I absolutely loved this movie. I am a non traditional student, and can tell you that this story is similar to my own in many ways. Tom Hanks is terrific as a middle-aged man who has been fired because he doesn't have a degree. He goes back to college, and takes a communications class. Enter Julia Roberts, his instructor at the local community college. She has a bad attitude about her students, but Hank's character changes all of that in some very entertaining ways.
Good, clean (for the most part), light-hearted fun. Suitable, and even recommended, for older children on up. Hank's character is a very good person, and his good example shines through as the bottom line of this movie. So in essence he teaches us all lessons in how to be kind to others, the importance of being honest and trustworthy, the importance of hard work, how to be a good friend, and finally, why we all need to be more respectful.