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Larry Crowne



Hanks and Roberts co-star in well-meaning but treacly drama.
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 99 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The movie's message is that while life can deliver plenty of bumps and bruises, there's happiness awaiting those who are willing to open their heart to the unexpected and embrace change. Getting laid off, breaking up, losing a home -- all of these can seem very negative, on the surface, but they can also lead to positive new experiences.

Positive role models

Larry is an appealing everyman who's friendly to all and draws out the best in everyone he meets. Mercedes is a bitter woman in an unhappy marriage who exits one situation and learns to find joy in the other.


A couple gets into a heated argument. A man delivers steely glares to another man whom he thinks may have a crush on his girlfriend, despite evidence to the contrary.


Some flirting and one exuberant, drunken kiss. One character is briefly seen perusing women in bikinis on the Internet; he later discusses his habits and preferences.


One brief, intense argument between a married couple features "screw you" and the F-word. Also infrequent use of words like "c--k," "ass," "damn," "hell," and "oh my God."


Motor scooters play an important role in Larry's social evolution. He rides a battered Yamaha, while some of his new friends ride classic Vespas.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One character drinks regularly to wash away the frustrations from her job, though she later begins to temper her habits. Another gets behind the wheel after drinking and is later arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this drama stars Tom Hanks as a recently downsized man adrift in life who decides to go to college. Julia Roberts co-stars as a bitter teacher stuck in a bad marriage who relishes her end-of-day drinks just a bit more than she should. The film's messages about finding unexpected joy in life are positive and uplifting, but unfortunately they're delivered in a superficial way. Expect some flirting and kissing, brief but strong swearing (including "f--k"), and ogling of online photos of bikini-clad women. One character drives drunk -- but there are consequences for that decision.

What's the story?

Unmoored for the first time in ages after his company downsizes, Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) finds the ground suddenly unstable. He's upside down on his mortgage and doesn't know what to do next. So he buys a second-hand motor scooter, signs up for classes at the local community college, and re-tools himself for this modern, confusing age. His economics professor (George Takei) is brilliant but eccentric; his new pal, Talia (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), is a free spirit who wants to make him over. But it's the alluring, unmotivated speech class professor, Mercedes (Julia Roberts), who really knocks Larry off his feet.

Is it any good?


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.)

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages. Who do you think they're most intended to appeal to?

  • How does the movie portray drinking? Are the consequences of drinking presented realistically?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 1, 2011
DVD/Streaming release date:November 15, 2011
Cast:Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Wilmer Valderrama
Director:Tom Hanks
Studio:Universal Pictures
Run time:99 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:brief strong language and some sexual content

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Adult Written bykhan2705 July 7, 2011

it was a bad movie, even with this two biggies :(

1.5/5 Until he was downsized, affable, amiable Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) was a superstar team leader at the big-box company where he's worked since his time in the Navy. Underwater on his mortgage and unclear on what to do with his suddenly free days, Larry heads to his local college to start over. There he becomes part of a colorful community of outcasts, also-rans and the overlooked all trying to find a better future for themselves...often moving around town in a herd of scooters. In his public-speaking class, Larry develops an unexpected crush on his teacher Mercedes Tainot (Julia Roberts), who has lost as much passion for teaching as she has for her husband. with such high expectations i saw this movie, not much high since i saw its Rotten Tomatoes rating. you know if you see the lead actors, Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts are one of my most favorites. and on the top of that Tom Hanks directed it himself. he previously directed That Thing You Do which i haven't seen. when i saw this movie, i was so disappointed in them as actors and at him as a director. i honestly absolutely didn't liked this movie at all. this maybe one of the worst movies of this year with big stars. it may get Razzie nominations to be honest. plot is going nowhere, story is sill and weird, writing is awful, acting is bad. since it is a bad movie i won't talk much about it. Tom Hanks as an actor was below average but somehow adorable in this character. seeing him in this age playing a character like this and that trying to be cool thing, i liked it. he could have acted better. Julia Roberts on the other hand, as much as i hate to say this but she was so annoying in the movie except in one or two places i don't remember giving a nice expression. she didn't acted at all. so disappointed in her.other actors include Bryan Cranston, Cedric the Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson , Gugu Mbatha-Raw , Wilmer Valderrama , Pam Grier , Rami Malek , George Takei , Grace Gummer , Rita Wilson , Jon Seda. Tom Hanks as a director in this movie was not good. what was he thinking making this movie? screenplay was awful, absolutely boring and dull movie with a story, plot and written work so empty, thin and hollow that even after a while their adorableness doesn't save this movie. after a while i was like what is in this movie? nothing. i would prefer other jobless movies over this one. its a very bad movie. and other thing that it even doesn't fill the requirements of a rom com seeing the history of both these actors in this genre. this movie is not good at all i won't recommend it to you but if you wanna watch it for the actors then do it, because i did too. lol.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byJEDI micah June 14, 2012

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!!!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 17 years old Written bydavyborn December 19, 2011

Kindhearted and postive thinking comedy does not change the fact that it is a complete mess

The Tom Hanks directed, co-written and acted comedy\drama Larry Crowne, which debuted back in early July at the beginning of summer 2011, which also stars Julia Roberts, Cedric the Entertainer and Taraji P. Hensen, is, simply put, a most unfortunate mess, in nearly every way you can wing it. The story of the kindly Larry Crowne who loses his job and must complete a college presentation course is well-meaning and sensitive, but it corrodes this plot with atrocious dialog, lame, obnoxious and unneeded side characters, and one of the most dull ending in recent memory. So, this movie is actually very tame for a PG-13 Rated movie, aside for a few little things: There is infrequent but strong profanity including f--k, sh-t, c-ck, h-ll and more. Also, there is very frequent drinking and alcohol consumption which populates one of the main characters social skills. Finally, there is infrequent sexual references including much talk of one of the characters searching soft-core pornography on the internet. So, as well-meaning and sensitive as it is, that just can't take away from how awful this movie was.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking