Excerpt: "Academy Award® winners Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts come together for a romantic and optimistic comedy about how it's never too late to reinvent yourself. When he suddenly finds himself without his long-standing blue-collar job, Larry Crowne (Hanks) enrolls at his local college to start over. There, he becomes part of an eclectic community of students and develops a crush on his teacher (Roberts).
Excerpt: It's possible there is no subject too hurtful and close to heart that it can't become fodder for light-hearted entertainment, and that's a good thing. Assuming it's good, light-hearted entertainment. That's usually where the stumbling blocks show up, but co-writer/director/star is going to give it shot.
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: 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.
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: 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...