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Larry Crowne

Life's troubles are played mostly for laughs in Tom Hank's mild comedy

click to enlarge Never too late: Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks
Never too late: Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks
The titular fellow (played by Hanks) counters an ignoble work dismissal by enrolling in community college. There, Larry discovers a gift for economics; becomes the make-over darling of the scooter set; and strikes a few sparks with his speech teacher (Julia Roberts). Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) co-wrote Larry with Hanks. Its characterizations fall between bland and predictable (it doesn't help that TV's Community has mined much of its turf), and any charm it offers is borne on the backs of two of America's most-beloved stars, Hanks and Roberts. You'll never believe for a minute that they're anybody but Hanks and Roberts, here delivering their signature styles with no sweat -- but I guess that's why we love 'em.

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