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DVD Review: Larry Crowne

Somewhere in a dark corner of hell, a satanic film class is waiting to study Larry Crowne.

Genre: Comedy

Director: Tom Hanks

Stars: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Sarah Mahoney

*1⁄2

Somewhere in a dark corner of hell, a satanic film class is waiting to study Larry Crowne.

Can there be a better textbook example of soulless Hollywood product than this Tom Hanks/Julia Roberts vehicle? It’s a movie of unbelievable characters, fake emotions and unearned resolutions, cynically pitched as a feel-good flick about coping with unemployment.

Hanks (who also directs, and co-writes with Nia Vardalos) stars as the low-ambition Larry, who happily toils as a minimum-wage drone at U-Mart, a fictional Walmart clone.

When he gets the boot one day after being told he doesn’t meet their requirements because he’s lacking a degree, Larry picks himself up and immediately enrolls at a community college.

There he must take a public-speaking course taught by Mercy, played by the perpetually brittle Julia Roberts.

You get no awards if you figure out there will be a romance between Mercy and Larry. But don’t get excited ... the sparks from these two couldn’t ignite an open barrel of gasoline.

Extras include deleted scenes and a making-of featurette.

 
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