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"Larry Crowne" stars Academy Award winners Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts who come together for a romantic and optimistic comedy about how the hard knocks from today's recession inspire one everyday guy to undergo a personal reinvention and find an unexpected second act in his life.

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 heeds the advice of his good friends and neighbors—Lamar (Cedric the Entertainer) and B'Ella (Taraji P. Henson)—and heads to his local college to start over.

At East Valley Community College, Larry becomes part of a colorful group of fellow scooterriding students—including the charming Talia (Gugu Mbatha -RAW) and her boyfriend, Dell (Wilmer Valderrama)—all trying to fi nd a better future for themselves.

Much to his surprise, he develops a crush on his public-speaking teacher, Mercedes Tainot (Roberts), who has lost as much passion for teaching as she has for her deadbeat husband, Dean (Bryan Cranston). Mercedes can't deny the changes in Larry are inspiring, nor can she deny her budding attraction to this middle-aged student, who is undergoing a fascinating transformation.

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.

Hanks directs "Larry Crowne" from a script he wrote with Nia Vardalos ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding," "Connie and Carla") and produces the romantic comedy with his longtime partner at Playtone, Gary Goetzman ("Mamma Mia!," "Where the Wild Things Are"). Their production team includes Academy Award-winning cinematographer Philippe Rousselot ("A River Runs Through It," "Sherlock Holmes"), editor Alan Cody (HBO's "The Pacific," "Big Love"), production designer Victor Kempster ("Charlie Wilson's War," "Natural Born Killers"), two-time Oscar-winning costume designer Albert Wolsky ("Bugsy," "All That Jazz") and composer James Newton Howard ("The Dark Knight," "My Best Friend's Wedding").

Larry Crowne's executive producers are Philippe Rousselet ("Source Code"), Steven Shareshian ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding"), Jeb Brody ("Little Miss Sunshine"), Fabrice Gianfermi ("Source Code") and David Coatsworth ("Underworld: Evolution").


Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 98 mins.
Release Date: July 1, 2011
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Production Companies:
Vendome Pictures

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