Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Tom Hanks|
|Produced by||Gary Goetzman
|Written by||Tom Hanks
Cedric the Entertainer
Taraji P. Henson
|Music by||James Newton Howard|
|Editing by||Alan Cody|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Running time||99 minutes|
Larry Crowne is a 2011 American romantic comedy film starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. The film was directed by Hanks, who co-wrote its screenplay with Nia Vardalos. Larry Crowne was released on July 1, 2011 in the United States and Canada.
Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks), a middle-aged Navy veteran, is fired from his job at a big-box store, despite his seniority and satisfactory work, because the company has decided that his lack of a college education impedes any chance of advancement. Larry, who is divorced and lives alone, cannot find a job and could lose his house. Larry's neighbor, Lamar (Cedric the Entertainer), advises him to enroll in the local community college and get an education in order to get better opportunities in the future.
Subsisting on unemployment benefits and unable to afford to drive his full size Truck, Larry decides to buy a scooter from his neighbor, Lamar. After visiting the college and getting advise from the school Dean, he enrolls in Economics, Speech, and a Writing course.
On the first day of school, Larry meets Talia (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a free spirit who also drives a scooter. They form a friendship right away. The jaded Mercedes Tainot (Julia Roberts) walks into the Speech class that she teaches and notices only nine students in attendance. Since the state requires at least ten, the class is cancelled, much to her delight. Suddenly, Larry appears, so Mercedes reluctantly begins teaching class.
Larry and Talia share an Economics class taught by Dr. Ed Matsutani (George Takei), who mixes sarcasm with seriousness in his teachings. He confiscates Larry's cell phone due to his texting habits with Talia.
Mercedes is unhappily married. Her slacker husband Dean (Bryan Cranston), a former professor turned writer turned blogger, looks at pornography on his computer, removing web pages before Mercedes can catch him in the act. He fancies himself an internet blogger and tells her that he works hard all day writing. When Mercedes informs him she knows he is really looking at porn, Dean's defense is that he's just "a guy, who’s a guy, being a guy". Unhappy in her marriage, she drinks at home after school so she can stand to be around him.
Talia befriends Larry and invites him to join a club of scooter riders led by her boyfriend Dell Gordo (Wilmer Valderrama), who is somewhat jealous of all the attention Talia gives Larry. Talia, with the help of her scooter gang friends, uses feng shui to reorganize Larry's house and give him a more stylish haircut and wardrobe.
When a night with Dean goes horribly wrong, a drunken Mercedes demands to be let out of the car. Larry and gang notice Mercedes waiting alone at a bus stop, so Larry offers a ride home. Mercedes believes that Larry is involved with the much-younger Talia and reluctantly accepts a ride, but her attitude changes when they see Dean getting arrested for drunk driving. At her front door, Mercedes asks if Larry would care for a kiss, so they do. She wants to have sex as well, but Larry declines, not wanting to take advantage of her since she has been drinking.
Dean comes home by cab to find all his stuff on the front lawn. Mercedes is unhappy and hungover and tells Larry not to brag to anyone about what happened the night before.
Now that Larry cannot afford to live in his house any longer, he uses the knowledge he gained in his Economics class to legally turn over his house and keys to the bank, with a 30-day notice that he will be gone. Larry ends up hosting a yard sale and pizza party at Lamar's house, and upon paying for the pizzas, he's surprised to see that the delivery man is Jack (Rob Riggle), a snide executive who helped fire Larry. Larry is also now working at a diner run by his friend, Frank (Ian Gomez). Mercedes runs into Talia, who is telling Frances, her English teacher (Pam Grier), that she will be dropping out of college to start a thrift store. Mercedes assumes that Larry must know about her actions due to their supposed relationship, but Talia assures her that they are just friends. Mercedes appears to be happier now that she knows the truth. Larry, however, does not know about Talia dropping out, since he was surprised that he didn't see her in Economics class that day. He visits Talia, and appears to be slightly disappointed about her actions, but also wishes her luck in her future endeavors. In the interim, Frances comes over to Mercedes' apartment to provide emotional support, as Mercedes will be divorcing Dean, prompting them to clean out Dean's office and have dinner together.
Finals now come, and right before the Speech final, Larry and Mercedes meet outside class, with her telling Larry that she scheduled him last with his "geography" speech. After everyone has finshed their speech before him, Larry stands up in class and talks about his travels around the world while in the Navy, and makes references to the other students' speeches, who all appear to be inspired by his. Larry then looks at Mercedes as he mentions that he could never have told about his life with great passion and enthusiasm if he had not taken her Speech class. Larry is given a big round of applause by his classmates, as well as Mercedes, who is happier in her life without Dean and has developed a passion for teaching again.
While working at the diner, Larry sees Mercedes with Frances, and approaches the table. Mercedes tells Larry that she gave him an "A+" in her class, which makes him very happy about going to school and finding more meaning in his life. When the next term begins, some of the students from Mercedes' Speech class register for her Shakespeare class, but are sad to see that Larry isn't registered for that class as well. Larry is seen taking Dr. Matsutani's second-term Economics class.
