Larry Crowne - Review

Larry Crowne

Anyone who has seen any posters for Larry Crowne knows that there's a middle-aged star at the center of this gummy, aspirational romantic comedy. I'm talking, of course, about the 1983 Yamaha Riva 180 scooter upon whose banana seat Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts perch like vibrant baby boomers who have just saved 15 percent on motorized-bike insurance. Well-loved Hanks and Roberts may be the human horsepower pulling in audiences for this middle-of-the-road, recession-era Hollywood diversion. But when the credits roll after the predetermined happy ending, all that is likely to remain in your memory is the retro cuteness of that four-stroke Riva 180 and the movie's gang of even cooler Italian models into whose jaunty company the little scoot falls. It's always nice to get a visit from Tom and Julia (even if you're left wondering when the gentleman and lady became mature ambassadors from the land of gallant pre-Twitter celebrity). But just like the generic name of the title character, they are too easily forgotten here. Read More...

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