Larry Crowne is not really a terrible movie. It's just so slight. The dramatic tension is minimal and the comedy is too lazy. With all the other great movies out there, I don't see any reason to bother with this middling one.
Light fluff directed by Hanks with a fun cast and an easy, Saturday morning vibe. Harmless enough but hardly classic Hanks.
So good I watched it twice, no, realy it was on TV so I watched it again.
At first, the movie seemed a bit off because it's basically a coming of age story but with a middle-aged veteran instead of the archetypal starry-eyed manchild. Yet somehow the oddness of the situation was also its charm. It's somehow more reassuring to see someone older than me (as opposed to someone closer to my age as is the typical subject of this type of story) reinventing their life as I begin to construct mine. Maybe that's because it's a reminder that it's okay to get it wrong the first time. We don't have to chain ourselves to one idea of a happy life in order to find said happiness. We can find happiness in unexpected and imperfect situations, which…
Since October 2008