CapriaMovies’ 8 Things About Larry Crowne
1. Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts are in this movie. To me, this is the draw. It could be about them sitting around watching TV, and I would be sitting there shoveling popcorn into my trap, wide-eyed. But that’s just me. I followed this film from the time it was announced that Tom was the co-writer, producer, director, and star. It was quite fun seeing his daily twitpic updates from the set. You may say I’m biased, but honestly, I was probably expecting more out of this film than most people, and I have to say it didn’t disappoint. It wasn’t what I expected at all, and yes it could have been better, but I still loved it.
2. One of the things I liked so much about this movie is that it gives you what you want without pushing too hard. Like, it has romance and is heartwarming and sweet - but not overly cutesy or cliche. It’s funny, but no one is pooping in the street while wearing a wedding dress (and thank fucking God for that). It has real life issues like the loss of a job, a failed marriage, etc - but none of it is pushing it or too unbelievable.
3. This movie predominantly exists in that lovely movie alternate universe where, if you are a good person with good intentions who works hard, everything in your life will absolutely work out. You’ll do well in school, you’ll make new friends, you’ll get a new job, and you’ll fall in love. It’s just that simple. A lot of people have been criticizing this film for that, and I honestly don’t know what the problem is. It was a nice change having things go pretty well for a change. Tom Hanks mentioned that he wanted to make an optimistic, anti-cynical film, and he certainly succeeded.
4. Some people have said this film was too gentle or a bit bland. To them I say, again (I just can’t bring up this point enough tbh) not every comedy is going to have a woman pooping in the street. Or in a sink. Or on a toilet. Honestly, pooping in general does not need to be found in movies at all, I say.
5. So, let’s talk about Tom and Julia again. Obviously, they were flawless as they always are. This movie is pretty light and airy - we’ve seen them perform much heavier roles - but there are still moments when I was absolutely wowed by their performances. What really stands out to me is when Larry Crowne gets fired, and is sitting in his car thinking about what the hell he is going to do. His face is just… he is the best.
6. I loved the rest of the cast. Bryan Cranston, George Takei, Rita Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (I had never seen her in anything before, but really enjoyed her and her character’s relationship with Larry - so sweet), Wilmer Valderrama, Pam Grier, Rami Malek, and Taraji P. Hensen, all give fantastic supporting performances.
7. I am now obsessed with motor scooters and will be getting one so I can run errands Tom Hanks style. Hopefully, I can also get a stencil of his faced spray painted onto the side as an homage, but I don’t know, we’ll see.
8. Finally, the press that Tom and Julia did for this film was almost better than the film itself, I have to say. They are just absolutely hysterical together and I wish they had used more improv in the film itself. Here are some links for your viewing pleasure!
Entertainment Tonight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sl5B_iJmm_c
Access Hollywood: http://youtu.be/VxuLeCl_CkQ
E! News: http://youtu.be/ltPVlyk_CLM
Pop Sugar: http://youtu.be/V6O9egWHbUo