Universal Pictures | Release Date: July 1, 2011
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JollyG87Dec 15, 2011
I don't know how anyone could "dislike" this movie. It's so dang happy all the time. The characters are all pleasant, and Hanks and Roberts seem to have a blast on-screen together. All in all, "Larry Crowne" is the kind of movie that isI don't know how anyone could "dislike" this movie. It's so dang happy all the time. The characters are all pleasant, and Hanks and Roberts seem to have a blast on-screen together. All in all, "Larry Crowne" is the kind of movie that is guaranteed to make you smile. Sure, the movie is about as fluffy as you could possibly get. There's hardly much of a conflict, and a lot of the supporting characters don't have much to do except smile and say some pleasantly funny lines. But I felt like Hanks who wrote and directed this movie had a clear understanding of the kind of movie he was making. He keeps the characters simple and never tries to bite off more than he can chew. As a result, "Larry Crowne" keeps you engaged even when it's not particularly great. All in all, "Larry Crowne" is a safe bet if you want to be entertained. It won't win any awards, but it will certainly deliver if you're a fan of Hanks and Roberts. Expand
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ThatsLifeJul 6, 2011
The movie started off hot enough, but by the middle I was hoping that I would not run out of popcorn, I needed something to entertaining! The movie is very light hearted and gentle, but nothing really happens! It has it's funny moments, butThe movie started off hot enough, but by the middle I was hoping that I would not run out of popcorn, I needed something to entertaining! The movie is very light hearted and gentle, but nothing really happens! It has it's funny moments, but you won't be rolling around on the ground laughing! Expand
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ShiiraJul 29, 2011
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. In "Discounted Dreams", the investigative journalist, on assignment at a west coast community college, in his capacity as a monitor, observes a predominant show of indifference among the gathering students in a remedial math class towards the instructor, who is, judging by his unmodulated voice, equally disengaged, not seeming to care one bit that his lecture on the rudiments of algebra is being received as white noise. Does it bother him, the auditor wants to know, that the students in the back-row were text-messaging, and worse, sleeping through his lecture on polynomials? Unapologetically, he answers in the negative. "That's their situation," "their responsibility," claims the untrained abcedary(a transplanted biology teacher), who isn't going to lose any sleep over his 45% passing rate. The burn-out is only there to collect a paycheck. At East Valley CC, the moviegoer catches Ms.Tainot in the midst of an existential crisis. On the first day of a new semester, resignation gets an early start, as the comparative literature major wonders aloud, "Do I make a difference?" It's a rhetorical question, of course, since the jaded educator knows she doesn't, not in a profession where at this level, half the students fail to graduate, so when Mercy counts only nine bodies in the room, there's no hiding her excitement over the morning class' prospective cancellation. It's the first time she smiles. Mercedes Tainot is a bad teacher. And unbeknownst to "Larry Crowne", a bad wife, too. Since instructors at two-year campuses don't have a research component to their job description like their PhD colleagues, Mercy, unhindered by split loyalties, is really in no position to call her novelist husband lazy, when all she's expected to do is teach. The screenplay, co-written by a female, skewers perception by vilifying the blocked writer for his Internet porn addiction, a relatively harmless transgression. Looking at their failed marriage objectively, without the illiberalism of hackneyed feminism, one could adjudge the slightly boozy wife as being unsupportive. That's fine; that's the film's prerogative to paint men in such broad strokes, but what's sloppy, and sometimes unforgivable about this slight comedy is how little it knows about the inner-workings, and economic fate that befalls community colleges right now. Foregoing authenticity, Larry Crowne, a victim of downsizing(and class warfare) at a big box store, enrolls in classes without taking the placement exam that is part and parcel for all incoming students. Even worse, despite all the budget cuts that greatly affect student services and class availability, Larry gets all his first choices, as suggested by a counselor, whom you know is a Hollywood movie counselor, since in real life, most advisers are too busy to approach students in the hallway. Also, questions like: What is Larry majoring in? or, "Does he want his old job back?" go unanswered. The film can't be bothered with details. Community college serves merely as a backdrop in order for Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts to meet-cute. Like most students at these schools, the screenplay has no ambition. It settles for being a rom-com. If that's the case, a more interesting variation on the theme would have been to position Mercy as the cougar, but instead, "Larry Crowne" flits around with the oft-used trope of the older man(normally a professor) and