Screen Junkies » Larry Crowne http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:39:03 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 We Predict The 2012 Razzie Awards Nominees http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/we-predict-the-2012-razzie-awards-nominees/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/we-predict-the-2012-razzie-awards-nominees/#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2012 21:00:32 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=245638 Without so much bad released in 2011, it's really hard to pick the worst of the worst.

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This year, the Razzies will announce their dishonorable nominees on Oscars’ eve, February 25th, 2012. Because we hate waiting, we went ahead and put together our list of who we think the nominees will be. Bear in mind, the Razzies take terrible films very seriously and their nominees are determined by more than 725 film professionals, film journalists and film fans from around the U.S. and 15 foreign countries. And I’m just one man. One man who really hated Joe Wright‘s Hanna.

That said, I don’t envy the Razzie committee. There was just so much sh*t in theaters in 2011. And though I hate Hanna with a fiery passion, I just couldn’t fit it into the categories where it really deserved to be publicly gutted. Here’s my stab at who I think will be in contention for the Razzies’ gold when the winners are announced on April Fools Day. We’ll see how close I was come February 25th.

Worst Picture

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part One
The Green Lantern
Jack & Jill
Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star
Just Go With It

Should the above films be nominated for Worst Picture, it’s going to be a tough race. Though I’d say the frontrunners are all in the Happy Madison camp. I could see Jack & Jill sweeping the entire ceremony, but Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star isn’t to be discounted either. The porn parody received a 0% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes as well as 0% laughter from audiences.

Worst Actress

Paula PattonMission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Natalie PortmanThor
Adam SandlerJack & Jill
Julia Roberts – Larry Crowne
Sarah Jessica ParkerI Don’t Know How She Does It

Though all of the ladies above were exceptionally terrible in these roles, Jack & Jill needs to be made an example of. We can’t just allow movies this bad to keep happening. We need to send a message to all of the Tyler Perrys and Big Mommas and whatever Rob Schneider is cooking up next.

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Weekend Box Office Report: America Loves ‘Transformers’* http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-report-america-loves-transformers/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-report-america-loves-transformers/#comments Mon, 04 Jul 2011 16:28:13 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=218812 *But not as much as the rest of the world does.

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Independence Day Weekend is a great time for barbecue, fireworks, and going to the movies. And this year, enough people worldwide went to see Transformers: Dark of the Moon to make it the third-best worldwide opening of all time, grossing a transformative (sorry) $372 million.

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Now, for the bad news: Here in the US of A, Transformers: Dark of the Moon actually grossed less than its predecessor, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – it fell short of the earlier film’s $108 million gross by more than $10 million. Still, don’t feel too bad for Michael Bay and company – the third Transformers is still expected to break the Independence Day weekend record held by Spider-Man 2 by the time all the numbers for today roll in, recycled footage be damned. God bless America.

Uh, apparently there was another movie that opened this weekend too. It’s called Larry Crowne, a romantic comedy directed by up-and-comer Tom Hanks, who’s probably going to have a little trouble getting work after its paltry $14 million-dollar opening weekend. Maybe next time, kid. (The Playlist)

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/gugu-mbatha-raw/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/gugu-mbatha-raw/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2011 17:51:36 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=218762 British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw appears in 'Larry Crowne.'

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British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw appears in Larry Crowne. She recently had a starring role in the short-lived television series “Undercovers.” Next year, she’ll play a role in the film Odd Thomas.

A word from Gugu: On the similarities between theatre and film acting: “Both require stamina and the acting part is always the acting part. So it’s really just how it’s pieced together that’s different.”

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Review: Larry Crowne http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-larry-crowne/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-larry-crowne/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2011 06:58:33 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=218583 It's like a highbrow 'Billy Madison'.

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I was all set to hate Larry Crowne. I thought it was trying to be a highbrow Billy Madison only it wouldn’t really have the balls to be that. It would have to be important and poignant, right? No, it actually is a highbrow Billy Madison! This is Hanks’ return to wacky comedies like Turner & Hooch!

Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) gets fired from U-Mart. He can’t get a good job since he skipped college to join the Navy, so he goes back to community college. Mercy Tainot (Julia Roberts) teaches his secondary level speech course so he learns to come out of his shell, along with the help of all his wacky classmates.

New 'Larry Crowne' Trailer Is Like A More Serious 'Back To School'

I’ll admit, the first impression is not good. It already looks bad on paper and even the first act just makes you defensive, like this movie’s going to annoy you with quirk. Damned if the quirk wasn’t genuine though. I know a lot of my colleagues hated it. Maybe they went to the bathroom during the part where it wins you over so they sat through the rest thinking it was still annoying.

