Friday, July 15, 2011

Review: Larry Crowne

Larry Crowne
Dir. Tom Hanks
Year: 2011
Aus Rating: M15+
Running Time: 98mins

I can just imagine what it was like the day Tom Hanks decided to make Larry Crowne, his latest directorial effort about a man who loses his job at a local department store and goes back to school. He and his co-writer Nia Vardalos were probably on the terrace of a ridiculously expensive Hollywood mansion with Hanks’ wife (and Larry Crowne featured actor) Rita Wilson as they discussed writing a movie together. Maybe they wanted it to be sweet and funny and Tom could co-star with his good friend Julia Roberts. Oh, but it would have to be “relatable” to “common folk” so maybe the main character can be the victim of the GFC and upper-class company goons. Also they’re scared of bloggers, so there’s a big anti-internet subplot that goes nowhere!

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You may actually be surprised to know that the cynicism of this opening paragraph is not a way of suggesting I hated Larry Crowne. In fact, I enjoyed it quite a bit. I will happily remain in the minority on this one.

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