young coed, when the pretty(old) woman mistakenly diagnoses the fast friends as a couple. "Larry Crowne" gets one thing right about community colleges: the racial diversity. As a result, the film employs colorblind casting, assigning the role of the free spirit(the Zooey Deschanel type) to an African-American. Talia is not stereotypically black; she's not a single mother on welfare, a high school dropout, paying the price for getting pregnant with every minute of her waking hours, especially when she rides the bus at night to her dead-end job across town, a grind so taxing, she can't stay awake to do homework and prepare for upcoming tests. This hypothetical black girl, however, is no stereotype. This girl is real; her obstacles, a byproduct of inner-city life. As portrayed in the PBS doc, the black girl doesn't pass remedial math and will never be a vet tech. Talia quits too; she opens up a boutique. "Larry Crowne" puts an optimistic spin on the high dropout rate, suggesting that students move on to become entrepreneurs. As for the boyfriend, by group snapping, the film coyly suggests that he's a former gangbanger by evoking "West Side Story"(the song "Cool"), when the Sharks(Puerto Rican like Dell) and Jets(working-class white like Larry) get set to rumble. Here, the snapping is used as Larry's initiation into a gang of moped riders. It's not cute, just dishonest. Like the film's notion that the students learned something in Ms. Tainot's class. All she does is sit in the back, nursing her hangover. Expand
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DarkCriticJul 3, 2011
Larry Crowne wasn't much too good, but a little okay for me. Tom Hanks directed this film and he can do what the actor can try something better, just like the other actors doing their own direction. In this movie, it does give more creditLarry Crowne wasn't much too good, but a little okay for me. Tom Hanks directed this film and he can do what the actor can try something better, just like the other actors doing their own direction. In this movie, it does give more credit about a nice guy whose going to college to bring back his own life to be a smart man, so he can pass this college. In the other half, it's nothing quite special because of the dialogue was pretty bland with whimsical lines that Hanks and Roberts combine into cliche, the characters are less forgettable, some other half people weren't that bad including Cedric The Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, and George Takei are okay, and the premise of plot was average less that belongs to college students to learn about the man needs to be smart to come back for his life which it's closely to the dropout people that doesn't know anything to teach. We prefer only much interesting instead thinking about everything in college. That movie was okay for people who likes or hates it, but for me was much less good and nothing quite special. Hanks is less director that he directed, so you got a C+ on your grade. Expand
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TVJerryJul 4, 2011
Tom Hanks type cast himself as a nice guy (he also directed and co-wrote). After losing his job, he decides to go to college, where he takes a course taught by Julia Roberts. His new life includes a scooter gang, an entertaining group ofTom Hanks type cast himself as a nice guy (he also directed and co-wrote). After losing his job, he decides to go to college, where he takes a course taught by Julia Roberts. His new life includes a scooter gang, an entertaining group of classmates (the film's strongest moments) and a romance (guess who?). While it's sometimes mildly amusing and sufficiently entertaining, the film is never funny or touching enough to raise it above sweet. Director Hanks has cast it well, but writer Hanks just didn't deliver. Expand
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drlowdonJan 5, 2015
Lacking in laughs Larry Crowne doesn't even seem to be making any effort to do anything original and not even the natural charm and screen presence of Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts can save it from being just another mediocre romcom.
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Edward9630Jul 23, 2011
Larry Crowne is an alright film. It had some funny parts in the film and some scenes are enjoyable to watch. The problems with the film is the story is a bit slow to learn and some scenes are not interesting or just stupid. Some of the comedyLarry Crowne is an alright film. It had some funny parts in the film and some scenes are enjoyable to watch. The problems with the film is the story is a bit slow to learn and some scenes are not interesting or just stupid. Some of the comedy are also stupid and things we've heard before. I would give this film a high rental. Expand
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moviechihuahuaJul 2, 2011
Larry Crowne is bright, cheerful, has a few laughs, and moves from chapter to chapter effortlessly. Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, both look great and have terrific chemistry and after all the kind things Iâ
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ZilcellApr 2, 2012
It has a sweet but simple story to tell. This is the best way to tell a story like this, however, and that can be both good and bad. The charm of the film is where its enjoyable.
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