Back against life’s hard knocks
cinematic trifle garnished with an unwavering belief that it’s never too late to embrace life. Larry overcomes redundancy by dressing 20 years younger, slicking up his hair, swapping his gas-guzzling car for a scooter and broadening his education. Larry Crowne (Hanks) left school and signed up as a cook with the Navy, serving his country until he secured a job as a team leader at a superstore, where the staff adore him. On the day he hopes to win another Employee Of The Month award, Larry is called to the staff room and made redundant. They are downsizing Larry because he has no educational qualifications and therefore cannot climb the corporate ladder. Larry decides to broaden his skills base by enrolling for public speaking and economics classes at East Valley Community College. Larry meets feisty teacher Mercedes Tainot (Roberts), who is stuck in an unfulfilling marriage to her husband, Dean (Bryan Cranston). Larry gains in confidence with encouragement from classmates and neighbours. Eventually, Larry musters the courage to ask Mercedes to join him on his haphazard journey of selfdiscovery. FAMILY WATCH: Swearing, No Sex, No Violence.