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Larry Crowne

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Hanks and Roberts co-star in well-meaning but treacly drama.

Movie PG-13 2011 99 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 13+

Lance Corona is Larry Crowne !

An enjoyable movie from start to finish, Hanks and Roberts are great as are all the cast. We loved it.
age 13+

Probably Hanks and Robert's worst movie!

This movie is absolutely horrible. It is, without a doubt, Hanks and Robert's worst movie! It was a boring and complete waste of time! I feel bad for anyone who wasted their money to see this movie, and I'm glad that I waited for the DVD at Redbox for $1! Even my family didn't like this movie. At the end of the movie, I said, "THAT'S IT?" I hate this movie! DON'T BOTHER WATCHING IT!!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (8 ):

This movie feels like it's shooting for indie sweetness, but, alas, no dice. We really want to like LARRY CROWNE -- the movie, not the man. The character is plenty likeable, seeing as he's played by one of the most beloved actors in Hollywood, and the film is timely and potentially inspiring, focusing on a guy who's lost his job and needs to find a new path in a changing, economically shifting world. But instead of really digging into such fertile material, the filmmakers (including writer/director Hanks and co-screenwriter Nia Vardalos) have created a surprisingly superficial, tonally confusing movie that wants viewers to believe that Larry finds strength in being re-styled by a classmate and propositioned by a teacher who he says changed his life ... even though she doesn't want to invest too much energy in actual teaching.

The supporting characters are, for the most part, stereotypes (tough guy with a soft heart; quirky chick; porn-surfing, underemployed husband) and situations are wrung for profundity even when there's none. Still, the movie has a little charm thanks to its megawatt leads, who can sell almost anything. (Nearly.)

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