Excerpt: The Film Tom Hanks is human, people. He does make the occasional mistake. Without a doubt, he knows how to pick movies, probably better than any working actor out there today. However, that judgment was apparently on a lunch break when it came to signing up for Larry Crowne . Hanks plays Larry (duh), a middle-aged man that seems way too happy about his job at U-Mart, a Walmart-esque big-box store.
Excerpt: Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) has lost his job, his house, and his possessions, yet remains perpetually happy. In a way, it feels a little cruel, having some fun at the expense of those struggling, but that’s sort of what makes it refreshing. This movie isn’t a downer despite its dramatic elements. Crowne changes as he is pushed out of his social and financial rut, growing as a middle aged man who reenters college, discovers new friends, and possibly even relationships.
Excerpt: Larry Crowne marks a return to big screen directing for Tom Hanks, his first in fact since 1996 debut That Thing You Do! . During those intervening fifteen years there has been the odd bit of television work - including an episode of Band of Brothers - but even these have been rare occurrences.
Conclusion: How two stars of such caliber as Hanks and Roberts could have ended up in this mess (let alone write and direct it) is anyone's guess. There's just nothing very special about this film, something that this pairing should have augured with absolutely no problem. If you're a fan of the stars, you'll probably eke out enough residual charm to not make this a total waste, but when compared to what might have been, Larry Crowne is at the very least a major missed opportunity.
Conclusion: From the imagination of Tom Hanks and Nia Vardalos, 'Larry Crowne' follows one man's journey to rediscovering himself after being downsized in the middle of a recession. Directed by Hanks, this romantic dramedy is an uninspired and unremarkable experience, where the only highlight is in watching Julia Roberts portray a cranky college instructor. The Blu-ray comes with a great audio and video presentation, but there's nothing really exceptional about it either.
Excerpt: Simply put, “Larry Crowne” is light entertainment. It’s filled with light chuckles, light characters, and it has a light feel-good ending. It’s not raunchy, it never gets too deep or dark, and it never takes some of the more adult twists and turns that were open to it. So if light entertainment is what you’re in the mood for, then you’re in luck. If you’re looking for “The Hangover,” “Bridesmaids” or “The Change-Up,” you need to look somewhere else.
Excerpt: Feel good and forget about it, that seems to be the goal of Larry Crowne , and it’s something this Tom Hanks directed film accomplishes with flourish. As light and airy as a summer breeze, Larry Crowne wafts across the screen with amiable stars giving a series of effortless performances, in a simple little story more interested in pushing you out the door with a smile than leaving you with anything substantive or genuine.
Excerpt: "Larry Crowne" is a breath of fresh air in a summer moviegoing season polluted with superheroes, family film fart jokes, and battling robots. Serving as its co-writer/director/star, Tom Hanks presents a portrait of betterment, taking on cynicism with a motion picture that revels in its mild-mannered corniness, making a friendly feature that's amusing, approachable, and largely unexpected, keeping formula distracted with a special directorial spin Hanks hasn't displayed...