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"Larry Crowne" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Clements

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Synopsis

This movie opens with the firing of Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) who was a dedicated and fastidious employee of a big box store known as U Mart.  Larry had come to work at U Mart after retiring from a 20-year career as a Navy cook.  We also learn that he was recently divorced and is upside down on his mortgage.  Larry needs to make a change to find work in this difficult economic climate and so he decides to enroll in the local community college to enhance his marketability.  There, he befriends a group of fellow scooter-riders and develops a crush on his speech teacher, Mercedes Tainot (Julia Roberts).

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2011, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 39 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Bryan Cranston, Cedric the Entertainer and Gugu Mbatha-Raw
  • Directed by Tom Hanks
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

This is a hopeful and charming movie about a likeable main character who decides to reinvent himself. There is an easygoing on-screen chemistry between Hanks and Roberts which really makes this film click.  Another standout performance was by Gugu Mbatha-Raw who plays Talia, the spiritual leader of the scooter gang.  And Cedric the Entertainer is spot on in his role as Hanks' neighbor and the "Prime Minister" of their cul-de-sac.  Another excellent performace was George Takei as the droll Economics professor, Dr. Matsutani.  Hanks co-wrote, directed and took the lead role in this movie.  This is another solid rental recommendation for a light diversion.

Technical

The 2.40:1 transfer is bright, sharp and colorful with reference quality contrast.  This movie has no audio dynamite and the 5.1 DTS-HD Master audio is servicable with clear, intelligible dialog and pedestrian sound effects.

Extras

This single disc package has some solid Special Features - a pocket BLU app, Deleted Scenes, The Making of Larry Crowne and a "Fun on Set" segment.