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Movie Review – Larry Crowne

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As with any film, it’s only as good as the story it’s telling and how it’s made. Just go along to any video store to see how many films are on the shelf you have never heard of but are filled with big name actors. Sure those faces will get you more attention than not having them, but if you can’t also back that up with a strong story and film making, then all that star power goes to waste. When I first heard about ‘Larry Crowne’, I thought it could be a really good film seeing as it was starring Hollywood heavyweights Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. However, when I heard it was written and directed by Tom Hanks, I started to change my mind as often pet projects such as this, made by actors who don’t exactly have a strong record of hit films behind them as writers or directors, means they can be massive hits or misses. But I decided to give it a go and bought my ticket to see what indeed this film would end up being.

“When he's downsized from his job, Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) decides to reinvent himself by enrolling in college, where he forms some unexpected bonds with fellow students, while also catching the eye of Mercedes Tainot, a female professor played by Julia Roberts.”

When watching this film it so often felt like this was an older guy, with Tom Hanks now 55, trying to write a hip and cool script about so called hip and cool things, but falling flat on his face as it’s just not hip or cool. In fact, often things came off as trying too hard, and considering its reasonably strong supporting cast, I would have to say most of them did it as either a favour to Hanks or thought working with him would be a good career move. Instead, they delivered their average dialogue, which turned into mostly average performances. This was film making by numbers and was shot, told and acted boringly, and I’m not surprised it struggled to find an audience in the USA.

6 out of 10 from me.

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