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Larry Crowne

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Plot Summary

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). Now this simple guy will discover that when you think everything worth having has passed you by, you just might find your reason to live.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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35%
  • Reviews Counted: 190
  • Fresh: 67
  • Rotten: 123
  • Average Rating: 5.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Larry Crowne is more than a missed opportunity. It's alarmingly, depressingly out of touch. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Jul 7, 2011

Rotten: When it comes to unemployment-themed cinema, I'll take the greater realism of last year's The Company Men or this year's Everything Must Go over Hanks's too rosy vision of life after the pink slip. – Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine, Jul 5, 2011

Rotten: Neither fish nor fowl, Larry Crowne skitters between pathos and shtick, wasting abundant acting talent as it goes. – Ella Taylor, NPR, Jul 5, 2011

Rotten: To pluck romantic comedy from the jaws of a social crisis is a laudable project, worthy of Preston Sturges, and it's a pity that this featherlight drama-written by Tom Hanks and Nia Vardalos, and directed by Hanks himself-should falter in its task. – Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Jul 18, 2011

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Customer Reviews

give it a break!

I loved the movie!!! I am a scooter affecionado so of course that played a good part in my enjoyment of the movie, but c'mon critics!!! It's a rom-com, were you REALLY expecting another Saving Private Ryan? If you want a light-hearted good date movie this is the one! It also has a great message in the story. One of the critics said that it is "too rosy version of real life" well as someone who was laid off with a family to feed I can say that it really cheered me up and to me said that even though life is tough, it's all about how you choose to look at it. Watch it, Love it!!

Age-Specific

Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks are unbelievable, but in this film they are dulled to such an extent that Roberts loses her charm and Hanks loses his comedy.

Great Little Movie on its own merits

Tom Hanks' last self-written-and-directed film "That thing You Do" was a great little movie about a subject Hanks loved - the last "innocent" period of pop music after the Beatles invaded America but before they stopped shaving. Hanks also loves this movie-- he wrote it and did everything else that Hollywood slaps a title on. The result is a nice little movie about a great guy (Crowne) who gets knocked around by the economy, dusts himself off, goes to community college, and shows that by helping and being helped by others people can still pursue their dreams. Along the way he meets a bitter, boozing but beautiful professor played by Julia Roberts. The marketing people who promoted it as another "Sleepless in Seattle" set it up to be a box office bust because Roberts and Hanks have relatively little shared screen time. Maybe it would have been a great love story but it wasn't written that way. Instead, it was a Great Little Movie that failed to meet Big-Movie expectations.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Romance
  • Released: 2011

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