Mercedes walks to her office and sees a note from Larry on the door, which is an invitation to have her over for a French toast dinner, with the address to his new apartment. She drives over to his apartment and he greets her, they kiss and both enter the apartment, closing the door behind them.
- Tom Hanks as Larry Crowne
- Julia Roberts as Mercedes Tainot
- Cedric the Entertainer as Lamar
- Taraji P. Henson as B'Ella
- Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Talia
- Wilmer Valderrama as Dell Gordo
- Bryan Cranston as Dean Tainot
- Pam Grier as Frances
- Rami Malek as Steve Dibiasi
- Maria Canals Barrera as Lala Pinedo
- Rita Wilson as Wilma Q. Gammelgaard
- George Takei as Dr. Ed Matsutani
- Sy Richardson as Avery
- Dale Dye as Cox
- Ian Gomez as Frank
- Malcolm Barrett as Dave Mack
- Chet Hanks as Pizza Delivery Boy
- Nia Vardalos as Map Genie (voice)
- Jon Seda as Officer Diamond
- Grace Gummer as Natalia Calimeris
Larry Crowne was first announced as Talk of the Town in February 2006. Universal Pictures set up the project as a star vehicle for Tom Hanks with Nia Vardalos hired to write the screenplay based on the life of Jim Chandler, a friend of Hanks, about a man who goes through an unexpected career change. In January 2010, Julia Roberts was cast opposite Hanks. In the following October, Bryan Cranston joined the cast. Later in the month, filming began in Los Angeles. The film's production budget totaled $30 million.
Theatrical release 
Larry Crowne was released in theaters on July 1, 2011. In the United States and Canada, Summit Entertainment originally intended to distribute the film, but Universal Pictures claimed the distribution rights. Universal released Larry Crowne in 2,973 theaters. The film grossed $15.7 million over the four-day opening weekend that included the U.S. holiday Independence Day, ranking fourth at the box office.
The studio reported that 71% of the audience was over 50 years old. The independent firm CinemaScore said its exit polling showed that 93% of the audience was over 25 years old, which The Hollywood Reporter said was "old even for an adult-skewing pic". CinemaScore reported that theatergoers gave the film a "B" grade. The film's box office performance was considered a disappointment, particularly with Hanks and Roberts as the stars.
Larry Crowne grossed $35.6 million in the United States and Canada, though tallies for international box office has varied depending on source. The-Numbers.com reports a worldwide total of $59.8 million whereas Box Office Mojo states a worldwide gross of $72 million. According to Box Office Magazine, the movie has grossed $68.6 million worldwide.
Critical reception 
The film received generally negative reviews. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 34% based on reviews from 181 critics with an average rating of 5/10. It reported the overall consensus, "Despite the relaxed, easy chemistry of stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, Larry Crowne is surprisingly bland and conventional." Roger Ebert gave the film two stars out of four, stating that the film has "a good premise and a colorful supporting cast, but what it doesn't have is a reason for existing". At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 41 based on 41 reviews. It was released on DVD November 15, 2011.
The film's soundtrack was released by Rhino Records on June 28, 2011.
- Electric Light Orchestra – "Hold On Tight"
- Tom Petty – "Runnin' Down a Dream"
- Swingfly – "Something’s Got Me Started"
- Billy Squier – "The Stroke"
- Sky Ferreira – "Obsession"
- Electric Light Orchestra – "Calling America"
- Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – "Listen to Her Heart"
- Smokey Robinson – "Cruisin'"
- Tyler Hilton – "Faithful"
- Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – "Walls (No.3)"
- Jarrod Gorbel – "I’ll Do Better"
- Gigi – "The Hundredth Time"
- James Newton Howard – "French Toast"
See also 
- That Thing You Do! (1996), Tom Hanks' directorial debut
- Fleming, Michael (February 7, 2006). "U invites Hanks out on 'Town'". Variety.
- McNary, Dave (January 11, 2010). "Hanks, Roberts reteam for 'Crowne'". Variety.
- Kit, Borys (October 14, 2010). "Bryan Cranston eyes Hanks-Roberts film". Variety.
- Kaufman, Amy; Fritz, Ben (June 30, 2011). "Movie Projector: 'Transformers' will detonate competition at holiday box office". Los Angeles Times.
- Kit, Borys; Kilday, Gregg (October 14, 2010). "Universal grabs Roberts-Hanks' 'Crowne'". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Gray, Brandon (July 4, 2011). "Weekend Report: 'Transformers' Claims Independence Gross Record". Box Office Mojo.
- McClintock, Pamela (July 4, 2011). "Larry Crowne's Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts Whiff, Draw Mostly Over-50 Audience". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Larry Crowne". The-Numbers.com. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
- "Larry Crowne". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
- Box Office.com (Larry Crowne)
- "Larry Crowne". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 28, 2011.
- Ebert, Roger. "Larry Crowne". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
- "Larry Crowne". Metacritic. Retrieved October 28, 2011.
- Official website
- Larry Crowne at the Internet Movie Database
- Larry Crowne at Rotten Tomatoes
- Are America and Tom Hanks out of step? at Los Angeles Times