Larry Crowne (2011)

Ten minutes into this movie, I thought I had made a grievous error, in once again failing to research the subject matter of a movie.  When I saw Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) getting fired for being successful at his job but not having the post-secondary education to be promoted, I thought much the way I did when I watched The Company Men: this is hitting a little too close to home.  Thankfully, the story became a bit more ridiculous after that and I could divorce it from further similarities to my life.

Hanks directed and co-wrote the movie with My Big Fat Greek Wedding‘s Nia Vardalos, and presumably was able to attract many recognisable actor faces to the film just due to those two people being involved.  Julia Roberts co-stars as Mercedes Tainot, one of Crowne’s teachers at the community college (sadly not Greendale Community College) and yeah, you can figure out where it inevitably ends up going from there.

It’s not a bad movie at all, just kind of a bland movie.  There are numerous better movies that deal with the unemployment / life-changing issue better, however in much more sobering tones (such as the previously mentioned Company Men) or depressingly drunken tones (Everything Must Go).  There’s no real noteworthy performances or anything, it’s just a Hanks-Roberts vehicle that may inadvertently offend some people due to their life situations.

3 / 5

About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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