Larry Crowne trailer revives romantic comedy?
I'm first to admit that Hollywood rolls out a dirge of dull, half attempted romantic comedies which are so formulaic they are depressing. Well I'm also first to admit that I'm not a complete hater of the genre, and I really do love it when they are done well.
The trailer for Larry Crowne makes me think that here, it's done well, and with a great cast who really connect. There's Tom Hanks, not playing for the heart straight out and looking like he's playing a normal, everyday guy, and then there's Julia Roberts, who just looks great, plus they've given her character a nice edge.
The set-up for Larry Crowne looks great already, I really like this, and I'm surprised I've warmed to it so easily.
Here's a blurb for the film:
Until he was downsized, affable, amiable Larry Crowne (Hanks) was a superstar team leader at the big-box company where he's worked since his time in the Navy. Underwater on his mortgage and unclear on what to do with his suddenly free days, Larry heads to his local college to start over. There he becomes part of a colorful community of outcasts, also-rans and the overlooked all trying to find a better future for themselves...often moving around town in a herd of scooters. In his public-speaking class, Larry develops an unexpected crush on his teacher Mercedes Tainot (Roberts), who has lost as much passion for teaching as she has for her husband.
The simple guy who has every reason to think his life has stalled will come to learn an unexpected lesson: when you think everything worth having has passed you by, you just might discover your reason to live.
So what, Tom Hanks is playing the character where all our sympathies are going to be drawn to, but there's nothing particularly odd or sympathetic about him other than he's a normal bloke, or at least it looks like he will be, surrounded by a world that doesn't seem to want him anymore.
Plus it looks like there's going to be a lot of hope for the characters in the film, and for those watching, something that we do need to see sometimes, and now is a good time to see some of that hope. Yes, I'm liking Larry Crowne.
I'm liking the way that Hanks' character is, but more than anything I'm liking Roberts' character who looks to be filled with fun and quirks, as is the story itself. Yep, I'm in.