Movie: Larry Crown
Like/Don't Like: Pass
Due to some miscommunication we were under the impression that this movie was 2 hours and 45 minutes. Which, in my book, is 45 minutes too long for any movie, an hour too long for a a romantic comedy, and an hour and a half too long for a romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts. There is only so much I can handle of her toothy grin. (Does anyone else get the feeling she hates you?) So around 1:30 I was feeling like it should be ending and was practically in the depths of despair when I realized we were only halfway through. You can imagine my elation when it actually came in at under two hours. We weren't clapping because it was any good. We were clapping because it was over.
It's not really bad, there just isn't anything there. It's basically a pretty long set up about this guy Larry Crown losing his job and going back to school and...that's it. He takes a public speaking class and an economics class (with George Takei as his teacher, hereafter known as The Guy Who Saved the Movie.) and falls in with a scooter gang (?) made up of young college kids who hang out at yard sales (Double ?). There is no real conflict, no real plot, and nothing really to keep your interested. There were, however, several instances of Tom Hanks wearing one of those ridiculous pocket chains. I hope the whole point of that was to feel embarrassed for the poor guy, because I did.