Larry Crowne PosterThe trailer for ‘Larry Crowne’ played in front of ‘Water for Elephants‘ this weekend, and it looks pretty fun. Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, who worked together on ‘Charlie Wilson’s War,’ re-team in this dramedy about second chances and starting over.

Hanks plays Larry Crowne, an amiable employee at a big box store where he’s worked since his time in the Navy. But when he’s downsized, Larry starts over by heading back to college, where he enrolls in a public speaking class taught by Mercedes Tainot (Roberts). Sort of NBC’s ‘[amazon_link id=”B003L77G3I” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Community[/amazon_link],’ only on the big screen. Both are distributed by Universal, interestingly enough.

Larry develops a crush on Mercedes, and she’s sort of floundering, too. She she has about as much passion for teaching as she does her husband (not). Maybe the two can help each other out of the doldrums.

Hanks and Roberts are two actors who are comfortable with each other, and it’ll be fun seeing them onscreen together again. They’re usually behind the scenes as producers these days, so it must be a worthy project to get them in front of the camera. I just hope it doesn’t end up being Hanks and Roberts as Hanks and Roberts on screen. There’s more danger of that with her, because she tends to play the same sort of character in a lot of her movies.

Hanks serves as director, writer and producer on ‘Larry Crowne,’ with Nia Vardalos (‘[amazon_link id=”B000089QBK” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]My Big Fat Greek Wedding[/amazon_link]’) as a writer, as well. She hasn’t really had a hit since that movie, so maybe this will re-ignite her career. The movie also features Bryan Cranston, Wilmer Valderrama, Taraji P. Henson, Cedric the Entertainer and Grace Gummer (Meryl Streep’s 24-year-old daughter).

‘Larry Crowne’ is rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual content; 99 min.; in theaters July 1, 2011; official ‘Larry Crowne’ site; Facebook; Universal Pictures on Twitter.




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