Title: Larry Crowne Director: Tom Hanks Year: 2011 Run time: 1hr 38
I don’t really know why we had this one in our queue of things to watch - it seemed to be quite high up the iTunes chart whilst we were perusing for new rentals, and it’s Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts so it can’t be all bad. Having said that, I wasn’t expecting much from it.
1:18 - Ooh, this song is in my running Megamix. That doesn’t make me want to go running at all. 3:11 - Where is he pushing those trollies? Into some secret trolley hole? 6:03 - So, he just needs to go find a company that isn’t so up their own backsides. 6:47 - Why are they firing someone just because he can’t be promoted? You can’t promote everyone. 9:58 - A man got fired and has a yard sale. This is all very familiar. 11:00 - How to avoid divorce lawyers - “You get married and you stay married.” 15:50 - Hehe, and that is why I do not ride mopeds and bikes and such. 17:46 - The teachers know about the social network attention sapping? Busted! 19:52 - Well, that is one huge blackboard. 24:33 - Is that him off of Star Trek? 26:51 - Women can always tell. 33:26 - No one has ever been so keen on being friends with me. I want to meet someone like her. 34:32 - Maybe I do need a scooter. 35:29 - Isn’t he meant to be saving fuel? Driving around aimlessly not so efficient. 45:47 - Awkward! 47:56 - Star Trek reference! And uniform! 51:45 - All this public speaking, this is the worst class ever. 53:03 - “My bed is too hard. Who lives here, the Flintstones?” 1:01:52 - That’s the funniest thing I’ve seen about a house alarm in… forever. 1:08:13 - Bless, he handled that well. 1:14:38 - Given his circumstances, I’m surprised he didn’t push her more to stay at college. 1:17:53 - I just can’t imagine being so friendly with the neighbours. 1:20:20 - Mr C says I am a unique bundle too. Hmm. 1:26:09 - I used to finish exams first too. People tend to glare. 1:33:59 - Is the world’s smallest kitchen a chat up line?
It was better than I thought it would be, but not exactly the most exciting movie of all time. I had anticipated Hanks’ character being a bit of a doofus but he wasn’t, he was good, kind and smart. It seemed as though Roberts was going to be a Bad Teacher type but equally she was just going through her own problems. There were some funny moments, some interesting snippets of dialogue, and it was fascinating to watch the younger students reacting to the older man in their midst.
I particularly liked the neighbours and their neverending yard sale.
My only real problem with the film is that there was never any real reason that the two liked each other. They were student and teacher, they had a few brief conversations, and he gave her a ride on his moped when she needed it, but there had been no spark as far as I could see. It felt a little bit empty, as though we’d missed something quite important.
This is the kind of film that warrants a 3.5 rating but I refuse to do halves, so 3 it is.