DVD: Larry Crowne (12)

 

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The global economy's in ruins, so, figures Tom Hanks, what every-one needs is a perky recession tale about a wholesome soul, Larry, who knuckles down and makes the best of it.

Hanks, of course, plays Larry, a diligent, decent shop worker who is downsized for his "lack of educational background". So he enrols in college, in a class entitled "The Art of Informal Remarks", taught by Julia Roberts's gloomy tutor. She's sad because her sleazy husband sneaks online to look at "Bra-busters, Triple X". Anyhow, Larry and teacher get it on. The moment they snog – Roberts's famous lips pressed up against Hanks's podgy face – is deeply unpleasant. This film is an insult.

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