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First Look: LARRY CROWNE

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
November 4th, 2010

With day one of this year’s American Film Market now in the books, we all can finally catch our breath and check out a few of the bigger stories coming out of the annual event.

One of the more interesting pieces of news that’s come out of the event is a brand new photo from the upcoming film, LARRY CROWNE.

What makes this such a special project? Well, not only does it star both Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, but it also happens to be written and directed by Hanks himself. It follows a man who must start a new career as he makes his way to the second half of his life, and features a massive cast including Peter Scolari, Bryan Cranston, Wilmer Valderrama, Taraji P. Henson, Rami Malek, George Takei, Pam Grier, and Rita Wilson, just to name a few.

Collider has a new photo from the film, and while it’s hard to really get anything from a single photo, it does look rather impressive visually. I am a huge fan of Hanks as an actor and director, and honestly, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Roberts, so hopefully this one can live up to the pedigree that these two, and its impressive cast, give it.

Here’s the film’s synopsis:

Oscar® winners Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts reunite for a dramatic comedy about how the hard knocks from today’s recession inspire one everyday guy to undergo a personal reinvention: Larry Crowne.

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.

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