Larry Crowne

Posted on July 1, 2011

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For some reason, I want to say it twice, like Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Because he doesn’t have a college degree and therefore is not promotable, Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) is fired from his job at UMart. Who knew you needed a degree for that? Off he goes to community college on his little scooter, looking for all the world like that little dude who used to ride a tricycle on Laugh-In and was constantly falling off. There he meets Talia, a 20 year old cutie who takes charge of his life, inducts him into her gang of other 20 year old scooter riders, and calls him Lance Corona. Happens every day, right?

Next Larry meets Mercedes Tainot (Julia Roberts), professor of less than popular courses, unhappy and cynical, married to a total jerk but she has this amazing kitchen that I couldn’t help but envy. There’s a good drunk scene where she gets to say all the things she’s been holding back on. Kind of envied that, too. It seems the moral of the story is that you can start all over again even if you were born in the ‘50s, lose everything, get a job as a short-order cook, and move to an apartment with a superb courtyard.

This is not Academy material and the real critics may write it off, but it has some good fun moments. It’s light summer stuff. Cedric the Entertainer is entertaining.

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