Back against life’s hard knocks

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - BIG SCREEN - Da­mon Smith

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.

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