With Hollywood's nicest guy and America's sweetheart starring in the
same movie, you are likely to get cavities from how sweet and sugary
the problems of the world can be when they are this cute. Watching this
movie will make you walk out of the theater feeling like you have spent
an hour and a half watching puppy dogs and rainbows.
Tom Hanks is Larry Crowne - Navy vet, model employee and all around
decent guy who loses his job because he has never been to college. So,
he decides to matriculate and takes a public speaking course taught by
the bitter, boozing teacher played by Julia Roberts. Of course,
underneath all of that anger is a woman who just wants to believe and
Will Larry Crowne melt her heart?
Does he have what it takes to do well?
No matter how you look at it, analyze it and try to critique it, Larry
Crowne is one of those movies
that can be summed up in one word, "Nice."
That's not an insult or to be taken in derogatory terms. It's just the
general tone and feeling you come away with after watching the film. Larry
Crowne is a movie full of
sweetness and kindness even if it does deal with the recession, people
losing their jobs, marriages breaking up and battling with an evil
The comedy is lighthearted, nonthreatening and a little goofy (in this
case, goofy is defined as seeing Hanks in his tighty whities, which is
about as goofy as goofy gets). Even the most dramatic and stunning
moments are presented with a soft touch by Hanks, who also directed and
helped write the movie (the other co-writer, Nia Vardalos knows
something about writing a pleasant movie as the creator of My Big
Then, Roberts and Hanks deliver pretty much exactly what you expect and
want, not just with the inevitable love story, but all of the other
adventures their characters face as Larry Crowne goes through a life
changing evolution and rebirth after the heartbreaking tragedies he has
faced. It's time for new friends, new ambitions and a new home.
Hanks turns on the lovable dorkiness that will make you like Larry
Crowne no matter how hard you
might be fighting to condemn it for being too simplistic, and Roberts
has that charm that shines through as she makes the teacher, Mercy
Tainot, more burned out and hurt than angry. Because of this, the
audience is willing to believe Larry Crowne would become hot for
teacher (and, she looks like Julia Roberts, that doesn't hurt.)
Plus, you have to give some credit to Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Talia - that
super cute, always smiling young lady who should be the most annoying
character in the movie and the face of the planet with her constantly
cheery disposition. However, she's makes it feel so genuine, you can't
help but wish she would jump off the screen and be the first person you
see when you walk into work the next day.
is the type of movie you don't see in theaters all that often anymore,
so maybe you should see it to encourage more of them.
Crowne is rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual content.