“Larry Crowne” Lighthearted Unemployment Tale

Genres: Comedy, Drama and Romance
Running Time: 1 hr. 39 min.
Release Date: July 1st, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual content.

Director: Tom Hanks

JJ Rating: B

Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) works hard. For his hard work he’s put into his current job, they fire him because (they lie) he isn’t educated enough. He decides to get educated and go to a community college. He becomes part of a community and slowly puts his life back together. Larry Crowne.

The 5 Things that were Good about this Film

1. Strong, charming acting by both Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. Roberts, especially.
2. Great touching moments as well as witty moments that made me LOL…literally. Maybe even a little speckle of pee. On second thought, no, but it was funny.
3. Rami Malek (as Steve Dibiasi) was as charming as Hanks and Roberts with his small memorable role. Gugu Mbatha-Raw (as Talia) reminded me a lot of a really flirty (but not meaning to come off as that) girl I use to work with. Therefore, that was a great thing to remember and means she did well. Wilmer Valderrama did well with his facial expressions and his stare downs.
4. George Takei has a villainous laugh. Love remembering Star Trek via him and DS9 mention.
5. Lighthearted touch to losing one’s job. I’ve lost my job in this turbulent climate and wasn’t offended by the ease Larry seemed to have. Personally, I think it wasn’t easy, it was how he handled it. He didn’t pout himself into a pity party.

The 4 Things that were Bad about this Film

1. It was 9 minutes too long.
2. The end was weak sauce.
3. The score was weak sauce.
4. It had enough substance to give it heart that would pull a bit of the heartstrings at the end, but instead it just breezed right by them.

Larry Crowne had a lot going for it, but misfired on quite a few things. I don’t know why they settled on a release date in the summer. Odd. It almost seems like an end of the summer movie season film, such as an end of August release. I believe the older moviegoers will like this. Anyone younger than 35 might not enjoy this unemployment tale, or I suppose I could state they wouldn’t appreciate it. I’m different because I’ve had more jobs than fingers people have on their hands and I’m not over 35.

If you like first names ending in S’s, then you’ll enjoy Larry Crowne. If you don’t, take your cynical hate elsewhere. Good-day.

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