After many years of service and nine ‘employees of the month’, Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) is fired from his job at UMart because he has never been to college. To ensure this could never happen again Larry enrols at a college as a mature student and is told that Macy’s (Julia Roberts) class will change his life. Along with nine other very peculiar classmates, Macy teaches them how to speak informally, but most of all how to ‘care’. The film follows Larry’s bizarre college experience and his relationship with his teacher Macy, who is unhappy with almost every area of her life, including her marriage.
As a sucker for ‘inspirational’ films about hitting bottom and starting all over, I was really looking forward to seeing this film but I left the cinema disappointed. Both Roberts and Hanks do the best they can with the poor script and often bad acting from the rest of the cast. The plot jumps around not really moving from one part to the next and the characters have no real reason to fall in love. The films tries to be a quirky rom-com but the cringe-worthy scooters gang and some bad “dad” jokes make it fall flat with barely a murmur of laughter in the audience. There were a few moments when I thought the film might redeem itself but ultimately the film is predictable and lower than mediocre.
“Hanks directs with assurance. Perhaps if he had teamed with a more agile writer, less given to cheesy yuck-fests, Larry Crowne would be the nuanced adult love story it aims to be.” -Claudia Puig, USA Today
“Misses every target by a country mile”- Graham Young, Birmingham Mail