Larry Crowne 2011

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Before he was downsized Larry Crowne was a superstar team leader at his company. Struggling with his mortgage and unclear what to do with his free days, he heads to his college. There be becomes part of a colourful community of outcasts, all trying to find a better future. Then he develops a crush on his teacher.

Starring:
Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts
Runtime:
1 hour 34 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

Larry Crowne

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Tom Hanks
Starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts
Supporting actors Taraji P. Henson, Cedric the Entertainer, Bryan Cranston, George Takei
Studio STUDIOCANAL
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By L. Woolridge TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 July 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I did not intend on watching this film at the cinema at all but as I went through the listing I realised it was the last showing available so it was an "oh well we'll watch that then" situation.

I am SO glad that I did. The easiest way I can describe this film is the surprise film of the year for me. I go to the cinema Every week as I like to keep up with the latest movies and it Isn't often at all that a film so poorly advertised could turn out to be so good.

The surprise actor of this film is the young girl who plays the character Talia. She was a revelation and added such a great tone to the film. Tom Hanks yet again performing in a great role with some other brilliant actors. I can see why some people might not like this film because it Isn't Tom Hanks shouting "Wilson!" or "Life is like a box of chocolates." People do not realise that it doesn't need to be a huge film to be extremely enjoyable and light hearted.

The humour of this film was just ideal, obviously it wasn't Hangover laugh out loud funny, but it was enough to keep me and the girlfriend smiling throughout the film.

I Would recommend this to any big film watchers, and hopefully it will surprise you as much as it did me!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Louise on 11 July 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Really enjoyed this film, real easy watching. Tom Hanks loses his job and goes back to college to start a fresh. Good characters, Good humour, light hearted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By xvgh on 27 Jan 2014
Format: DVD
I can't put my finger on why this film is so bad - the acting is decent, it has two likeable leads, the story is (potentially) interesting.
But I just thought it was a very bad film.

It is so unrealistic that it sometimes has the qualities of a dream (or nightmare !). To give one example - Hanks falls in with a 'gang' of young scooter-riders. They are the most unlikely 'gang' you'll ever see. I don't know - the whole film is like this : totally unbelievable. There is a lecturer played by a Japanese man who I believe was in Star Trek. His whole perfomance as a lecturer is totally bizarre. You just would not ever see anyone speaking or behaving as he does.

At the end of the film it seems the whole class has enrolled for another term in Julia Roberts' class despite the fact that the class has nothing to do with what they were studying the previous term (previous term was about public speaking, the new term is about Shakespeare). Is it likely that people have so much spare money and leisure time that they are so casual about what they study ? (one of the students doesn't even know what the subject of the new class is !). The whole film is like this - Hanks is given a job on the spot by a diner-owner he knows after he tells him he's lost his job. It's just one ridiculous thing after another.

After about half an hour of this you stop caring about the characters (and about the film) because the whole film seems to be in a parallel universe which makes no sense in terms of realism.

There are one or two scenes in the film that are good - for instance when Julia Roberts gets drunk and leaps on Hanks at the door to her apartment. If I had come into the room while someone else was watching the DVD I'd have thought that it was an interesting film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Sep 2013
Format: DVD
The movie is unbelievable and I don't mean that in a good way. Hanks has worked 20 years at the U-Mart (Movie version of Walmart). He has been employee of the month 8 times and is a hard worker. Now he is being let go because he has no degree and won't be able to advance. Now in some professions I could see that happening, but for a guy who stocks shelves and pushes shopping carts? He also lives in a half million dollar home which is now worth less than the $392,000 he owes on it. (Where are those Walmart applications!) I understand they needed to get him into the school environment, but they could have written a real scenario and one that was funny and tied into the rest of the movie.

Tom Hanks downsizes his life and goes back to school. His Speech 217 teacher is a slightly unkempt, bored with life, Julia Roberts. She is equally bored in her marriage to a writer who spends most of his time watching porn on the Internet. (I can't believe there is porn on the Internet!) They split over an unlikely fight.

His economics class is taught by a narcissistic Mr. Sulu. His class mates consists of a number of colorful and quirky characters that make the movie more interesting than Mr. Hanks walking around with his polo shirt tucked in. He joins a bike/scooter gang whose initiation requirement is to able to snap your fingers in unison. Larry (known as Lance Corona to his female lead biker group) takes a job as a cook (a job he did in the Navy) at a diner. All the women seem to dig Larry, a middle aged man with a pouch. Some more of Hanks fantasy writing.

It is an easy to watch, feel good movie for bad economic times. Not much action or comedy. Drama is a bit weak too. A movie your kids could watch except for Julia Roberts dropping the F-bomb.

Tom Hanks needs to stay in front of the camera and not behind it. 5 stars for Hanks as an actor. 2 stars for his writing and direction.

F-bomb, no sex, no nudity. Awkward drunken screen kiss.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. 880 on 8 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
I was either in a very good mood, came with no expectations at all, or just took in the sheer implausibility of the whole exercise; whichever it was I quite liked this second feature-length directorial effort from Hanks in some small way. It's fifteen years now since he helmed his first movie though he's done TV in-between, not least episodes of Band of Brothers. That Thing you Do was a little gem of a film back in 1996 for those of you who remember those '60s rock/pop crossover pictures that were so popular from thirty years before. His latest effort Larry Crowne is trying, at least, to be as unassuming as that film was, and at times hits some marks. Genuinely funny - for anybody who has attended such things - are the Community College lecturers who dole out wisdom in their classes either straight from their - for sale! - course pack (a brilliantly deadpan George Takei) or else call up their past glories in Shakespeare classes they're more determined to cancel than teach (Julia Roberts is great early on in the picture!). There are flabby moments throughout however, and why Gugu Mbatha-Raw's young, hip and ever so-smart Talia would take up with Crowne and give him an unlikely moniker, is anybody's guess. Crowne's move from U-Mart nerd of the month, to hipster old-hand on campus is equally suspect in places too; but every now and then, you can just about see the film's tongue firmly in its cheek. Hanks's real life wife, Rita Wilson turns up as his bank's financial advisor, spreading aphorisms and free coffee like the credit crunch never happened. Crowne's neighbours operate a 24hr, seven-days-a-week garage sale with virtually no financial nouse at all. Hanks and Roberts finally fall for each other though the path is of course, never smooth. Nor is the tone and evenness of this film.Read more ›
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