Larry Crowne Movie Review

0
0
Subscribe Tom Hanks
A painfully squishy centre completely undoes this rom-com, although it's difficult to know what might have made it less goofy. The diminished dual star-wattage of Hanks and Roberts just about makes it watchable.

After being sacked for his lack of a degree, Larry (Hanks) enrols in a community college. There isn't much else going on in his life, so he dives into his studies: Mercedes (Roberts) teaches speech, while Dr Matsutani (Takei) teaches economics. When Larry downsizes to a scooter to save money, he befriends the cool scooter-riding Talia (Mbatha-Raw), who gives him a style makeover. He also joins her biker gang, led by her boyfriend Gordo (Valderrama). Meanwhile, Mercedes is struggling with her marriage to Dean (Cranston). So maybe she and Larry can help each other outside the classroom as well.

It's extremely obvious where this is going, so of course the screenplay has to throw a series of implausible obstacles in the way of our protagonists. The main thing here is jealousy, as Gordo gets hot and bothered about the attention Talia gives to Larry, while Mercedes shoots annoyed glances at Talia for the same reason. Of course, we know better, so it's all pretty toothless. And even less convincing is Mercedes' marriage trouble, caused because Dean isn't as high-achieving as she'd like him to be, and he also looks at swimsuit models on the internet (which she calls "porn").

And while Hanks and Roberts play everything with game faces, the cast around them actually have moments when they add a bit more spark to the film. Henson and Cedric are enjoyable as Larry's offbeat neighbours and Takei's grinning, self-pleased professor is hilarious. On the other hand, Mercedes' students aren't much more than a collection of amusing cliches. Even the few with subplots don't have much to do.

In other words, the whole film feels half-baked. It's efficiently directed and assembled, with likeable acting and a warmly charming tone that sometimes drifts into corny sentimentality and glib moralising. But the real problem is that the film seems to be saying that a degree is the solution to the current recession. Sadly, thousands of graduates can quickly prove this wrong.

0
0
Subscribe Tom Hanks

Comments

Larry Crowne Rating

" Weak "

Rating: 12, 2011

Advertisement

More Tom Hanks

Natalie Portman Joins Likes Of Meryl Streep & Kevin Spacey In Paying Tribute To Mike Nichols

Natalie Portman has paid tribute to the late director Mike Nichols.Natalie Portman at the Childrens' Hospital Gala in Los Angeles in October 2014.Read More: The...

Tom Hanks? That's Tom Hanks, Published Author, To You

Tom Hanks, the Oscar-winning actor, producer, director and writer, can now add 'published writer' to his CV after landing a book deal to publish a...

Tom Hanks Set To Write Collection Of Short Stories

Tom Hanks has already mastered the art of acting, and now the Hollywood star is attempting to become a writer as he has recently landed...

Tom Hanks Gets Top American Honour For His Extensive Acting Catalogue

Tom Hanks is a mammoth actor who has delighted fans with extraordinary performances for just short of 40 years. He started his career by providing...

Advertisement

Tom Hanks' Typewriter App Is No.1 on Apple iTunes Store

Hanx Writer, the typewriter app created by Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks, has topped the Apple iTunes Store chart. The app comes in three versions for...

Tom Hanks' Audition Tape for Forrest Gump is Adorable

Can you believe it's twenty years since Robert Zemeckis's Forrest Gump was first released? The weepy drama that won the 1994 Academy Awards for Best...

Who Are The Most Famous Showbiz Families?

News executives in America were left surprised when news anchor Brian Williams took time out of his NBC Nightly News bulletin last Wednesday to happily...

Dolly Parton's Glastonbury Dog & 5 Other Celebrity Acts Of Kindness

Dolly Parton has offered to take the dog found at the Glastonbury Festival home with her. Dolly the Dog, named after Parton who was headlining...

Advertisement