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REVIEW: Star Studded Cast Can't Save Tom Hanks' 'Larry Crowne'

The economic crisis just claimed another victim: the movie-going public going to see 'Larry Crowne.'Not sure if it wants to be a rom-com, social commentary, or inspirational drama, Tom Hanks ’ second directorial feature, which focuses on one man's plight in the Great Recession, tries to do it all, and in the process, does basically nothing. Hanks is Navy vet Larry, a nine-time employee of the month at U-Mart who walked into work one morning to find he was out of a job. Crowne rushes to college hoping to be more employable.There he encounters a circus of predictable characters. Crowne also hooks up with an unrealistic and stereotypical moped gang who use him as a pseudo Extreme Makeover project. This “biker” gang is supposed to represent a lifestyle so foreign to Larry, but the only life lesson he seems to learn from them is that polo shirts need not be tucked in.Everything in “Larry Crowne” is a caricature of a caricature, so much so that it feels like a bad after school special on edu...

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