“Larry Crowne” is a 2011 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Tom Hanks, who also co-wrote and co-produced the film. The movie stars Hanks as the titular character, Larry Crowne, a middle-aged man who loses his job as a store clerk due to his lack of a college education.
In an effort to improve his prospects, Larry enrolls in a local community college, where he takes a public speaking course taught by Mercedes Tainot, played by Julia Roberts. Through the class, Larry meets a group of colorful and diverse students who help him discover a new sense of purpose and direction in his life.
As Larry navigates his way through college, he also develops a close relationship with Mercedes, who is struggling in her own personal life. The two begin to connect and find solace in each other’s company, despite their differences in age and background.
The film also features a talented supporting cast, including actors such as Cedric the Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, Wilmer Valderrama, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
“Larry Crowne” received mixed reviews from critics but was praised for its charming performances and heartwarming story. It was a modest box office success and marked Hanks’ second directorial effort after “That Thing You Do!” in 1996.
Duration: 98 min.