DVD: “Larry Crowne” a low-key comedy

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LARRY CROWNE
RUSS SIMMONS:
Fifteen years after directing his last feature film, Tom Hanks returns to the director’s chair with the low-key comedy, “Larry Crowne.”
Hanks plays an unemployed worker whose life changes dramatically when he takes some classes at a community college. There he meets an attractive speech teacher played by Julia Roberts and, well, you can probably guess what happens.
SHAWN EDWARDS:
Co-writer, director and star tom hanks delivers a lighthearted, super audience friendly slice of basic feel good cinema.
Nothing spectacular happens, none of the performances are amazing, no new ground is broken in the technical department…But “Larry Crowne” is completely watchable.
Sure Tom Hanks isn’t the mega-watt superstar he used to be and so what if Julia Roberts’ star power as severely faded.
The two are fun to wach even if they don’t have all that much chemistry together.
RUSS:
“Larry Crowne” is a pleasant but innocuous rom-com that relies heavily on the charm of its stars…and on that count, it delivers.
SHAWN:
“Larry Crowne” is refreshingly funny and heartfelt.
Nice adult escapism that reflects the sign of the times with a wink and a smile.
RUSS:
It’s a genial but forgettable bit of hollywood piffle.
SHAWN:
The extras are basic but at least you get a couple of really good deleted scenes, fun on the set and an interesting making of showing Tom Hanks at work.

Russ: 3 out of 5 Popcorn Bags; Shawn: 3 out of 5 Popcorn Bags

BEGINNERS

SHAWN
“Beginners” is a rare treat. It’s funny and moving. This is storytelling at it’s best. And two terrific performances. Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor are fantastic. Christopher Plummer deserves an Oscar. Not a nom, but the win.
It plays out as a cinematic reawakening without being preachy or dull. Ultimately this is a movie that’s full of vigor and demonstrates that the possibilities of life are never ending. One of the best father-son films you’ll see.

Shawn: 4 out of 5 Popcorn Bags

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