Larry Crowne

 (2,229)6.11 h 38 min2011X-RayPG-13
A middle-aged man (Tom Hanks) loses his job, enrolls in college, and reinvents himself.
Tom Hanks
Wilmer ValderramaMaria Canals-BarreraCedric The Entertain
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Tom HanksJulia RobertsBryan CranstonCedric the EntertainerTaraji P. HensonGugu Mbatha-RawWilmer ValderramaPam GrierRita WilsonRami MalekGeorge TakeiGrace GummerJon SedaRob RiggleHolmes OsborneIan GomezMaria CanalsTom BudgeJoshua Biton
Tom HanksGary Goetzman
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Terry DavisReviewed in the United States on July 4, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Sadly, don't waste your time
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I cannot believe how disappointing this movie was. I don't have a lot of time to watch movies these days. I found a couple of hours yesterday and decided to watch a romantic comedy. How can a person go wrong with Tom Hanks and Julie Roberts? This movie was just that: wrong.

Here's why: character development choppy - plot line choppy with too many leaps between different thought threads; none of which are ever fully developed. We don't really see how both Tom and Julia's characters journey their individual trials to become. We see their struggles and obstacles. But we don't see the transition from who they were to who they ultimately become. Of course they become amazing people in the last five minutes of the movie. It just feels choppy and under developed. Such a shame.
28 people found this helpful
Money DoctorReviewed in the United States on April 17, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
So Much Talent Wasted on this Movie
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Viewers expect a lot from Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks because they've made iconic movies. But this drab, predictable, sophomoric product is a waste of their talent. Seems Mr. Hanks was co-writer of the screenplay. He should not do that again; stick to your strength, Tom... just act. Roberts' character was wooden. Indeed both character leads were unlikable. They couldn't even kiss good. Further, its amazing how many breezy interracial relationships were crammed into this one leftist film. Cedric TE is a fine actor but in how many towns do we find the lovey-dovey racial smorgasbord this film depicts? I felt I was looking at a makeover of the Truman Story... without Carrey's brilliant humor. This movie rates two fooey's.
10 people found this helpful
joel wingReviewed in the United States on April 24, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Surprisingly good romantic comedy that will have you chuckling
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Larry Crowne was a romantic comedy featuring Tom Hanks as Larry and Julia Roberts as Professor Mercy Tainot. Larry is an older man who has to restart his life. He gets fired from his job at a large Walmart type store and can’t find other employment. He’s worried about what will happen to his house and decides to go to the local community college to learn some new skills. There he meets Professor Tainot who teaches his speech class. He not only impresses her scholastically, but personally as well and hence the romance.

The movie is full of interesting people. Larry’s neighbor Lamar for incident has a constant yard sale. Wilmer Valderrama as Dell plays a great jealous boyfriend and Rami Malek as Steve is a goofy college student.

The real gem however is the relationship between Larry and Prof. Tainot. It’s very cute and endaring as Larry wins her over slowly but surely. It’s worth the price of admission.

There’s lots of subtle humor as well. Tainot for instance has an 8 am speech class which she can barely wake up to teach. When she first walks in there aren’t enough students and she cancels it until Larry walks in and makes the required number of attendees. Then the first student who asks a question stops in the middle because he gets a phone call and makes Ms. Tainot wait until he’s done. She’s not having it.

Overall this was far better than I thought it would be.
13 people found this helpful
Goth Gone GreyReviewed in the United States on April 19, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Tom Hanks does midlife crisis
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All the spoilers here, get some nice fresh spoilers here!

Many mid life crisis stereotypes are full of rage and anger and bitter divorces and fast vehicles and significantly younger partners and foolish life choices trying to recapture fast-fleeting youth.

And then there's Tom Hanks.

Middle aged big box store employee gets fired over a ridiculous policy. He's already divorced, and doesn't badmouth his ex. His neighbors are good to him, and diverse. He decides to go back to college, and meets Manic Pixie Dream Girl while there.

Here's the unfailingly wholesome Tom Hanks part - he doesn't date Manic Pixie Dream Girl, because that would be age inappropriate. No, he falls for his college prof instead, a jaded yet beautiful and intelligent woman closer to his age. And their romance stays light and flirty, not full-on pornographic.

Also? No hulking motorcycle for this midlife crisis, it's a fuel efficient scooter. With a helmet. Driven at an appropriate speed, with a "gang" of other safety conscious scooter drivers.

It's a cute, feel-good movie that's a nice way to pass the evening in these fairly not wholesome, family friendly times. Kudos to the cast and crew of this one.
8 people found this helpful
R.S.Reviewed in the United States on March 16, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
More movies like this please!
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We just love this film. It’s got a phenomenal cast of incredibly talented actors (well-known faces and some new ones), an original story line, laughter, inspiration, and a great message: it’s never too late to change your life and start truly living and loving. In an age of so many horror films and violent shows and movies, it’s this kind of classic cinematic creation that we need more of. There are infinite possibilities for new stories and we loved how this movie actually had a fresh and not-super-predictable spin on an uplifting rom com.
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KatieScarlettReviewed in the United States on May 25, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Loved it!
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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.
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J. WeisReviewed in the United States on May 3, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
A good movie for a night when you don't have anything else to do.
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I am just a little tired of movies that take an "older" couple, dye their hair, apply strategic eye makeup, and young clothes, and suddenly restores the passion of youth to them. Why do they do that? Being older than middle age is actually quite wonderful, and you don't need to have older actors playing incognito-aged characters in order to add romance is not necessary. It was cute, though, except that it was really shallow, like people automatically falling in love because of one night of kissing. Why would you not want to date more than one person if you got out of a long-term relationship due to incompatibility. You see a guy in your class who, unlike everyone else in the class is your age, and boom! That's the guy I want? Really? Teenagers, who have never passed 45 will probably think it's a cute movie, and I guess that's what counts. Right?
3 people found this helpful
BReviewed in the United States on April 24, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Okay movie. I suppose fun movie.
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Get rid of Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks, and this movie might be better. I don't expect good movies from Julia Roberts, but Tom Hanks is much better than this movie. This is a B grade movie with Tom Hanks as the headline actor to get people to watch. This movie was likely made for Roberts. Anyway, I think most people would describe this movie as a fun (not funny) movie. I don't think I wasted my time watching it, but had it not been for the Covid-19 economic shutdown, I would never have watched this movie as it would not have been a priority. You’re not missing anything if you don't watch this, but if you find you have some time to kill, I suppose this is a fine movie for that purpose.

Now if we could get Amazon to stop forcing Amazon's low quality shows previews before the movies start. Or if we could get Amazon to fix their streaming service on Roku so the buttons worked without a 4 to 10 second delay. If we could get Amazon to remove a show or movie from the watch list when a user selects to remove it instead of just moving it to the end. If we could only get Amazon to place a marker on all show/movie Icons that have previously been watched. If only... thanks Amazon for making our viewing experience worse and being the worst steaming service on the internet.
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