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Larry Crowne (2011)

Tom Hanks , Julia Roberts , Tom Hanks  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Bryan Cranston, Cedric the Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson
  • Directors: Tom Hanks
  • Writers: Tom Hanks, Nia Vardalos
  • Producers: Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005HWAOP2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,312 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Larry Crowne" on IMDb

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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.

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84 of 85 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trailer promised a different movie December 6, 2011
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I see a lot of reviews that aren't positive and mention that this movie isn't funny. I think it might be because Hollywood decided to market this movie as something it wasn't. It's not a romantic comedy. It is, however, a very good movie about people who aren't 25 or even 35, and how they realize they don't have to be stuck in a situation that isn't good, just because of their age. Tom Hanks does a great job as "Lance" and Julia Roberts and he have real chemistry on screen. This movie has no explosions, no fast cars, no half-naked women. What it does have is good acting and an interesting and entertaining story. Above all, it demonstrates that no matter your age, we are all still trying to figure life out.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
"I was downsized, I'm here to make sure that never happens again." After thinking he will receive his 9th employee of the month award, Larry (Hanks) is fired because he never went to college. After talking to his neighbor he decides to enroll and change his life. Going in I was thinking, Tom Hanks is in this...this will be good. After watching it I have to say it was even better then I expected it to be. Besides the obvious great acting watching a 50 year old man start his life over is pretty inspiring to watch. This is not an Oscar worthy movie, but this is the type of movie you can watch over and over again. Every now and then I really like watching the light hearted type movies that are just fun and stress free to watch. This is a perfect example of that. Overall, a must see movie that will leave you feeling good after you are done. I give it an A.

*Also try - Eat, Pray, Love & Everything Must Go
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Primarily a comedy with light mid-life romance November 14, 2011
Larry Crowne `with an E' (Tom Hanks) is dropped from employment at UMart even with his stellar record including 8 employee-of-the-months. He's at midlife, 20 year Navy vet, but has to college degree. No future at UMart. Out!
Wilma (Rita Wilson, Hank's real wife) from the bank loan desk suggests life changes due to finances. College classes are the obvious answer and Larry enrolls into a Speech 217 class with Ms Mercades `Mercy' Teinot (Julia Roberts) his teacher. "'Tai-no' not `Tai-NO'" instructs the sour teacher a bit grumpy from living with a porn fanatic. Don't expect a sudden romance on this scene.

An unexpected flirtatious delight is student Talia (Gugu Mbatha-Raw -also HOT in `Bonekickers') who takes Larry under her wing and gets him involved in a scooter gang. This takes form of some Gump-like events. The speech class is quite a mix of 9 other quirky characters including Natalie (Grace Gummer, Meryl Streep's daughter-you can't miss that face).
Mercy is called "washboard" by her boob-loving spouse, soon to be discarded. Later viewed in a low-cut dress, Mercy proves she's not flat--she's a Pretty Woman. That leaves a romance available, right? Not so fast.

If you were expecting lots of bed scenes, skin, and raucous behavior, you will be disappointed. This will not be a 5-star movie for the under-40s. Older adults, mid-life through Boomers like a romance that has some intellect mixed with emotion, and from that perspective, this romantic comedy works. After all the economy has everyone relating to job loss, low income, loosing a home, reentry into a new job, and here we have a fun, but truthful picture of that struggle in life.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Larry Crowne, directed by Tom Hanks, from a screenplay by Tom Hanks and Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) is not a deep movie, which is disappointing because it could have been. But that said, Hanks and Vardalos get a lot of the important stuff right and as a result Larry Crowne hits home in a lot of ways. The issues it touches on - job loss, divorce, worry about losing your house, having to start your life all over again both career-wise and romantically - are things that will connect and resonate with a lot of people these days.

The title character, Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) is a likeable guy who works hard at his job as a "team leader" at the local U-Mart where he's worked every day since doing 20 years in the Navy right out of high school. He enjoys his job, likes his co-workers who like him in return, and has been voted Employee-of-the-Month multiple times. And so it comes as a complete shock when he's summoned by the management who tell him that they're letting him go because he doesn't have a college degree. Which is disastrous news for Larry as his house is underwater mortgage-wise and finding a new job is proving nigh impossible. Encouraged by his next-door neighbor Lamar (Cedric the Entertainer), who's been running a perpetual yard-sale on his front lawn for the last ten years, Larry decides to go to the local college and get a degree that will, in Lamar's words "make you fire-proof!" One of the courses he ends up taking is a public-speaking course taught by Mercedes Tainot (Julia Roberts), a teacher who's suffering from burn-out in her job and disenchantment with her marriage.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. Not a comedy, or a tragedy, or a romance. Or a war movie....
Ok, we are all grateful about it not being another Matrix sequel, right? I mean, did anyone understand that last one? Read more
Published 4 days ago by Wendy Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
I really liked the movie. It was funny and romantic and very touching. Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts were great
Published 13 days ago by hannah m.
4.0 out of 5 stars Cedric the Entertainer, julia Roberts and Tom Hanks.......... BARVO,...
This movie touch on 90% of life. If life gives you lemons, just make good old southern lemonade from them. Very funny and entertaining.
Published 26 days ago by Sonja Jones-Corrigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Soo Funny!!!
I love this movie so funny and has a lot heart felt moments. Happy I found it here at a great
Published 27 days ago by Troy Holland
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Hanks brings it.
I enjoy most of his movies and this one is very comtemporary subject, easy to relate to and fun and entertaining.
Published 28 days ago by Debra K. Paulsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Acting. Gentle Story. Top entertainment.
Great Acting. Gentle Story. Top entertainment. Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, Two of today's top stars can convincingly play ordinary people, with ordinary lives.
Published 28 days ago by Marco Lowenstein
5.0 out of 5 stars A quiet, wonderful film
Tom Hanks' is a favorite actor and he doesn't disappoint. A small but poignant movie. Everyone knows someone who has lost a job and had to recreate themselves (maybe you?). Read more
Published 1 month ago by RMW
1.0 out of 5 stars Another poor excuse for a movie
So hollywood scripts a suposed dimwit from middle america looses wife and job and by going to college ends up with the best looking girl in town.. Yawn.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. RIEBEL
4.0 out of 5 stars A Movie to Inspire Action
I like the stars and the supporting cast....I like the theme of starting over, especially for people over 40 who are seemingly without resources and family support.
Published 1 month ago by Bonnie A Fonse
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised
Starts a little slow but once Julia Roberts enters it became very entertaining. Hadn't heard much about this movie so wasn't expecting much. Its a small movie that's pleasant. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JamesB
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