Larry Crowne: Reviewed

I had slightly above average hopes for Tom Hanks’ latest offering, “Larry Crowne,” and in typical Hanks’ fashion, that is exactly what he delivered.

“Larry Crowne” is exactly what you would expect.  In the immortal words of Denny Green, “Larry Crowne is what we thought it would be.”  And that is to say:  a nice, safe, predictable Tom Hanks’ movie.  The feel good hit of the summer.  Everyone leaves the theater smiling.  No feathers ruffled.  No controversy.  I chuckled a handful of times.  I even did the laugh where I laugh a little bit longer and louder than everyone else just to leave my mark on the movie.  I want to feel like a part of the process.

In a nutshell:  Tom Hanks is a likable, nerdy guy who goes back to college as an older than average student.  My personal observation was that he was treated much nicer at his college than the older than average students were treated at Moorhead State Univestity back in the day.  Just sayin’.

In a shocking development, Hanks develops a relationship with one of his teachers, Julia Roberts.  I did not see that coming.

So anyway, you can go to this movie if you want.  Or, you can sit at home and imagine what the movie would be like and you would be spot-on.  Your choice.  I went to get out of the oppressive heat we Midwesterners must endure during our long, torturous summers.

Larry Crowne:  3 out of 5 stars.

Carmike 10.  Popcorn and Diet Coke.

Too many previews.