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Film Date :   July 1, 2011
Genre :   Romance Comedy Melodrama   
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Larry Crowne

Larry Crowne

Larry Crowneis a 2011 American romantic comedy film starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts . The film was directed by Hanks, who co-wrote its screenplay with Nia Vardalos .Larry Crownewas released onJuly 1, 2011 in the United States and Canada.

Larry Crowne ( Tom Hanks ), a middle-aged Navy veteran is fired from his job at a big-box store , despite his seniority and satisfactory work, because the company has decided that his lack of a college education impedes any chance of advancement. Larry, who is divorced and lives alone, cannot find a job and he almost loses his house. Larry's neighbor, Lamar ( Cedric the Entertainer ), advises him to enroll in the local community college and get an education in order to get better opportunities in the future.

Larry then decides to check out the college campus, and as he is looking over the college catalog, he meets the college dean, Dave Busik ( Holmes Osborne ), who encourages him to take Economics and Speech. Later, while pumping gas in his SUV, he sees a couple on scooters filling up gas and how much cheaper it is to do so. This prompts Larry to haggle with Lamar over a scooter that Lamar is selling at his never-ending yard sale.

At the first day of school, Larry meets Talia ( Gugu Mbatha-Raw ), a free-spirit who also drives a scooter. They form a friendship right away. Mercedes Tainot ( Julia Roberts ) pulls up to the parking lot, and appears reluctant to be at the college. She walks into the Speech class that she teaches and notices only nine students in attendance. Mercedes makes an announcement that since the state requires at least ten students to be registered for a single class, that the class is cancelled, much to her delight. Suddenly, Larry appears and wonders if he is not too late for class. With Larry now being the tenth student registered in class, Mercedes reluctantly begins teaching class.

Larry and Talia share the same Economics class, taught by Dr. Ed Matsutani ( George Takei ), who mixes sarcasm with seriousness in his teachings. He appears to pay strict attention to Larry and confiscates Larry's cell phone due to his texting habits with Talia.

Mercedes comes home to her husband Dean ( Bryan Cranston ), who is looking at pornography on his computer, but removes the web pages before Mercedes can catch him in the act. Apparently, Mercedes already knows of his porn-browsing, and Dean's defense is that he's just "a guy, who’s a guy, being a guy." Mercedes is unhappy with her marriage and is an alcoholic .

Talia takes a strong liking to Larry and invites him to join a gang of people who ride scooters that is led by her boyfriend Dell Gordo ( Wilmer Valderrama ), who appears to be somewhat jealous of all the attention Talia gives Larry. Talia and her friends raid Larry's living room and rearrange his furniture, while one of her friends gives Larry a haircut. Talia also gives Larry a bunch of clothes she keeps in her storage unit. Larry is fitting in quickly with Talia and her gang.

One night, after a date night with Dean goes horribly wrong, a drunken Mercedes demands to be let out of the car. Larry and gang notice Mercedes waiting alone at a bus stop, and Talia encourages Larry to give her a ride home. Mercedes reluctantly gets on Larry's scooter with a helmet on, but her attitude changes when they ride by Dean getting arrested by a couple of police officers. When Larry gets Mercedes to her home, she asks Larry for a kiss, and they do. She wants to have sex as well, but Larry declines, not wanting to take advantage of her. After she closes the door, Larry appears happy over their kiss.

Dean comes home by cab to find all his stuff on the front lawn. Mercedes, who is now starting to take a liking to Larry, sees him and Talia together and is slightly jealous of their relationship, but is unaware that they are just friends. She makes Larry wait after class to tell him not to brag to anyone about what happened the night before. Larry says he will keep silent about what had occurred between them.

Now that Larry cannot afford to live in his house any longer, he uses the knowledge he gained in his Economics class to legally turn over his house and keys to the bank, with a 30-day notice that he will be gone. Larry ends up hosting a yard sale and pizza party at Lamar's house, and upon paying for the pizzas, he's surprised to see that the delivery man is Jack ( Rob Riggle ), a snide executive who helped fire Larry. Larry is also now working at at a diner run by his friend, Frank ( Ian Gomez ). Mercedes runs into Talia, who is telling her English teacher ( Pam Grier ), that she will be dropping out of college to start a thrift store . Mercedes assumes that Larry must know about her actions due to their supposed relationship, but Talia assures her that they are just friends. Mercedes appears to be happier now that she knows the truth. Larry, however, does not know about Talia dropping out, since he was surprised that he didn't see her in Economics class that day. He visits Talia, and appears to be slightly disappointed about her actions, but also wishes her luck in her future endeavors.

Finals now come, and right before the Speech final, Larry and Mercedes meet outside class, with her telling Larry that she scheduled him last with his "geography" speech. After everyone has gone, Larry stands up in class and talks about his travels around the world in his time in the Navy, and makes relations to the other students' speeches, who all appear to be inspired by his. Larry then looks at Mercedes as he mentions that he could never have told about his life with great passion and enthusiasm if he had not taken her Speech class. Larry is given a big round of applause by his classmates, as well as Mercedes, who is happier in her life without Dean and has developed a passion for teaching again.

While at work at the diner, Larry sees Mercedes with a friend, and approaches the table. She tells Larry that she gave him an "A+" in her class, which makes him very happy about going to school and finding more meaning in his life. When the next term begins, some of the students from Mercedes' Speech class register for her Shakespeare class, but are sad to see that Larry isn't registered for that class as well. Larry is seen taking Dr. Matsutani's second-term Economics class.

Mercedes walks to her office and sees a note from Larry on the door, which is an invitation to have her over for a French toast dinner, with the address to his new apartment. She drives over to his apartment and he greets her, they kiss and both enter the apartment, closing the door behind them.

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