Larry Crowne - 2 out of 5
Larry Crowne is about a man named...wait for it...Thomas McCarthy--I lied, his name is Larry Crowne. Well, good old Larry works at a big box store and he loves his job and you can tell from the opening credits as you see him at work, doing his work things with a big smile on his face. When the credits end, Larry is called to meet with the management (and it was nice of them to wait for the credits to stop). He believes he's making it to Employee of the Month (again) but it turns out, they're letting Larry go because Larry never went to college and without a college degree, there is no way Larry can advance any further in the company. So, without a job and no prospects in a crummy economy, Larry goes back to college.
|Oh, Tom Hanks...America loves you. Run for President.|
Sounds like fun, eh? If this was just the premise, it could have but instead, the movie ends up becoming a muddy mess of confusion as it decides to do without the "fish out of water" angle of an older man in college (and if you've gone to college, this really isn't that out of the ordinary) and decides to be a romantic comedy. And then it decides to return to the old man trying new things bit...and then back to the romantic comedy, then it returns to the old dog learning new tricks before once again returning to a half-ass attempt at a romantic comedy.
|Wilmer Valderrama was in this? I thought he gave up acting to be a full-time douche bag.|
|This movie needed more Takei.|
|Well Bryan, this movie was disappointing. I guess it's back to kicking ass and cooking meth in Breaking Bad.|
|Try and ignore the clown behind Cedric. Now you|
can't take your eyes off it can you?
|I don't see it.|
Larry Crowne really had the promise of being a sweet, charming film with Tom Hanks at the lead but because the film couldn't quite figure out what it wanted to be or couldn't quite get the balance to handle both elements of the story, it was hard to enjoy this film. It wasn't completely terrible as it does offer some mild entertainment but the fact it could have been so much more prevents it from being even middle of the road, in my view.