Every oral report Tainot assigns is basically a sketch comedy montage. The characters do the rest. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is so adorable you forgive her having to play Talia as one dimensionally sassy. Talia’s so perky she names Larry Lance and gives him a new wardrobe. Talia’s biker boyfriend Dell Gordo (Wilmer Valderrama) snaps his fingers like West Side Story. Steve Dibiasi (Rami Malek) thinks clairvoyant is someone’s name. Dave Mack (Malcolm Barrett) always gives the funniest reports. His Star Trek fandom manages to be funny even though we’ve seen that joke before. It’s the context and sincerity.

Roberts gives her best performance in a decade. She embraces the bitter, burnt out professor, putting real character into Mercy’s dirty looks. Bryan Cranston infuses so much character into her husband Dean, three scenes are all he needs. Hanks plays it really goofy, slow talking and bumbling on his scooter.

I’ve been waiting for a movie to go loose with its plot and just focus on the experience. We all know the same old structure. Larry’s going to get together with Mercy, you don’t need to construct an Inception plot to convince us that it works out. Larry Crowne focuses on the individual moments. I know, Tree of Life did that too, but that was about an abusive father and this is about a middle-aged dude going back to college.

I think Larry Crowne captures the nostalgia Super 8 failed to. Larry’s nostalgia isn’t for early childhood, it’s for the college phase of starting one’s adult life. So Larry can’t repeat elementary school but they can cram all those random whimsical encounters into a young adult setting.

 

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New ‘Larry Crowne’ Trailer Is Like A More Serious ‘Back To School’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-larry-crowne-trailer-is-like-a-more-serious-back-to-school/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-larry-crowne-trailer-is-like-a-more-serious-back-to-school/#comments Fri, 10 Jun 2011 19:36:42 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=215707 Plus, the added power of George Takei.

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Seems weird that Tom Hanks would want to target a new trailer for Larry Crowne directly at Trekkies, but whatever. To each their own.

The new trailer is very similar to the previous one. Middle-aged nerdy guy gets fired from the box factory, enrolls in college, bangs hot teacher. It’s kind of like Back To School without the awesome parts. This time around, George Takei chews the scenery as an economics professor. Here’s hoping he goes all Kinison and has a screaming fit. And then Cedric the Entertainer says, “Damn!” Please take note Hollywood, this is the closest that Cedric the Entertainer should be to a Back To School remake.

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Tom Hanks And Julia Roberts Make Us All Nostalgic In ‘Larry Crowne’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/tom-hanks-and-julia-roberts-make-us-all-nostalgic-in-larry-crowne/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/tom-hanks-and-julia-roberts-make-us-all-nostalgic-in-larry-crowne/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2011 17:43:29 +0000 Dave Horwitz http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=201919 Tom Hanks. Julia Roberts. It's time to party like it's 1987-1999.

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Did I just timewarp back to 1995, or is this a brand new romantic comedy starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts? Alas, time travel isn’t real, and so it’s sadly just a regular ol’ brand new romcom from this very year, 2o11. Larry Crowne, about a happy go lucky (read: seemingly a little dumb?) man, played by Hanks, who’s fired from his job for lacking a college degree. Who should turn out to be his junior college speech professor but the queen of big smiles and winning laughs herself, J. Robz? Also, he rides a scooter and acts excited. It looks… well it looks like exactly what I just described. Larry Crowne is directed by Hanks and will invade theaters and your hearts July 1st.

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Check Out The First Clip Of Tom Hanks And Julia Roberts In ‘Larry Crowne’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/check-out-the-first-clip-of-tom-hanks-and-julia-roberts-in-larry-crowne/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/check-out-the-first-clip-of-tom-hanks-and-julia-roberts-in-larry-crowne/#comments Mon, 28 Feb 2011 19:43:14 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=30649 And Jimmy Kimmel is indirectly involved, too.

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Ah, movie stars. When you or I spend a month or two goofing off, it’s vacation. When they do it, it’s a summer tent pole with millions of dollars invested and millions more to be spent in marketing and promotion. So it is with Larry Crowne, what looks to be a delightful frolic starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, both of whom I’ve always preferred in comedies over heavy drama (this goes for Hanks especially).

Anyway, you can watch the clip here, from Hanks’ appearance last night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” The clip from the movie comes in at around one minute into the video. (via The Playlist)

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