I should have learned by now. When going to a movie that's aimed at an older target audience, especially on a weekend matinee, arrive extra early. I haven't sat so many rows back in a while. But yes, Larry Crowne doesnt look like the typical flick I'd go for. Not exactly subject matter I find very relatable, nor is there any violence, offensive comedy, or singing. But what it does have is Mr Tom Hanks in the multi role of star, director, and co-writer. That, goddammit, is good enough for me.
Well, good enough for me to go. Not necessarily enough for me to enjoy it. The problem is that Hanks' title character is at a point in his life that royally sucks. His costar, Julia Roberts, is also at an equally low point. It's tough to successfully convey that type of feeling without dragging your audience down with you. Unfortunately, they kinda failed in that attempt. The majority of the film felt awkward and a little bit painful. Things did eventually pick up, but it took a while. I think Julia took the melancholy too far, and Hanks felt a little superficial. Not sure if it was the writing or the performance to blame. Either way, it makes me a sad panda.
The wins were in the supporting cast. Wilmer Valderrama was an unexpected surprise. Taraji P Hensen provided a bubbly burst of energy. Likewise Gugu Mbatha-Raw is one to keep an eye on for her fun spirit. I felt like George Takei was trying to chew scenery and ended up falling a bit short.
Overall, glad I went as it was at least different from your typical summer fare. But not the gold I would have expected from this group of Hollywood heroes.
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