Starring: Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts
Directed by: Tom Hanks (THAT THING YOU DO)
Story: Until he was downsized, affable, amiable Larry Crowne was a superstar team leader at the big-box company where he's worked since his time in the Navy. Underwater on his mortgage and unclear on what to do with his suddenly free days, Larry heads to his local college to start over. There he becomes part of a colorful community of outcasts, also-rans and the overlooked all trying to find a better future for themselves...often moving around town in a herd of scooters. In his public-speaking class, Larry develops an unexpected crush on his teacher Mercedes Tainot, who has lost as much passion for teaching as she has for her husband. The simple guy who has every reason to think his life has stalled will come to learn an unexpected lesson: when you think everything worth having has passed you by, you just might discover your reason to live. (Universal Pictures)
Bottom Line: You’ll probably really enjoy LARRY CROWNE – assuming you fall in the 45+ demo and aren’t a contemptuous, self-serving critic (most of whom are panning this film). It’s a pleasant, well-intentioned, lightweight, slice-of-life movie with no major message, no major story – just two major actors downplaying their stardom and making us smile for 90 minutes. If TRANSFORMERS 3 is the headache then LARRY CROWNE is surely this weekend’s Advil.