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Larry Crowne Review Critics


Dave White Profile

Everything's cuter on a scooter. Read full review


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Not a Crowne-ing achievement. Read full review

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  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Every scene is on the prowl for laughs at the expense of the inherent drama in the lives of its colorful characters.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    It's easy enough to accept the romantic-comedy luck of the two finding each another. It's much tougher, and ultimately useless, to buy everything else about this fairy tale of self-reinvention in a stalled economy.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Hanks directs with assurance. Perhaps if he had teamed with a more agile writer, less given to cheesy yuck-fests, Larry Crowne would be the nuanced adult love story it aims to be.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

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

What 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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
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    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.

  • rolemodels true3

    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.

What to watch for
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    Violence: 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.

  • sex false2

    Sex: 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.

  • language false3

    Language: 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."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: 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.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and 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.