Larry Crowne

Synopsis: Until he was downsized, affable, amiable Larry Crowne (Hanks) was a superstar team leader at the big-box company where he's worked since his time in the Navy. Underwater on his mortgage and unclear on what to do with his suddenly free days, Larry heads to his local college to start over. There he becomes part of a colorful community of outcasts, also-rans and the overlooked all trying to find a better future for themselves...often moving around town in a herd of scooters. In his public-speaking class, Larry develops an unexpected crush on his teacher Mercedes Tainot (Roberts), who has lost as much passion for teaching as she has for her husband. The simple guy who has every reason to think his life has stalled will come to learn an unexpected lesson: when you think everything worth having has passed you by, you just might discover your reason to live.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Tom Hanks
Production: Universal Pictures
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min


- Hey, Sam!

- Hi, Larry.




Welcome to UMart.

Easy now. Easy. Easy. Try this, right here.


But they're not... Actually, Mr Avery!

- How much does this go for?

- $279.69


That was a wild ride from this horsey

for that little pickle bug! Wasn't it?

- I am so sorry.

- No, I understand.

This happens all the time,

but it's usually the helicopter.


You zone the entire depot, every rack,

before you punch out.

It's not just policy.

It's the right thing to do.

- What'd they say?

- You have to listen twice.

Larry Crowne to the

common break area.

"Larry Crowne to the common break area"?

Yeah, that's what I heard. I wonder why.

It's Employee of the Month day.


How many will this be?

Oh, I'm not saying. Nine.

Larry Crowne on deck, as ordered.

Hey, Vicky, where were you

in Alvarez' baby pool?

I had last week. What a dope.

Front office personnel are recommended

to leave the employee pools

to the hourly staff, Larry. You know that.

That's too bad.

You could've won a hundred bucks.

Cubby, make tracks, please.

Oh, I'm sorry. I was just taking a break

in the common break area.

You know, I think I know

what this is about.

I don't think you do.

- Crowne...

- Mmm.

There's been a restructuring ordered

throughout the UMart nation.

Now, "restructuring" is their word.

Ask me, it's a pain in the tuchis.

That's right, isn't it,

tuchis, where you get kicked?

- A Yiddish word, yeah.

- Absolutely.

- It's like the buttocks.

- Tuchis and buttocks, synonymous.

Well, it hurts when you get kicked back there

no matter what language you're speaking.

You bet.


I'm sorry, but we've come to a parting

of the ways, UMart and you.

Miss Hurley will explain.

UMart's policy is to never limit

the opportunities of our employees,

no matter their race, gender,

age, sexual orientation.

It's all published on the website.

A mandatory review of the records

of all team leaders has revealed

that you never matriculated

to a university or college.

That makes you a 4

on the advancement scale of 1 to 4,

4 being the least recommended.

You're limited in your opportunities

for all further advancement corporate-wide,

and that's something UMart does not do.

That's, uh, something UMart does not do.

Well, this sounds like you're firing me.

See, Larry, here's the problem.

Your lack of educational background

is gonna forever retard your movement

up the UMart ladder.

You're forever retarded, Crowne,

'cause you didn't go to college.

SMU. Class of '86. That's solid gold, man.

They just don't give those away.

Three years, Chico State.

So, that's why everybody's

made front office except me?

You and I

went head-to-head, Larry.

I mean, who'd have thought

I'd get promoted over you?

I chose the Navy

right out of high school.

I did almost 20 years.

Weren't you a cook?

We'd like to thank you for your service

to the nation, Larry,

and, frankly, in all seriousness,

for your service to UMart, too,

but that's over with now.

Absolutely. Hey, ho, hey, pizza left.

- One slice. Anybody want it?

- No.


No. No. No, no, no. No, no, no.

Listen, please, please,

don't, I cannot be fired.

These last couple years

have just been a bloodbath.

I mean, I have really taken a beating.

Hey, we've all gotten our clocks cleaned

by our ex-wives. Am I right?

Larry, the timing on something like this

is always a bitch.

It's always a bitch.

I thought I was gonna be

Employee of the Month.

Well, in a way, you are.

According to your website,

the position is still open.

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Tom Hanks

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. Hanks is known for his comedic and dramatic roles in such films as Splash (1984), Big (1988), Turner & Hooch (1989), A League of Their Own (1992), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Apollo 13 (1995), You've Got Mail (1998), The Green Mile (1999), Cast Away (2000), Road to Perdition (2002), Cloud Atlas (2012), Captain Phillips (2013), Saving Mr. Banks (2013), and Sully (2016). He has also starred in the Robert Langdon film series, and voices Sheriff Woody in the Toy Story film series. Hanks has collaborated with film director Steven Spielberg on five films to date: Saving Private Ryan (1998), Catch Me If You Can (2002), The Terminal (2004), Bridge of Spies (2015), and The Post (2017), as well as the 2001 miniseries Band of Brothers, which launched Hanks as a successful director, producer, and screenwriter. In 2010, Spielberg and Hanks were executive producers on the HBO miniseries The Pacific. Hanks' films have grossed more than $4.5 billion at U.S. and Canadian box offices and more than $9.0 billion worldwide, making him the fourth highest-grossing actor in North America. Hanks has been nominated for numerous awards during his career. He won a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Philadelphia (1993), as well as a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a People's Choice Award for Best Actor for Forrest Gump (1994). In 1995, Hanks became one of only two actors who won the Academy Award for Best Actor in consecutive years, with Spencer Tracy being the other. This feat has not been accomplished since. In 2004, he received the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). In 2014, he received a Kennedy Center Honor and, in 2016, he received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama, as well as the French Legion of Honor. more…

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